Being a professional in your field is a very necessary factor for you to reach a peak in your career. If you are in a career that has a professional body and you are not yet registered as a professional with them, you will not be recognised as one in the field.
But when you are a certified professional, registered and duly recognized by your the appropriate regulatory bodies, you are then considered a professional in your field.
Nowadays in the world of careers and business, people only associate with professionals and individuals who are recognised in their fields of operation. It is therefore important for you to be a professional in your field.
For this purpose, we will be looking at the engineering professional bodies in Nigeria.
Engineering is a respected profession in Nigeria and it gives esteem to those who are in the field and those who wish to go into the field. For everything that needs construction, fabrication and invention you need an engineer to make it possible.
When it comes to construction of roads, buildings, making of machines and its operations, installations and various other needs of technology; an engineer is needed to be involved to make it possible.
What is Engineering?
Engineering is the discipline and profession that applies scientific theories, mathematical methods and empirical evidence to design and create technological solutions, safety and human factors that make the environment conducive for existence. Engineering is split into different branches such as Chemical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. There are various other sub-branches of engineering but specifically, these are the main recognizable branches of engineering around the world and in Nigeria.
All professional bodies in Nigeria are duly registered, recognized and approved by the Nigerian law and constitution, therefore all bodies that are not recognized by the Nigerian constitution will not be seen as a professional body.
Let us look at the various professional bodies
List of Engineering Professional Bodies in Nigeria
1. Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN):
COREN is the apex body in charge of engineering in Nigeria established by the Federal Government if the Country by decree 55 of 1970 and amended by Decree 27 of 1992 which is now the Engineers (Registration) Act. The act, therefore, established COREN as the only body to regulate the practice of engineering in all aspects and areas of expertise in the country.
The body is also in charge of the training of engineers to be better experts and professionals in their field. They also make it mandatory for every engineer, technologist, Engineering crafts personnel and all Engineering technicians to be duly registered under the body.
Its President is Engr. Kashim Abdul. In order to be registered under this body, you can check on their website or reach out to their office at Wuse zone 4 in Abuja to get details on how to become a registered member of the body.
2. Nigerian Society of Engineers(NSE):
The Nigerian Society of Engineers is a voluntary organisation established by the engineers who decided to come together to form their own body.
Though most times people do register with the NSE and COREN, Yet they are not the same, but it is necessary to be registered as we stated earlier due to the undeniable benefits attached to being a professional member.
Such benefits include training and experience, international recognition, keeping the individual abreast of any developments in the profession etc.
When you register with the NSE, it also qualifies you to apply for corporate membership any other Engineering division without you having to seat for any examination.
After registering and spending some time in the organisation, you grow by levels. Growth in your career and profession makes you better at your profession and more recognized.
3. Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG):
This body is in charge of the regulation and practice of mining engineers in the country. As mining is a very lucrative profession in the country as it possesses many mineral resources.
Their initial proposed name was Legislation on Council for Registration and Practice of the Earth sciences.
COMEG is charged with the responsibility of prescribing and enforcing standards of experience and practice for professionals in the extraction industry.
They also have the right to register, regulate and control the practices of engineers in the extractive Industry and all Geosciences related.
4. Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE):
Formed and made for all chemical engineers, NSChE is the professional umbrella body for all chemical and biochemical engineers in Nigeria.
They are expected to register all engineers in the field so they can be recognized under a particular professional body.
As every professional body should, they are dedicated to advancing the science and practice of the profession in Nigeria and also to uphold the ethics of the profession within across members of the body.
5. Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN):
The APWEN is a division or sub-body under NSE, as it stands as a body to house the interests of women engineers in the country.
Women are seeking for more recognition in the society which is why it is not a bad idea to give the female engineers their own body to make them recognized and contribute more to the society and their profession.
The importance of associating oneself with the appropriate bodies in charge of your profession cannot be overemphasized, due to the fact that it brings some advantages to the individual so it would be off our own best interest to join the professional body in charge of your profession.
Engineering has two main professional bodies which are COREN and NSE which are recognized by the Federal Government and the law.
The others are yet to be recognized by the Federal Government. So no matter your field of engineering, you have to belong to any of the two bodies.
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