Engineers whose registration has expired are not permitted to call themselves a RPEQ or carry out professional engineering services – it is an offence to carry out professional engineering service without being registered or directly supervised.
The PE Act provides for a period following each registration year during which RPEQs who did not renew their registration can apply to have their registration restored.
The restoration period is 1 July – 31 August. Previously registered engineers who make a restoration application within the restoration period can do so through the ‘My Account’ portal.
Applications for restoration made after the restoration period may also be accepted by BPEQ at its discretion and only in extenuating circumstances. However, there is no guarantee that BPEQ will accept a restoration application made after 31 August. Any application for restoration received after 31 August can only be made by submitting an approved form and not online through ‘My Account’.
BPEQ will not consider any request for an application for restoration, more than six months after the end of the restoration period.
If BPEQ refuses a restoration application or imposes conditions on the registration, the engineer may apply to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a review of BPEQ’s decision.
When making its decision to restore a RPEQ’s registration, BPEQ will consider:
The restoration process follows the same process as renewing. Applicants must be able to answer:
YES to either question one (1) or question two (2) of the continuing professional development (CPD) questions (Section C); and
NO to ALL fitness to practice (FTP) questions (Section D).
Applicants who have not complied with CPD requirements and/or declare a FTP issue should contact BPEQ.