Explanatory Notes Explanatory Notes


It is mandatory for applicants with diploma in engineering to register as Inspector of Works if he/she wants to take up employment as an Inspector of Works. This is in accordance with Section 7(2)(ab) which specified that “an Inspector of Works who is registered with the Board may, subject to section 8, take up employment which requires him to assist the Professional Engineer in the supervision of engineering works”

An Inspector of Works (IOW) is a person registered under subsection 10(E) of the Registration of Engineers Act 1967 (Revised 2015).

A registered IOW shall conduct himself / herself honourably, responsibly, ethically and lawfully by following the Code of Conduct as determined by the Board.

The registration of IOW would be under the three (3) main engineering disciplines i.e. Civil, Electrical and Mechanical or any other disciplines deemed appropriate.


All existing IOW who are currently under employment of an Engineering Consultancy Practice (ECP) have the right to be registered with the Board during the transition period by completing a BEM Declaration Form detailing their supervision experience and responsibilities duly endorsed by a Professional Engineer with Practising Certificate from the ECP they are working for.

The transition period for registration of existing IOW has been extended to 31st August 2018. Those exceeding the deadline have to submit an appeal to BEM before their registration can be considered. However, existing IOW with qualification other than those stipulated for new IOW registration who failed to register by the above deadline will no longer be able to register as IOW.  After the deadline, the one with the stipulated IOW qualification will be considered as a new applicant and will be registered as intern IOW. He is then required to work under a registered IOW or Engineer on site. During his tenure as intern IOW he cannot certify completion of any works supervised by him which will have to be certified by his immediate superior. 

Special Application Form for Existing Inspector of Works:

Click to download Form A3-2 Special Application Form for Existing Inspector of Works.


Qualification of IOW to be eventually minimum at Diploma level but in the interim period. Certificate issued for courses with minimum 1.5 years study duration shall be accepted up to end 2018. After that only Diploma level qualifications will be considered as stated in the Requirements section.

New IOW applicants with no supervision experience shall be registered as Intern IOW and must work under the supervision of a registered IOW or Engineer on site.

He/she can apply to be a registered IOW subject to the following conditions:

  • Certificate holders - minimum 3 years experience,
  • Diploma holders - minimum 2 years experience, and
  • Degree holders - minimum 1 years experience,

plus having attended BEM’s approved IOW courses. The IOW experience must be verified by the PE of the same firm(s) for submission together with the registration application.

Click to download Form A3-1 Application Form for Inspector of Works.



Subsection 10(E) explains the qualification for registration as an Inspector of Works with BEM. A person who holds any qualification which is recognised by the Board shall be entitled on application to be registered as Inspector of Works.

The recognised academic qualification for registration as an Inspector of Works with BEM after the transition period includes the following:

  1. Engineering Diploma awarded by Malaysia:
    • Minimum Diploma in Engineering accredited by the Board’s Engineering Technology Accreditation Council (ETAC).
    • Minimum Diploma in Engineering accredited by Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) or equivalent recognised by BEM
  1. Engineering Diploma awarded by Other Country:
    • Diploma in Engineering accredited by professional body who is a signatory of Dublin Accord (DA).


  • Flowing from the Washington Accord, a similar Agreement was developed for Engineering Technician called the Dublin Accord (DA).
  • In Dublin Accord, qualifications accredited or recognised by other signatories are recognised by each signatory as being substantially equivalent to accredited or recognised qualifications for practice as an engineering technician within the engineering team.
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