PEng – Professional Engineer 

by The Association of Professional Engineers Australia (APEA)

The Professional Engineer (PEng) post-nominal represents your commitment to professionalism and is a public demonstration that you stand-apart from other, unqualified engineers.

PEng is a recognition of your qualification, your commitment to a Code-of-Ethics and continued professional development as a Professional Engineer.

If you’re a young engineer, PEng is the start of your pathway to accreditation as a Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia (RPEng).

The post-nominal PEng was originally introduced by APESMA [now Professionals Australia] in the mid 1980s for recognition of all professional engineers in Australia with an approved Bachelor of Engineering Degree (BEng) from an Australian University, or a university listed on the Washington Accord.

The initiative has been restored to provide the option of a bridging post-nominal between graduation and your qualification as a Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia (RPEng). It is available for all members of Professionals Australia who meet the eligibility requirements.

By becoming a PEng, we’ll issue you with a digital badge unique to you, so can you publicly show employers, clients and the community that you’re on your path to becoming a world-class professional engineer.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Professional Engineer (PEng) title and permitted to use the post-nominal, you must:

  1. Be a financial member of Professionals Australia;
  2. Have completed a four-year Bachelor Degree in Engineering;
  3. Agree to abide by the Professionals Australia, Professional Engineer Code of Ethics.

Importantly, PEng is 100% free. 

How to apply

To apply for PEng, you will be required to enter your Professionals Australia log in details. Once these have been successful entered, the application form will appear.

You will be prompted to:

  1. Enter personal details;
  2. Upload a certified copy of your qualification (s);
  3. Read and agree to the Code of Ethics
  4. SUBMIT

If you meet the eligibility requirements, a unique digital badge representing your achievement will be issued, confirming your attainment of the Professional Engineer title. To view the Code-of-Ethics prior to commencing your application, or to learn more about accepted qualifications, click the relevant option below.

The second requirement to be considered a Professional Engineer is to agree to practice as a professional engineer in accordance with Professionals Australia’s Code-of-ethics, demonstrating your responsibility and ongoing commitment to society and professional engineering.

The code of ethics listed below is not a behavioural guide or rulebook: it provides the foundations of an ethical culture, sets ethical benchmarks and inspires society’s confidence in Professionals Australia members.

Recognised Professional Engineers (PEng) of Professionals Australia shall:

  • At all times further the standing of the engineering profession through conducting themselves with professionalism and by displaying integrity, diligence and decency.
  • Uphold the safety, health and wellbeing of the community.
  • Practice solely in their areas of competence and communicate to relevant stakeholders when the scope of work falls outside their area of competence.
  • Understand the environmental impact of their engineering services and adhere to environmentally sustainable practices.
  • Provide engineering services beneficial to the economy.
  • Communicate honestly and clearly to their employers and clients in relation to safety, risk, cost, time, fitness for purpose, quality, reliability, environmental impact and economic benefit.
  • Put foremost the interests of public safety when there is a conflict of interest between the interests of the public and the instructions of your employer.
  • Bring evidence of poor public and private decision-making to light to authorities or the public more generally when compelled by poor practice, instruction or negligence.
  • Continue professional development in their chosen areas of competence and remain informed of major changes within their industry.
  • Provide mentoring and training to ensure knowledge and skills are transferred to others.
  • Not behave in a manner that would damage the reputation of themselves and others.
  • Report unlawful/unethical behaviour and conflicts of interest.
  • Promote ethical behaviour.
  • Comply with relevant Government legislation and regulations.
  • Abide by the rules of disclosure and use of classified information.
  • Not misuse company, public and private property.

Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia (RPEng) requires evidence of professional competency – the achievement of an accredited qualification.

A significant element of professional competency, and the first hurdle to achieve the title of PEng, is to meet a standard level of educational attainment.

In Australia, the accepted qualification to be considered as a professional engineer is an accredited four-year Bachelor degree in one of the disciplines of engineering.

For your qualification to be accepted, it must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. four-year full-time Bachelor Degree from an Australian institution. Where a degree is less than four years in duration, the Assessment Committee may consider additional education and training as equivalent to a four year degree,
  2. or a part time equivalent degree,
  3. or a qualification gained elsewhere that satisfies the requirements of “the Washington Accord” for recognition as a Professional Engineer.”

What if your degree is less than four years? 

When a degree is less than four years and additional education is required, you are expected to have completed a 2-year Master’s degree in an engineering discipline from a recognised tertiary institution or undertaken an assessment by the university of the qualifications held plus undertaken all additional coursework prescribed by the university.

What if your degree was completed overseas? 

Australia is a signatory to the Washington Accord – the Washington Accord is an international agreement recognising equivalency of academic standards in engineering.

When a degree was completed in a country which is a signatory to the Washington Accord, and has been accredited by the appointed assessment entity as meeting the requirements for recognition as a professional engineer, this is enough evidence to satisfy the educational hurdle for PEng.

If a qualification was completed in a country which is not a signatory to the Washington Accord, the applicant can have the degree assessed by Engineers Australia as meeting the equivalency to a four-year Australian Bachelor of engineering. Evidence of this assessment must be provided.

Need further clarification? 

Email the team at PEng@professionalsaustralia.org.au.

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