Engineer registration is real! It’s coming, and it will soon be compulsory for Victorian engineers.
The point of registration is to make sure qualified engineers are doing the engineering work.
But how do you prove you’re qualified? What qualifications will you need to get registered? Is your degree ok?
Here’s everything you need to know.
What sort of degree do you need?
In basic terms, you need an engineering degree.
More specifically, you need a four-year full-time Bachelor’s Degree or Master of Engineering that is under the Washington Accord. A part-time equivalent is also fine.
Most engineers can stop here and will probably have satisfied the requirements. But if not, all is not lost.
Degrees from outside Australia may also be ok, there are just a few things you’ll need to check.
Qualifications from overseas are handled a little bit differently.
In essence, it’s about making sure your degree meets similar requirements to those of Australian degrees.
This is where the Washington Accord comes in. The Washington Accord, which you have probably never heard of, is an agreement between “bodies responsible for accreditation or recognition of tertiary-level engineering qualifications”.
So basically, a bunch of organisations across many countries signed an agreement to make sure their engineering degrees meet certain standards.
As a result, if your degree is specifically covered under the Washington Accord, then that’s great!
What if your degree is not on the Washington Accord?
This is where things can get a little more complex.
The Washington Accord tells us that your degree meets certain standards.
But if your degree doesn’t fall under the Accord, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t meet the standards. It just means we don’t know yet.
So from here, to get registered you will need to have your qualifications assessed prior to applying for registration. This will need to be assessed by Australia’s Washington Accord representative. This process is called a Stage 1 Competency Assessment and needs to be under the professional engineer category.
There really isn’t any way around it. And it can be a little expensive, so make sure you check if you’re covered by the Washington Accord first. We can always check that for you. [link to self assessment]
What about historical qualifications
Some engineers looking at registration will have received their qualifications many years ago.
Processes may have changed, and degrees may not have been for four-years. In this case, we can consider previously recognised historical equivalent qualifications.
Most engineering qualifications from Australia before 1980 are covered, but it’s always best to check.
The key is to speak with an assessment provider. They will need to look at the specifics of your degree and make sure you’re getting the right advice.