Despite their importance for national development, the number of engineers in Kenya still remains low. Following is a review of the laws, and the process of engineering registration in Kenya.
All forms of engineering practice in Kenya, including Agricultural Engineering are regulated by Law. At the moment, the prevailing law governing the profession is the Engineers Act of 2019. The Act is supported by the legal notice on engineering rules published on 5th April the same year. Together, the Act and the rules, among others, provide for the creation of an Engineers Board of Kenya in charge of the overall regulation of engineering practice in Kenya and the registration classes for engineers in Kenya.
The process of engineering registration starts after graduation. The candidate is expected to register with the Engineers Board of Kenya as a Graduate Engineer. A registered student of the board will then submit his/her certificate to IEK for consideration as a graduate member. Once successfully registered as a Graduate Engineer, the candidate is expected to demonstrate continuous training and professional practice under the supervision of a registered engineer for three years, to be registerable as a professional Engineer. Application for professional engineering registration starts with filling out the application form.
The Engineers Board of Kenya reviews the application against the prevailing legal requirements to determine if indeed the candidate is qualified to register. The candidate must have undergone a five-year engineering degree training and completed at least three years of professional practice under the supervision of a professional engineer. He should also be a corporate member of IEK.
If the candidate meets the above requirements, EBK will ask him/her to share his technical, training and experience report. A panel by the board will review the documents and invite the candidate to a professional interview. Marks are provided based on the quality of the technical and training report and the performance of the candidate in the interview. A score of above 50 % is considered adequate to pass the professional registration process and to be allowed by EBK to practice.
As part of its governance mandate, EBK publishes a set of professional guidelines for the profession. The board published the current guidelines in 2019-the guidelines have three parts. The first part introduces the characteristics of the profession, while the second part details the professional guidelines. The final part talks about engineering job functions and provides guidance on the standards of good conduct.