How to become a registered engineer

Following a lengthy campaign driven by the LGEA and its members, it will become compulsory for professional engineers to hold registration to practice in NSW from 1 July next year.

The new legislation will have a significant impact on the majority of the 60,000 professionals currently making engineering decisions across the state.

At this stage, the legislation applies to civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and fire safety engineers. All engineers practicing in these disciplines will either be required to hold registration themselves or have all engineering decisions signed off by a registered engineer.

The registration process can take a number of months – especially as the demand for registration increases, so engineers who will need registration are being strongly encouraged to start their applications this year to ensure they can practice legally from the 1 July deadline.

Meeting the registration criteria

To apply for registration through the LGEA’s RPEng program, applicants must:

• Be a member of the LGEA
• Have an engineering degree covered by the Washington Accord or have completed a Stage One Competency Assessment. Check if your degree is under the Washington Accord here.
• All qualifications must be uploaded in English and must be certified by an Authorised Witness. View the list of acceptable Authorised Witnesses here.
• Have an up-to-date CV that demonstrates at least five years of work experience in the area relevant to the engineering discipline being applied for. This experience must have been gained within the last five to seven years.
• Have three professional referees who can verify the work experience detailed in the application. These can either be supervisors or colleagues, but each referee must have known the applicant for at least 12 months, already have engineering accreditation or be eligible to apply for accreditation.
• Be able to demonstrate completing at least 150 CPD hours in the past three years. LGEA members can complete and track CPD hours through their member portal here.

The application process

Once an applicant has gathered the above mentioned documentation, it’s time to submit an application via the RPEng website.

Once the application has been received by the RPEng team, it will be reviewed and sent to an assessor within the same discipline of engineering for processing.

The assessor will arrange phone interviews for both the applicant and their three referees.

We have tried to make the application process as straightforward as possible, however if you have any questions regarding the application form, eligibility requirements, costs, or processing times, please contact

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