Why should I apply to be listed on the APER?
Australia’s states are introducing professional registration schemes for engineers:
Please note: Currently registration in NSW is directly with the department of NSW Fair Trading. A pathway where registration may be achieved via a professional body of engineers approved by NSW Fair Trading (such as AIRAH) is being developed. More information regarding registration of engineers in NSW may be found here.
Queensland – The current Queensland Professional Engineers Act has been in operation since 2002.
- Victoria – Has introduced the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019, which commenced on July 1, 2021.
- New South Wales – New South Wales has introduced the Design and Building Practitioners Act and Regulation, which commenced on July 1, 2021.
The Western Australian Government is proposing to amend the Building Services (Registration) Regulations 2011
(WA) to require engineers to be registered to carry out building engineering work. More information regarding registration of engineers in WA may be found here
As a result of these Acts, engineers will need to be registered if they provide “professional engineering services”.
The schemes have been founded on the principle that a minimum level of qualifications, experience, and continuing professional development are required to carry out professional engineering services. The AIRAH Professional Engineer Register accreditation scheme has been developed to meet these requirements.
A successful application to become listed on the APER will display to the industry – and to the public at large – your qualifications and commitment to the discipline. An APER listing confirms that your skills, professional development, and training are up-to-date, and that you are a qualified professional.
AIRAH members who have been granted APER accreditation will also be awarded the use of the AIRAH Registered Professional Engineer (ARPEng) post-nominal.
How long does an APER accreditation last for?
Accreditation lasts for three years, contingent on ongoing continuing professional development activities (150 hours of CPD over a three-year period, with a minimum of 50 hours each year) and adherence to the APER Code of Ethics (available via the APER Resources page
) related to the state/territory you are registered in.
You must reapply every three years to retain your APER accreditation.
||AIRAH hosted the free Streamline session "Professional engineers registration – Queensland update" in December 2021. Click here to watch the recording.
For more information, please see our frequently asked questions.
You can also find details on AIRAH's professional registration advocacy submissions here.
We recommend exploring the links below for detailed information on the application process, eligibility requirements, providing your qualifications, and more.