Originally formed in 1985, ACET became a full member of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) in 1986, and as the name suggests, ACET promotes the interests of consulting engineers operating in Tanzania.
The separate profession of engineering consultancy grew up in the early part of the 20th century to distinguish professional engineers - who provide unbiased advice to clients - from contractors who had a vested interest in a chosen solution.All our members are consulting engineers. That means that we are an association of skilled professionals who advise clients and manage projects, we are not contractors, but work with them.
The profession has developed over the last 100 years, but retains the main distinctive features:
- A consulting engineer is independent of any contracting firm (or must declare his interest before acting for the client).
- A consulting engineer acts in the best interests of the client, unless acting as engineer under one a specific contract, when he acts impartially between the contracting parties.
- A consulting engineer is either professionally qualified, or being a company, employs professionally qualified staff.
- A consultant will normally carry Professional Indemnity Insurance.