The Registration and Assessment Process
To be eligible for registration, engineers are required to hold a relevant engineering degree (or equivalent) from a recognised tertiary institute and have worked professionally for between 3-5 year to demonstrate their practical competency and experience in their chosen area of engineering. After becoming eligible for registration engineers can apply to have their qualification, practical competency and experience assessed through one of BPEQ's approved assessment entities.
The following entities act as assessment entities on behalf of BPEQ:
The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) offer assessment in the areas of Mining, Environment, Geotechnical (mining) and Metallurgical engineering.
Engineers Australia offer assessment in the areas of Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Information, Telecommunications and Electronics, Mechanical and Structural engineering, as well as specific areas of engineering including Aerospace, Building Services, Fire Safety, Oil and Gas Pipeline, Heritage and Conservation, In-service Inspection of Amusement Rides and Devices, Leadership and Management, Naval Architecture, Petroleum, Pressure Equipment Design Verification and Subdivisional Geotechnics engineering.
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) offer assessment in the area of Chemical engineering.
The Institution of Fire Engineers Australia (IFE) offer assessment in the area of Fire engineering.
The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) offer assessment in the area of Structural engineering.
The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia - Queensland Division (IPWEAQ) offer assessment in the area of Civil Engineering (Public Works).
Professionals Australia offer assessment in the areas of Civil, Electrical, Information, Technology and Telecommunications, Management, Mechanical and Structural Engineering.
The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) offer assessment in the area of Naval Architecture.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority's (CASA) Instrument of Authority can also be used as proof of qualification, practical competency and experience to earn registration in the area of Aeronautical engineering.
Assessment entities 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 entities. Once an engineer has satisfied the assessment process they can apply to BPEQ to be registered by submitting a registration application, a letter of recommendation from their assessment entity and disclosing any fitness to practise concerns. If BPEQ considers an engineer to be fit for practise, they will be registered as a RPEQ.