To be a professional engineer, you need to be qualified

Recognition as a Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia (RPEng) requires evidence of professional competency and a commitment to the profession of engineering.

A significant element of professional competency, and the first hurdle to achieve the title of RPEng, 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. The Guidelines for the disciplines of engineering registration offered through APEA are published in the By-Laws and are available here.

When assessing the suitability of an applicant’s qualification, assessors are required to ensure it meets the requirements listed in the By-Laws.

The By-Laws state that your qualification must meet one of the following requirements:

» be a 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,

» or a part time equivalent degree,

» or a previously recognised historical equivalent qualification,

» or a qualification gained elsewhere that satisfies the requirements of “the Washington Accord” for recognition as a Professional Engineer.”

You can check for your qualification via the Washington Accord website here.

All qualifications must be uploaded in English and must be certified by an Authorised Witness. You can view the list of acceptable Authorised witnesses here. 

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