The Ministry of Aliyah and Integration is offering a retroactive reimbursement of up to 4,000 NIS to Olim who were required to translate and/or notarize documents in order to transfer their professional license in Israel.  The Oleh must submit the original receipts (or verified copies).

  • The reimbursement only covers translations and notarizations for professional needs
  • You can be reimbursed retroactively back to receipts that were issued from January 15, 2015
  • Age limit: Retirement age

Civil engineers in Israel are qualified to carry out design work and supervision work in the construction and maintenance of bridges, roads, and buildings.  Civil engineering takes place on all levels: in the public sector from municipal to military levels and in the private sector from residential to commercial and industrial.

The Ministry of Economy, Occupations Registration and Licensing Division has released a comprehensive English handbook containing information about registration and licensing in Israel: Licensing Handbook for Practical Engineers, Architects and Electricians

In order to be recognized as an engineer or architect in Israel, you must apply to the Director of Licensing and Registration of Engineers and Architects. Once your academic qualifications are approved, you can be registered according to the specialties recognized in Israel. In order to register, you are required to hold an engineering or architectural degree granted by an institution of higher education recognized as such by the official body for recognizing institutions of higher education in engineering and architecture in your own country. Recognition applies both to the type of degree held and the standing of the institution from which it was obtained. When applying, you must have a notarized copy of your diploma, a completed questionnaire obtained from the office of the Director of Licensing and Registration of Engineers and Architects in Israel, registration fee, Teudat Oleh or Teudat Zehut. It is advised to bring a complete transcript of courses taken toward your degree, as the registrar may require additional information.

Additional evaluation procedures may be implemented if you have a diploma in a specialty not recognized in Israel. In this case, you can apply to the registrar from abroad in order to clarify your status. Remember to submit all the relevant information.  Some Olim get a full exemption, while others are required to take supplementary coursework and exams. Once you have ascertained your status, you may then apply for registration from overseas. All documents must be notarized. The application can be done at the Israeli consulate in your area.

In addition to registration, civil engineers are required to obtain a license from the Unit for Licensing and Registration of Engineers and Architects. To qualify for a license, you must have worked in your field for at least three consecutive years after completing your studies and can provide proof of such employment. If you worked in your field abroad for a period of less than three years, you must complete the remainder in Israel. Your experience outside of Israel will be counted, provided you submit an application within one year of your Aliyah.

It is necessary to have one years’ work experience in Israel before being granted a license. Having a license entitles you to sign plans independently. In order to obtain a license one must submit an application form, and a notarized, translated (Hebrew or English) copy of all relevant diplomas.

For more information on the registration and licensing process, click here.

Shapir, constructs bridges and intersections, paves roads, sea works, public housing and industrial construction. They are in charge of a large amount of the Israel’s infrastructure developments, such as: roads, tunnels, bridges and the like. Some of their past projects has been Natbag 2000, Route #3 (concrete road), Rothenberg power station in Ashkelon, Northern Ashdod port, Gilo bridge (the only fragment bridge in Israel), a Bait intersection in Jerusalem, Kfar-Shmaryahu intersection, housing projects in Herzeliyah,  Shapirim tunnel, and Krayot intersection: shapir.co.il/en/content/civil-engineering

Shikun and Binui, specializes in complex projects that involve major construction work, particularly the construction of water filtration and wastewater treatment facilities, water supply and energy facilities, airports and all types of bridges including railway bridges. They also constructs various public buildings such as hospitals, hotels, transportation, commercial and office facilities as well as residential buildings: en.shikunbinui.co.il/category/solel_boneh_construction

DEL Engineering, is engaged in the design of civil engineering and infrastructure projects such as roads, railways, airports and earthworks at a wide range of scales, specializing in the design of multidisciplinary projects: www.del.co.il/english/template/default.asp?catId=1

Linom Ltd., has constructed several bridges, roads and infrastructures, the marine project, tunnels, including the Trans-Israel Highway and high-speed Jerusalem railway tunnels. They service government ministries and municipal agencies: www.linom.co.il/en/about

The official website of the Lishkat Hamehandesim and the Histadrut Hamehandesim: www.engineers.org.il

listing of companies that need civil engineers: www.science.co.il

A listing of available positions for Civil and Building Engineers: www.jobs-israel.com/searchindex.aspx

LinkedIn groups:

Israel Engineer Network: www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=3819521

Israel Civil and Environmental Engineering: www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=4307986

Civil Engineer Network – Israel: www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=3819619&sort=POPULAR

CIVIL/STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING NETWORK: www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=117554

Association of Engineers, Architects & Graduates of the Technological Sciences in Israel (AEAI)

The Association of Engineers, Architects and Graduates of the Technological Sciences in Israel (Lishkat HaMehandesim, Adrichalim VeAcadamaim Ba Miktso’ot HaTechnologi’im Be Yisrael) deals with the technical and technological aspects of policy issues and problems of a professional and industrial nature.

Other activities of the Association include formulating codes of practice and fee scales and keeping members up-to-date through various publications, symposiums, courses and specialty training programs. Overseas membership is available; benefits include receipt of publications on technical progress in Israel, professional magazines with synopses in English and information about the field in Israel, and contact with colleagues, employers and professional institutions.

To contact AEAI, email eng-1@aeai.org.il or call +972-3-524-0274 or visit their website at http://www.engineers.org.il/Index.asp?CategoryID=1977&ArticleID=5225

Israel Engineers Association for Construction and Infrastructure

The Israel Engineers Association for Construction and Infrastructure is an independent society in the Federation of Engineers and Architects in Israel. They seek to promote the civil engineering professions and civil engineers’ status in Israel by way of professional amelioration and involvement in legislation and political echelon decisions regarding planning and construction matters.

The engineers’ professional enhancement activities include courses, seminar days and professional tours aimed at ameliorating civil engineers’ qualifications and circulating current professional knowledge concerning topics of the trade. The engineers association publishes a quarterly magazine dubbed Building and Infrastructure Engineering, which is distributed to all members and to builders.

The engineers association cooperates with Israel’s leading construction and planning organizations, such as the Technion, The Standards Institute of Israel, The Association of Contractors and Builders in Israel, Israel Building Center, and more.

To contact Israel Engineers Association for Construction and Infrastructure, email anat@alphamarketing.co.il or call +972-54-682-356 or visit their website at http://www.engineering.org.il/Text/TextPage.aspx?PageName=Tiker

Israel Organization of Consulting Engineers & Architects

The Israel Organization of Consulting Engineers & Architects has over 900 firms, employing 15,000 engineers, architects and other professionals. Member firms range from sole practitioners through partnerships to limited companies. All firms must have a minimum number of registered engineers and architects who possess the highest qualifications and experience of professional responsibility. Member firms offer great know-how and professional experience in design, planning and management of major construction projects in Israel and abroad.

To contact Israel Organization of Consulting Engineers & Architects, email irgun@iocea.org.il or call 03-523-6289 or visit their website at http://www.iocea.org.il/