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Government needs to promote ASEAN certification: Observers

The government needs to attract more professionals to obtain ASEAN-level certification ahead of regional market integration next year, as the number of certified professionals in the country remains low, say observers.

Indonesian Architect Association (IAI) chairman Bambang Barata said that although the government had introduced the certification two years ago, no more than 60 Indonesian architects had received ASEAN Architect (AA) certification.

“The desire to apply for AA certificates remains low. In fact, only those with AA certificates can compete with fellow architects from other ASEAN countries once the ASEAN Economic Community [AEC] is launched,” he told The Jakarta Post.

As part of preparations for the AEC, ASEAN member states have signed a mutual recognition arrangement, which includes the ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer (ACPE) certificate and AA certificate, among others.

Under the arrangement, ASEAN professionals with ASEAN certificates will be recognized as having the same level of competency when they seek jobs within ASEAN.

In applying for AA certificates, Indonesian architects had to first obtain local-level Competency Certificates (SKAs) from the National Construction Development Agency (LPJK), Bambang said.

To attract more architects to apply for AA certificates, he said, the government needed to issue a regulation obliging all construction projects to involve local architects with SKA — a move that was expected in the long run to urge more architects to apply for SKAs as well as AA certification.

The country has approximately 480,000 uncertified engineers, architects, contractors and consultants, according to data from the Public Works Ministry.

    Number of professionals in RI remains low
    Only 176 engineers, architects certified vs 120,000 construction professionals
    Hotel & restaurant association expects to certify half of its 200,000 members by year-end

The number of architects with SKAs in the country slowly increased from 3,103 people in 2011 to 3,446 people last year, IAI data shows.

In total, the country has only 176 ACPE and AA-certified engineers and architects out of 120,000 construction professionals with SKA and Work Skill Certificates (SKT), according to data from the Public Works Ministry.

The ministry’s head of construction, Hediyanto, said his ministry had prepared a plan to produce an automatic registration system for ACPE certifications, SKT and SKA, to boost the number of certified professionals.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) chairwoman Wuryanti Sukamdani said Indonesian professionals in the hospitality sector were among the most ready to face the AEC.

“However, one problem is that not many workers in hotels, restaurants and travel agencies are willing to apply for ASEAN-level certification because they need to spend between Rp 250,000 [US$20.5] and
Rp 500,000 for a certificate,” she said.

The government needed to help those workers obtain certificates, by for example, requiring their employers to provide financial assistance to get the certificates, Wuryanti said.

PHRI aimed to increase the number of its ASEAN-level certified members to 100,000 people by year end from a total of 200,000 people.

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