Ethiopian Construction Project Management Institute

የኢትዮጵያ ኮንስትራክሽን ፕሮጀክት ማኔጅመንት ኢንስቲትዩት

Cultivating effective Construction Management Cultures
ውጤታማ የኮንስትራክሽን ማኔጅመንት ባህል ለማስፈን እንተጋለን!

Competence Assessment & Certification System

Project background

The development of human resources is crucial as human capabilities can make the difference in the performance of the construction industry of any country. In line with the key construction industry constraints that were identified by the Construction Industry Development Policy, GTP II of FDRE has set out as a strategic direction, among others, to supply professionals needed by the industry. It was also planned to approve and certify the competence of human resources that are involved in the construction industry.

Unlike the global best practices, however, the existing system of registering and certifying professionals in the field of Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management, and related disciplines is characterized by the following defining features:

  • Generally, there has been solely documentary-evidences base registration of professionals without any testing, monitoring and enforcing processes in the real senses, and
  • Currently, civil engineering and other engineering professional registrations are carried out by the government bodies in a fragmented manner.

Registration has many benefits for employers and individuals and for the national economy and society. The issue of competence assessment and certification is not simply a question of business or way of creating opportunities for individual professionals. It is rather a question of providing reliable and safe services and products to society while complying with the principles of sustainable development. Beyond fulfilling the desire to practice in the industry, it is a means to ensure professionals demonstrate competence to perform professional work to the necessary standards, and commitment to maintain their competence, work within professional codes and participate actively within the profession.

Heeding its potential benefits and in accordance to the mandate bestowed upon the MoUDC delegation, ECPMI has launched this project, planned to be completed by December 2020 that aims to ensure the competency of professionals through well-defined capacity building, assessment and certification schemes. It is expected that the completion of its two major components stated below and the implementation henceforth will be instrumental to develop qualified professionals for the local and global market as well as to contribute significantly to the ongoing efforts of establishing a knowledge-led construction industry.

  1. Develop Body of Knowledge, Practices, and Occupational Standards (OS) for Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, and related disciplines.
  2. Establish a system for the Competence Assessment and Certification of professionals engaged in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, and related disciplines.

Participation Mechanisms


In 2017, ECPMI prepared a concept note to serve as an inception document for the project work in collaboration with relevant stakeholders. With this spirit of integrated effort, the document was distributed among the industry's stakeholders so as to ensure their early engagement for establishing the assessment and certification system.

In August 2017, the Institute organized a stakeholders' workshop whereby it was possible to jointly appraise the project intent and establish consensus on technical, organizational, and institutional aspects of the assignment.


Having incorporated the valuable comments and suggestions obtained from the stakeholders' workshop, ECPMI had revised the schedule of requirements upon which it procured consultancy service in line with the direction set out by the institute's Advisory Council. It was decided to undertake the assignment on project basis through procuring the service of a competent consultant and monitoring the work of the consultant by a technical team (TT) and leading the project through the national steering committee (NSC).

With the membership composition shown below, the NSC and technical team each with 15 members were established after a thorough stakeholder analysis on their roles and influence levels.

No.Organization/AssociationMembership in
1 Ministry of Urban Development and Construction NSC
2 Ethiopian Construction Project Management Institute NSC & TT
3 Federal TVET Agency NSC & TT
4 National Accreditation Office NSC
5 Education Strategic Center NSC
6 Ethiopian Construction Technology and Management Professionals Association NSC & TT
7 Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineers NSC & TT
8 Association of Ethiopian Architects NSC & TT
9 Ethiopian Society of Mechanical Engineers NSC & TT
10 Ethiopian Society of Electrical Engineers NSC & TT
11 Construction Contractors Association of Ethiopia NSC & TT
12 Ethiopian Consulting Engineers and Architects Association NSC & TT
13 Addis Ababa Institute of Technology NSC & TT
14 Ethiopian Institute of Architecture and Building Construction and City Development NSC & TT
15 Ethiopian Private Higher Education& Technical and Vocational Education Training Institutions Association NSC
16 Construction Works Regulatory Authority TT
17 Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency TT
18 Ethiopian Surveying Professionals Association TT

The NSC Members are those who assume the higher leadership levels of the respective organizations/associations while the technical team comprises professionals assigned by their parent organizations.

The national steering committee is responsible for setting and monitoring the project direction and applicability of the project in the construction industry. The technical team, on the other hand, monitors the activities of the consultant and ensure the scope and time parameters are met. Moreover, it approves the deliverables of the consultant to be reviewed by the national steering committee.

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