Engineers carry out highly complex work, so it is important that only qualified, competent and experienced engineers design, build, maintain and oversee critical infrastructure in our state. It is also important for young engineers to get the right guidance and direction from experienced mentors. The RPEQ system ensures that they do.
The first step toward becoming a RPEQ is graduating with a four-year degree in engineering from a recognised tertiary institute that meets the standards of the Washington Accord. The Washington Accord is an International Agreement between bodies responsible for accrediting engineers degree programs.
The next step in the RPEQ process is developing competency in engineering – this will take between three and five years.
All graduates and students must be under direct supervision from a RPEQ if carrying out professional engineering services until they have met the qualification and competency requirements and been assessed. The only other exception is if they are carrying out an engineering service in accordance with a prescriptive standard.
Globally leading levels of professionalism for engineers in a dynamic environment.
To protect the public and maintain confidence in the profession by upholding the highest standard of engineering
Honesty and integrity
Professional and ethical
Fair and consistent
Student engineers performing professional engineering services in Queensland or for Queensland as part of an internship or work experience must be directly supervised by a RPEQ who takes full professional responsibility for the services. A recent graduate must also be directly supervised by a RPEQ who takes full professional responsibility for the services until they have developed working competency to become registered themselves. Direct supervision must occur throughout the lifecycle of a project or service, not just as an end of project/service certification.
The supervising RPEQ must:
Oversee and Evaluate the carrying out of the service by the person.
Have sufficient knowledge of professional engineering services being carried out.
Have sufficient control over outputs of professional engineering services being carried out.
Take full responsibility for professional engineering services being provided
For direct supervision to occur the following elements must be present:
Graduating from a recognised tertiary institute with a four-year undergraduate degree in engineering (or equivalent).
Gained through experience working as an engineer and carrying out professional engineering services (between 3-5 years).
Through an approved assessment scheme – different assessment schemes operate for different areas of engineering
Application for registration submitted to BPEQ, alone with a letter of assessment from the assessor and a fitness to practise declaration.
Examples of appropriate and inappropriate supervision