Become a RPEQ

Registration as a RPEQ demonstrates an engineer’s qualification, competency and experience and ongoing commitment to development and learning.

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.

What is a Professional Engineering Service defined as?

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).

BECOMING A RPEQ IS A FOUR-STAGE PROCESS

1. Qualification

Graduating from a recognised tertiary institute with a four-year undergraduate degree in engineering (or equivalent).

2. Competency

Gained through experience working as an engineer and carrying out professional engineering services (four to five years post-graduation).

3. Assessment

Qualification and competency assessed through an approved assessment entity.

4. Registration

Made to BPEQ along with letter of assessment and fitness to practice declaration.

ASSESSMENT

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.

REGISTRATION

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).

Practising RPEQ

$119.20

Plus application fee: $64.20

 

REGISTER

Non-practising RPEQ

$118.45

Plus application fee: $64.20

 

REGISTER

MUTUAL RECOGNITION

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:

  • The Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 1992, if they are registered in an equivalent area of engineering in another Australian State or Territory; or
  • The Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (Cth), if they are registered in an equivalent area of engineering in New Zealand.

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.