What is a Registered Professional Engineer of QLD?

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What is a Registered Professional Engineer of QLD?

As a professional engineer working within Queensland or on a Queensland project it is legally required for you to become a Registered Professional Engineering of Queensland (RPEQ) under the Professional Engineers Act (2002). Through becoming RPEQ certified you are providing clients, stakeholders, and the public with much-needed confidence and skill credibility. You must meet the required standards in your qualifications, skill, competency, and professionalism under the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland regulations.

The goal of this certification is to implement a certain expectation and quality of work from engineers working on large, expensive, and potentially dangerous construction sites. It is intended to protect against inappropriate, unsafe, poorly designed, or poorly manufactured engineering output.

How to become RPEQ certified?

Currently, Queensland is the only state or territory in Australia to implement regulations and assessments for all engineers working in the state. The RPEQ is formal recognition of your engineering qualification (or equivalent), experience and competency. You must be assessed as a Professional Engineer to be acknowledged as an RPEQ.

There are two ways you can qualify for the RPEQ assessment:

  1. If you are a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng)
  2. If you are registered on the National Engineering Register (NER) as a Professional Engineer

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What are the RPEQ requirements?

To qualify to become a RPEQ you must satisfy the below criteria:

  1. Qualification: A minimum four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree from an Australian university. For an overseas qualification, an additional assessment fee is required, unless covered by the Washington Accord.
  2. Competency: have a minimum of five years working as an engineer and carrying out professional engineering services under the guidance and direct supervision of another RPEQ.
  3. Continuing Professional Development: minimum 150 structured CPD hours completed over the previous three years

What role does the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland play?

The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) was established in 1929 under the original Professional Engineers Act (PE Act).

The Board is responsible for regulating the engineering profession across Queensland. They do this by implementing a fair and consistent set of standards, designed to uphold the highest engineering conduct across all disciplines.

The main purpose of the PE Act is the establishment of the regulatory scheme for engineers, known as the Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) system.

Their objectives:

  1. Protect the public by ensuring professional engineering services are provided by an RPEQ in a professional and competent way.
  2. Maintain public confidence in the standard of services provided by RPEQs.
  3. Uphold the standards of practice of RPEQs.

Their functions:

  • to assess registration applications
  • to register engineers as RPEQs
  • to conduct, or authorise, investigations about the professional conduct of RPEQs and contraventions of the PE Act
  • keep a register of RPEQs
  • to advise the Minister

Visit the BPEQ website here for more information. © Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) 2020.

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