Registration, Renewal and Restoration
Registration is compulsory for any engineer
carrying out a professional engineering service in Queensland or for
Queensland. Registration is active for 12 months from 1 July to 30 June. Registration fees are based on CPI and are subject to change. The 2017/18 registration fee is $219.95, first time registrants will also incur a $59.55 application fee (total $279.50). Additionally, the assessment entities charge a one-off assessment fee when an engineer is first assessed for registration. After completing assessment through an approved assessment entity, applicants should complete and provide their application for registration to BPEQ, along with a letter of assessment from their assessment entity.
Alternatively, an engineer can apply for registration through mutual recognition. Engineers who are registered in other jurisdictions may apply for RPEQ status in an equivalent area of engineering under the Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 1992. Queensland also has mutual
recognition arrangements with New Zealand under the Trans-Tasman Mutual
Recognition (Queensland) Act 2003.
Once an engineer is registered, they will be issued an Annual
Practising Card and a Certificate of Registration. To confirm the
currency of registration please use the search register. RPEQs are required to renew their registration annually within the renewal period, 1 April to 31 May. More information on registration renewals (including legal definitions) can be found in the Registration Renewal Guidelines.
If an engineer is not practising (e.g. on maternity leave, career break or retired) they may choose to register as a RPEQ non-practising at a cost of $109.95. Engineers interested in obtaining RPEQ non-practising status should contact BPEQ.
Engineers whose registration has lapsed following the annual renewal period will be required to apply to have their
registration restored. The restoration fee is $59.55, plus the annual registration fee of $219.95 (total $279.50).