Engineer registration is coming! It’s already here in Queensland, it’s mere weeks away in Victoria. And both sides of parliament in New South Wales are now calling for registration of some kind. Here’s everything you need to know to get started and get registered asap! With engineer registration on the way, you’re probably asking yourself “where do I start?” The process might seem daunting, and there’s a lot of different information out there.
But really, when you cut through all the noise, there are really only five things you’ll need to make sure your path to registration is a smooth one.
To be registered, you will need a four-year full-time bachelor’s degree or Master of Engineering from an accredited Australian institution.
If you don’t have this, all is not lost. If you have a part-time equivalent degree, or a previously recognised historical equivalent qualification then that should do the job.
Finally, if you received your qualifications abroad, then you just need to make sure they meet the requirements of the Washington Accord.
Continuing professional development
To get registered, you will need to keep your skills up to date.
Specifically, registration requires 150 hours of professional development in the three years prior to registration.
I know, that sounds like a lot.
But really, it’s much more manageable than it seems.
On-the-job learning can be counted, as can time spent studying. Reading new standards and studying up on new processes and technology are all valid. Seminars, webinars, online courses and events count too.
Most professional associations and employee groups like ourselves also provide professional development for members, which can be helpful in knocking out those last few hours.
The important thing is to be diligent. Document what you’re doing, and when the time comes, registration will be a breeze.
Work experience is a key requirement for registration. Applicants for registration will need five years’ experience in their field.
It’s that easy.
But what if you don’t have the experience yet?
The whole system exists to ensure you have senior, registered engineers to work with, to build the experience needed to be registered yourself.
And don’t stress, if you haven’t hit five years yet, you just have more time to build up your professional development hours!
This one’s also pretty basic.
All you need to do is provide three professional referees. The only catch is they need to have worked with you for at least 12 months and need to be registered themselves. Or at least eligible for registration.
The fifth and final requirement for registration is crucial to the profession.
You need to make a commitment to a Code of Ethics which talks about professional conduct, integrity, diligence and decency – all the things you would expect from a registered professional engineer.
Ultimately, when engineers act in the best interests of society, and when they uphold their code of ethics, the whole profession benefits!
So that’s it – the five steps to registration.