NOTE: Registration as a Non-Practising Professional Engineer

With recent amendments to the
Professional Engineers Act 2002 (the Act) a new category of registration for non-practising professional engineer has been introduced to cater for retired engineers, and for engineers on maternity leave or other career breaks.

Section 9(2) of the Act states:
An applicant for registration as a non-practising professional engineer is eligible for registration only if the Board is satisfied that the applicant will not carry out, or be responsible for carrying out of, professional engineering services with the registration period to which the application for registration relates.

If you are interested in moving from registration as a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) to a non-practising professional engineer, please email the Board to express your interest to register as a non-practising professional engineer.

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The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland administers the Queensland Professional Engineers Act 2002 (The Act).

The Act provides for the registration of professional engineers to practise in Queensland.

Registration as a professional engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) is recognition of the qualifications and competencies of an engineer. Engineers occupy positions of trust and responsibility within the community, with industry and across government. An engineer plays a critical role in the design and construction of major infrastructure as well as providing critical engineering services to the mining and growing resources sector in Queensland. Engineers aren't limited to the building sector. They play an important role in the construction manufacturing sectors. There are currently 25 areas of engineering in Queensland ranging from aeronautical, chemical to marine engineers. By having a registration system this ensures a high standard of engineering exists within Queensland.

The Act prohibits persons who are not registered from providing professional engineering services in Queensland. The only exception is for individuals who practise under the supervision of registered professional engineers registered in the same area of engineering.

The Act provides a process for persons who are aggrieved by the conduct of a registered professional engineer to lodge a complaint about that engineer's professional conduct.

The current legislation is as follows:

Professional Engineers Act 2002 (as amended)

Professional Engineers Regulations 2003

OFFICE HOURS:  8.30 am - 4.30 pm Monday to Friday. Applications for registration may be submitted to the Board during this time. Should you wish to meet directly with the Registrar or Assistant Registrar for any other issue, please contact the office prior to your visit to make an appointment.


Photographs by Rod Buchholz, courtesy of Department of Communities.

Photographs by Vicki Yen, courtesy of Department of Communities.