The Association of Professional Engineers Australia (APEA), through Engineering A Better Future, are campaigning to establish a registration scheme throughout Australia.
Registration is mandatory for practising doctors, lawyers, accountants and architects. Electricians, plumbers and other trades are registered, but not the engineers who often design and oversee the projects they work on!
Currently, Queensland, through the RPEQ system, are the only state in the nation that requires engineers to be registered to perform engineering services.
What is RPEQ?
Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) is the formal recognition of the qualification and competency of an engineer. It is a requirement of the Queensland Government, under the Professional Engineers (PE) Act that professional engineering services including building and design of buildings, plants, machinery and products are carried out or directly supervised by a RPEQ.
The PE Act applies to any professional engineering services carried out interstate or oversees that is destined for Queensland. This means you’re required to be a RPEQ if you will be carrying out a professional engineering service (i.e. planning, design or implementing) in Queensland whether you are an interstate or overseas engineer. As per the PE Act, if you do not hold RPEQ, you are required to be supervised by a RPEQ.
Taken from the BPEQ, the objectives of the PE Act (by extension RPEQ scheme) are to:
- protect the public by ensuring professional engineering services are provided by a registered professional engineer in a professional and competent way;
- maintain public confidence in the standard of services provided by registered professional engineers; and
- uphold the standards of practice of registered professional engineers.
Who administers RPEQ?
The Board of Professional Engineers Queensland (BPEQ) regulates engineering in Queensland by administering the PE Act and managing RPEQ. The Board is empowered to maintain the integrity of the PE Act by investigating and taking disciplinary action against engineers in breach of the Act or engineers who demonstrate unsatisfactory conduct or service.
Professionals Australia, parent body of APEA, have been approved to manage assessment schemes on behalf of BPEQ. The Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia (RPEng) was established to give degree-qualified engineers a more affordable, and more practical alternative to other accreditation programs out there.
“Organisations set their own criteria to determine an engineer’s suitability for registration and the costs of assessment and minimum periods of work experience will vary between the different organisations. Once an engineer completes the assessment process, they can apply to BPEQ for registration by submitting a registration application, a letter of assessment from the assessing organisation and completing a fitness to practice declaration. If BPEQ considers an engineer to be fit to practice, they will be registered as a RPEQ.”
Please note: Migration Skills Assessment does not meet the assessment criteria for RPEQ registration.