What is RPEng?
And why is it good for your career?

Without registration, there is no assurance that an engineer, is actually an engineer.

Professional engineers deserve to be recognised for their qualifications, hard work and commitment to ethical practice – for their importance to the community.

Registration separates the professional engineers from the technologists, associates, para-professionals, and the incompetent.

Why is this good for you? Simple. Accredited engineers earn more money – 24% more, actually.

The Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia (RPEng) title is a public demonstration that an engineer is qualified, competent and ethical – that you’re actually a professional engineer.

The Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia (RPEng) is only available to members of the Association of Professional Engineers Australia (APEA).

Eligibility summary – key elements.

For detailed information about each eligibility criterion, check out the complete eligibility section here.

To be registered, you need to have an acceptable four-year engineering qualification, have been working as an engineer for a minimum of 5 years and have three other suitable engineers vouch for your work experience, and have undertaken 150 hours of continuing professional development over the last three years.

To be considered eligible, your qualification must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Be four-year full-time Bachelor Degree from an Australian institution or a part time equivalent degree;
  2. Be a previously recognised historical equivalent qualification; or
  3. Be a qualification gained elsewhere that satisfies the requirements of “the Washington Accord” for recognition as a Professional Engineer

If your degree is less than four years in duration the Assessment Committee can consider a statement issued by an accredited university as to qualification suitability.

All qualifications must be submitted in English.

For more detailed information about the qualification requirements, click here. 

To be considered eligible, you must have completed at least five years of relevant work experience in the area relevant to the discipline in which you seek registration. This experience must have been gained within the last five to seven years. Examples of the expected work experience are provided in the discipline guidelines. More info here.

To demonstrate you have the work experience, you will need to prepare a detailed Curriculum Vitae which provides:

  • Names of you Employers/Organisation;
  • Summary of the services/products provided by each employer/organisation;
  • Job title;
  • Length of employment;
  • Brief description of your role;
  • And examples of your work activities at each employer/organisation.

Your work experience should outline your use of theories, concepts, and practices to solve real world problems related to your discipline.

To be eligible, you must provide contact details for three Professional Referees.

These may be either your supervisors or colleagues who are familiar your work experience activities highlighted in your CV and must have known you for a period of at least 12 months.

Click here for specific referee eligibility requirements.

We need to make sure that engineers that hold RPEng (or RPEQ) status are of the highest standard of contemporary practice. Relevant verified CPD is a vital pillar of our scheme.

The CPD requirements and categories of the Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia title (RPEng) were established to meet the expectations of Government, the profession, industry and the public.

To meet these requirements, applicants must provide a record of 150 hours of completed CPD over the last three years. 150 hours sounds like a lot, but CPD can be completed in a range of different ways.

The categories are:

  • Formal post graduate education
  • External or Employer provided education
  • Professional participation
  • Presentations
  • Workplace learning/on the job training
  • Published works
  • Private study

Importantly there are conditions attached to each category. You should read the complete explainer here.

Our code of ethics demonstrates your responsibility and commitment to society and professional engineering. The code of ethics 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.

Click here for the code of ethics.

Why registration is important