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:

a) four-year full-time Bachelor Degree or a Master of Engineering from an accredited Australian institution. The Assessment Committee can consider a statement issued by an accredited university as to qualification suitability,

b) or a part time equivalent degree,

c) or a previously recognised historical equivalent qualification,
I. For applicants seeking registration in IT&T engineering where there were no formal qualifications until the 1990’s, consideration will be given to practitioners who hold a three-year degree or diploma in computing and can demonstrate additional training, development and experience in software or hardware computer engineering,
II. a statement from Engineers Australia that the applicant has met the current academic and
competency requirements for standing as a professional Engineer will also be accepted,
III. The degree must meet the requirements for practice as a professional engineer at the time the degree was completed,

d) 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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