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What is Registered Professionals Engineer’s (RPEng) point of difference?
Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) is industry led, and run on a cost recovery basis only to covers the cost of assessment and administration of the register. The scheme focuses on delivering a career benefit to participant at an affordable price. The By-Laws and Guidelines are developed by our Professional Engineers Division, in consultation with industry to make sure they are contemporary and relevant, assisting our members stay at the leading edge of professional practice.
Do I get to add a post nominal if my application is successful?
People who achieve Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) status can add the postnominal RPEng after their name. This should be followed by an abbreviation of the discipline they are accredited in, as expressed below:
- RPEng (Civ) – Registered Professional Engineer, Civil
- RPEng (Elec) – Registered Professional Engineer, Electrical
And so on.
Can I add the Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) postnominal once I’ve done RPEng?
Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) is our registration scheme, the rules and processes for which we also use to conduct assessments for Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) eligibility. If you also apply for Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) assessment by ticking the box on the Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) application form, and are successful in achieving Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng), then on completion of the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) requirements, you are eligible to be an Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ).
How long does it take to become a Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng)?
To ensure and maintain the quality of our scheme, we do require you to provide substantial documentation, which includes certified copies of relevant academic documents, a complete CPD log and a resume with checkable references. All of these will be checked by an Assessor. The Assessment Committee then considers recommendations for accreditation and issues a testamur. The By-Laws for our Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) scheme mandates that all applications for registration must be responded to within four weeks and that all applications are assessed within eight weeks of receipt unless varied by notifying the applicant in relation to barriers to the processing of the application. In practice the process is usually completed well within that time frame.
Once registered is there any ongoing requirement for continuing professional development (CPD)?
To be registered and maintain Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) status, every three years you have to provide proof of completion of 150 hours of CPD relevant to the discipline that you are registered in.
Are registered engineers subject to any possible audit process, or is it different to CPEng?
We require engineers to submit a record of completion of 150 hours of continuing professional development relevant to the discipline that you are registered in when you renew your registration. We want to be able to assure industry that people who hold Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) status are at the leading edge of practice.
How often do you have to pay a fee?
When you renew every three years. At this stage the initial registration fee is set at $300. We are anticipating a lower renewal rate as we run the scheme purely on a cost recovery basis for the benefit of members, if we can charge a lower fee, we will.
Does the assessment process involve an interview?
Yes. We have an Assessor for each discipline we provide accreditation in. They must have had at least 15 years of experience as a professional engineer in the discipline they are assessing in and all hold Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) status.
What is the difference between Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) and CPEng?
The two schemes are run by different Engineer Organisations. Engineers Australia runs CPEng, and Professionals Australia runs Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng). Both are quality schemes. Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) is for professional, degree-qualified engineers only. As an organisation we support the registration of engineers. We worked with Engineers Australia and Consult Australia on the establishment of the National Engineers Registration Board . Professionals Australia believes there should be a statutory framework to support registration which is obtainable and fairly priced for working professional engineers, supporting their careers while protecting the public.
Are Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) and CPEng of the same quality?
Like Engineers Australia, Professionals Australia is an accredited assessment entity for the only statutory mandatory professional engineering registration scheme in Australia – Registered Professional Engineers of Queensland (RPEQ). This means you can be assured that Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) is of high quality and meets statutory registration criteria in Queensland.
Does Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) allow entry onto the NPER register?
The NPER (National Professional Engineer Register) is no longer operational. It was a product of the National Engineer Registration Board, which was a sub-committee of Engineers Australia. The NERB is no longer supported by Engineers Australia. Professionals Australia are working with other bodies to ensure that there is a national, truly independent system for the registration of engineers.
Why don’t you just leave Engineers Australia to undertake registrations?
We found over time that increasingly our members complained about the cost of the Engineers Australia CPEng scheme, we listened to the interests of our members and responded to their demands to have competition in the market, much as the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland allows competition between assessment entities.
What if I have an international qualification?
To achieve Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) status, you should have a domestic Bachelor Degree, historical equivalent or additional education and training. A qualification gained elsewhere recognised under “the Washington Accord” for recognition as a professional engineer is also acceptable. For qualifications from countries who are not signatories this accord, we do not provide Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) accreditation.
Can I become an Assessor?
We welcome more Assessors of standing and experience. To be an assessor, you must hold Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng), CPEng or CP status, have more than 15 years’ work experience in the engineering discipline in which the applicant is applying for accreditation, possess a full understanding of the interpretation and application of the Professionals Australia Code of Ethics and complete assessor training whilst maintaining CPD requirements.
What disciplines of engineering does RPEng cover?
Professionals Australia provides registration of competency to practice as an engineer in the six disciplines of engineering: