Saudi Council of Engineers has reportedly hired a dedicated firm to identify fake engineering qualifications in the kingdom as it cracks down on unqualified applicants.
Another 185 people had submitted degrees issued by unaccredited universities.
The kingdom is undergoing a massive construction phase, with multiple new hospitals, stadiums, airports, hotels, residences and public transport facilities being built, requiring thousands of foreign engineers and labourers.
A member of the council’s board of directors, Professor Ibrahim Al Hammad, said Saudi nationals were among those producing fake documents.
“We have plans to refer these forged cases to the Ministry of Interior for necessary action according to local laws,” Al Hammad was quoted as saying by Arab News.
The council also is pushing for more of the 35,000 Saudi engineers to register, with only 7,610 so far.
“This situation will soon come to an end with the adoption of a new practice of profession code and, upon approval, no Saudi or non-Saudi engineer will be allowed to practice the profession unless he or she gets an SCE card,” SCE secretary Ghazi Al Abbasi was quoted as saying.