Frequently Asked Questions

What is the definition of a professional engineering service?

A professional engineering service is defined as a service that requires, or is based on, the application of engineering principles and data to a design, or to a construction, production, operation or maintenance activity, relating to engineering.

What can I do until I am able to be registered?

The PE Act states that a person can carry out professional engineering services in Queensland whilst unregistered if they are carrying out the services under the direct supervision of a RPEQ who is responsible for the services. So when you start working you can undertake professional engineering services, but you need to ask the question at your work: “Who is the RPEQ who will provide me with direct supervision until I am eligible to become a RPEQ?”

What are the costs and ongoing requirements of registration?

Assessment schemes charge a one off assessment fee and RPEQs are require to pay an annual registration fee to BPEQ. Fees are tax deductible and many employers will pay the assessment and registration fees on behalf of its RPEQs. RPEQs are required to complete 150 hours of CPD over three years to continue to be eligible for registration. 

Does the PE Act apply to me if I am based outside of Queensland?

Yes, if you are an engineer based in New South Wales, Western Australia or even the United Kingdom, carrying out a professional engineering service for Queensland, you are required to be registered, or be directly supervised by a RPEQ. Regardless of whether any of the work is physically undertaken in Queensland it will be bound by the PE Act as it applies on an extraterritorial basis.

Where do I find out if I am registered?
BPEQ maintains a comprehensive and up-to-date register containing close to 12,000 RPEQs. Click here to search for a RPEQ.

Do any of the other states have registration requirements?

Each state and territory has some engineering registration requirements. Both the Northern Territory and Victoria are actively pursuing a comprehensive registration system for all engineers based within their jurisdictions.

Are engineering technologists and associates able to be registered?

Engineering technologists and associates do not possess the same standard of qualification, competency and experience as a professional engineer, and are therefore ineligible for registration as a RPEQ. If you believe your qualification, experience and competency is appropriate and equivalent to that of a RPEQ you should contact your preferred assessment entity to be assessed.

What is the difference between RPEQ and CPEng, RPEng and other forms of accreditation?

Registration with BPEQ is mandatory; accreditation such as CPEng or RPEng through a professional membership organisation is voluntary. But professional accreditation can be used as proof of suitability for registration.