header

AIRAH Registered Professional Engineer (ARPEng) is the professional accreditation designed for engineers operating in the HVAC&R industry.

Mechanical Engineers (HVAC&R) are those engineering professionals who plan, design, install, commission, operate, tune, and maintain mechanical machines and systems in the built environment that include air conditioning plants, ventilation systems, chillers, cooling towers, refrigeration systems for food production and preservation applications, transport cooling systems, fire and smoke systems, medical facilities, and control systems.


More information about the Mechanical Engineer – HVAC&R discipline


A discipline is a subgroup of the engineering profession with which practitioners align their skills and work activities. Formal and informal education and work experience will influence how an engineering practitioner identifies with a discipline.  

AIRAH is focused on representing Mechanical Engineer – HVAC&R professionals. These are professional engineers whose work is associated with, but not restricted to, the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry (HVAC&R).

The ARPEng accreditation is aligned with registration in state-legislated schemes as a professional engineer in the mechanical engineer discipline.

The Mechanical Engineer – HVAC&R discipline is rapidly changing and multi-faceted. The above description does not fully capture the scope and specialisations of activities, some of which can cross over with other disciplines. For example, sustainability/ESD/resilience can be considered within environmental engineering, as well as other disciplines. Although not a mandatory requirement, when filling out the application we ask ARPEng applicants to identify areas of specialisation related to their engineering activities.

Click here for additional information on the Mechanical Engineer – HVAC&R discipline.

 

Australia’s states are introducing professional registration schemes for engineers. The Queensland Professional Engineers Act has been in operation since 2002 and Victoria has introduced the Professional Engineers Registration Bill 2019 to align with the Queensland scheme.

 

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 Registered Professional Engineer accreditation scheme has been developed to meet these requirements.

A successful application to become an ARPEng will display to the industry – and to the public at large – your qualifications and commitment to the discipline. An ARPEng designation confirms that your skills, professional development and training are up-to-date, and that you are a qualified professional.


Why should I become an ARPEng?

Australia’s states are introducing professional registration schemes for engineers. The Queensland Professional Engineers Act has been in operation since 2002 and Victoria has introduced the Professional Engineers Registration Bill 2019 to align with the Queensland scheme. 

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 Registered Professional Engineer accreditation scheme has been developed to meet these requirements.

A successful application to become an ARPEng will display to the industry – and to the public at large – your qualifications and commitment to the discipline. An ARPEng designation confirms that your skills, professional development and training are up-to-date, and that you are a qualified professional.
 

How long does an ARPEng accreditation last for?

Accreditation lasts for three years, contingent on ongoing CPD activities (150 hours of CPD over a three-year period, with a minimum of 50 hours each year) and adherence to AIRAH Membership and AIRAH Registered Professional Engineer By-Laws

You must reapply every three years to retain your ARPEng accreditation.


Please click here to read the frequently asked questions. We also recommend exploring the links below for detailed information on the application process, eligibility requirements, providing your qualifications, and more.