Continuing Registration Requirements
The 2020-21 renewal period for of all registrations is in process and will continue until 30 June 2020. The Board would like to remind all RPEQs of the need to comply with the requirements of Section 16 (3) of the Professional Engineers Act 2002 (Act).
Whether you are registered with an assessment entity for participation in their assessment scheme or you otherwise comply with the Board’s continuing registration requirements, it is a condition of your registration that you complete the continuing registration requirements of the assessment entity you are registered with or otherwise complete 150 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) in a rolling three-year registration period. As part of each renewal application you are required to indicate how your own professional practice meets either of these continuing registration requirements.
The Board and the assessment entities conduct regular audits of CPD compliance. If an applicant for renewal of their registration is found to have made a misleading declaration in relation to meeting their continuing registration requirements, then there are serious consequences. If the Board renewed a registration based on any false representation made by an applicant, the Board can cancel the RPEQ’s registration under section 28 (a) of the Act.
Further, if the Board are satisfied that any applicant has made a false declaration the Board may prosecute the applicant for an offence under Sections 30 and 31 of the Act for providing the Board with false or misleading information in relation to the application for renewal.
To put it in simple terms; if you tick the box to indicate that you have complied with your continuing registration requirements when you have not in fact done so then you risk the cancelation of your registration and prosecution for a summary offence with a maximum penalty of $6,500.
In this current registration year, the Board have uncovered a number of false declarations in this space and now wish to remind all RPEQs applying for renewal to be cognisant of their obligations under the Act.