The point of registration is to make sure qualified engineers are doing the engineering work. If you aren’t registered, you will be unable to work unsupervised. Registration will soon be compulsory for Victorian engineers. But does this affect you?
Here’s our quick guide to who needs to be registered.
Who needs to get registered?
The Bill covers five disciplines of engineering:
- fire safety
If you do any design, building, operation or production work, you’re covered by the new laws, and you’ll need to be registered.
But what if your discipline isn’t listed? The areas listed are just a start, and more are likely to come over time.
Do I need experience?
If you’ve worked in the discipline for at least five years, you’ll need to be register under the scheme.
Don’t worry if you haven’t got five years’ experience, or if you’re just starting out. Registration ensures you have registered engineers to work with, to build the experience needed to be registered yourself.
But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to start preparing.
The best place to start is with professional development. Start keeping track of what you’re doing, and make sure that when you hit five years that you have 150 hours of experience in the three years prior.
So I need to get registered, what now?
The best thing you can do is get started. And that begins with choosing an assessment entity to conduct your assessment.
Our scheme tries to keep things simple, providing cost effective assessment to make sure that engineers are qualified and skilled in their discipline.
Ultimately the choice is up to you, as long as the group you chose is accredited to manage assessments under the legislation.
Begin the process
The application process that we follow is straightforward.
It’s about providing the basics to demonstrate that you are a skilled, professional engineers.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A four-year engineering qualification
- 150 hours of professional development in the three years prior to registration
- 5 years’ work experience
- Three professional referees
Obviously, there are a few specifics and details around each of these requirements, but that’s about it.
Most working professional engineers will find that they can gather up the information they need pretty quickly.
Once you have everything you need, just submit an application – this can unusually be done online through most providers. Here’s a link to our application form.
That’s all there is to it.
Once you’ve registered, we will provide our recommendation for you to pass on to the board in your state, and you will be added to their roll of registered engineers.
When registration passes, there will be a rush, so don’t wait until the last minute.