Engineers carry out highly complex work and it is appropriate – just like many other professions – that they meet and uphold high standards of professional practice. The PE Act requires that anyone carrying out a professional engineering service in Queensland or for Queensland (e.g. a design project carried out interstate or overseas for a Queensland based project) must meet these standards and then be registered as a RPEQ. This ensures that only qualified, competent and experienced professionals design, build, maintain and develop the products, infrastructure and services we use every day.
An engineering 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 (see pg. 113 of the PE Act).
RPEQs are registered in an area/s of engineering related to their qualification and competency. Recognised areas include: civil, electrical, mechanical, mining and structural.
Qualification and competency is assessed through an approved assessment entity. The following organisations are authorised by BPEQ to carry out assessments to determine eligibility for registration and the area/s of engineering a RPEQ will be registered in:
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is the Commonwealth Government body that regulates Australian aviation safety. CASA personnel who hold an Instrument of Authority from CASA may be eligible for registration as a RPEQ in the area of Aeronautical engineering.
There are two types of registration; practising and non-practising. To carry out professional engineering services a RPEQ must hold practising status. Non-practising status is designed for RPEQs not currently practising engineering (e.g. career break or parental leave).
Mutual recognition is a process that allows people licensed or registered to practise an occupation in one jurisdiction to practise an equivalent occupation in other jurisdictions.
Engineers may be able to apply for registration through mutual recognition under:
Membership or accreditation from a professional membership association (e.g. Engineers Australia) is not registration and does not entitle an engineer to apply for mutual recognition.
Engineers who believe they qualify to be registered under mutual recognition should contact BPEQ.