A recent news report has stated that all expat engineers will have to pass a Saudi Professional Verification Program test to get an Iqama as well as an Iqama renewal.
In addition to this, Saudi Arabia has decided to hold a professional test for non-Saudi engineers before entering Saudi Arabia on a new visa through Pearson VUE. – Saudi Gazette
The Minister of Municipal Affairs directed the Saudi Council of Engineers to prepare professional examinations for foreigners.
وزير الشؤون البلدية يوجه الهيئة السعودية للمهندسين بإعداد اختبارات مهنية للأجانب.
— أخبار السعودية (@SaudiNews50) December 7, 2020
Engineers with Fake Degrees
In an earlier announcement, the SCE or the Saudi Council of Engineers had announced that they have discovered around 1200 fake or fraudulent engineers, who had even worked on various projects over the past few years in the Kingdom.
- The first one is based on the basics and principles of engineering for the recent fresh graduates.
- Whereas the second exam has been developed for those engineers who have completed at least 10 years of service for them to qualify for the post of the project director.
Frequency of the Test
He has stated that the fresh graduates will have to give an exam every year to ensure that their license to work remains and that their career also keeps moving.
Source: Arab News