An important milestone was achieved in June 2020 at the annual meetings of the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) when the WFEO National Member of Costa Rica,
The Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y de Arquitectos de Costa Rica (CFIA), became a signatory of the Washington Accord.
WFEO congratulates CFIA on this very important achievement which will enable it to support the development of its engineering education system to internationally recognised benchmarks. We hope that the current projects at WFEO to mentor another national members on their journey will also be successful.
CFIA is the professional engineering and architecture organization in Costa Rica created by law in 1903 and which provides CFIA with the authority to regulate, control and develop professional practice for engineering and architecture. The recognition of CFIA as a signatory is the result of a journey that started in 2003. CFIA was mentored and supported on its journey by WFEO National Member Engineers Canada.
The story of the journey of CFIA to this important milestone is available in this document.
The following are photographs of the accreditation visits held during 2019 where the review teams from the signatories of the Washington Accord at the International Engineering Alliance participated:
Universidad Latina San Pedro, Civil Engineering program – February 2019: From left to right: Eng. Rafael Murillo (AAPIA Team), Eng. Eduardo Chacón (AAPIA Team), Ing. José Loría ( AAPIA Team – Mexico), Eng. Celina Siles (AAPIA), Eng. Freddy Bolaños ( AAPIA Team), Prof. Arthur Mak (WA R.Team)
Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica – TEC, Engineering in Safety and Environmental Hygiene program – February 2019: From left to right: Eng. Henry Alfaro (AAPIA Team), Eng. Alfonso Navarro Garro (TEC ISLHA), Eng. Ricardo Pastenes Marchant (AAPIA Team – Chile), Eng. Marco Espinoza Medina (AAPIA Team- Mexico), Eng. Geannina Ortíz (TEC), Eng. Oscar Chaverri Quirós (TEC Materials Eng.), Eng. Oscar Arce (AAPIA Team), Eng. Steve Lowe (WA R.Team), Eng. Javier Chacón (AAPIA Team)
Universidad Internacional de las Americas – UIA, Industrial Engineering program – November 2019: From left to right: : Eng. Pedro Durán (observer ICACIT Peru), Eng. Celina Siles(AAPIA), Dr. Ramazan Yildirim (WA R.Team), Eng. Steve Lowe (WA R.Team), Eng. Luis Chaves (AAPIA Team), Eng. Ileana Aguilar (AAPIA Team), Eng. Francisco Palma ( AAPIA Team- Peru).
For more information:
CFIA – becoming a Washington Accord signatory
Washington Accord webpage
Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y de Arquitectos de Costa Rica (CFIA) website
International Engineering Alliance (IEA) website