To be a professional engineer, you need to be qualified.


Recognition as a Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia (RPEng) requires evidence of professional competency and a commitment to the profession of engineering.

A significant element of professional competency, and the first hurdle to achieve the title of RPEng, is to meet a standard level of educational attainment.

In Australia, the accepted qualification to be considered as a professional engineer is an accredited four-year Bachelor degree in one of the disciplines of engineering. The Guidelines for the disciplines of engineering registration offered through APEA are published in the By-Laws and are available here.

When assessing the suitability of an applicant’s qualification, assessors are required to ensure it meets the requirements listed in the By-Laws.

The By-Laws state that your qualification must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Four-year full-time Bachelor’s degree or a Master of Engineering from an accredited Australian institution that meets the Washington Accord. The Assessment Committee can consider a statement issued by an accredited university as to qualification suitability in terms of meeting the Washington Accord,
  • Or part-time equivalent degree
  • Or a previously recognised historical equivalent qualification,

    I. For applicants seeking registration in IT&T engineering where there were no formal qualifications until the 1990’s, consideration will be given to practitioners who hold a three-year degree or diploma in computing and can demonstrate additional training, development and experience in software or hardware computer engineering.

  • Or a letter from Engineers Australia that states that the applicant has met the current academic and competency requirements for standing as a Professional Engineer
  • Or a qualification gained elsewhere that satisfies the requirements of the Washington Accord for recognition as a Professional Engineer.

All qualifications must be uploaded in English and must be certified by an Authorised Witness. You can view the list of acceptable Authorised witnesses here.
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