Why should I become an ARPEng?

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.

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.

How long does it take to become an AIRAH Registered Professional Engineer (ARPEng)?

All applications for registration will be responded to within four weeks. The completed application will be assessed within eight weeks of receipt, unless otherwise agreed with the applicant. Applicants shall be notified in the circumstance of delays in the processing of their application.

What does the assessment process consist of?

To ensure and maintain the quality of the ARPEng designation, we require applicants to provide substantial documentation. This includes certified copies of relevant academic documents, a detailed CV and CPD log, as well as professional references. All of these will be checked by an assessor and, if approved, the candidate will be passed on to the assessment committee, who will consider recommendations for accreditation and issue a testamur.

Does the assessment process involve an interview?

Yes, it does. Assessors will interview the applicant and at least two referees.

Who are the assessors?

Assessors have at least 15 years of engineering experience and hold a professional engineering accreditation. They have been selected for their experience, competence, commitment and professional conduct.

What are the fees?

Currently there is no fee for AIRAH members to apply for ARPEng assessment and accreditation. 

How often do I have to pay ARPEng fees?

Currently AIRAH members are not required to pay a fee for renewal of ARPEng accreditation.

Does the ARPEng designation allow me to be recognised as a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ)?

ARPEng is designed to meet all the requirements for AIRAH to be an assessment scheme for registration as a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ). Currently AIRAH is not a registered assessment scheme for registration of professional engineers. AIRAH will lodge an application to become an assessment scheme in early 2020. Once AIRAH becomes a registered assesment scheme and you have gained your AIRAH ARPEng status, you will still need to apply with the Board of Professional Engineers Queensland (BPEQ) to be recognised as a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ).

If I am a member of another professional engineering body, for example CIBSE or Engineers Australia, do I still need to become an AIRAH member?

Yes, being an AIRAH member is a requirement of the ARPEng accreditation.

What if I have an international qualification?

To achieve ARPEng status, you should have a domestic bachelor’s degree, historical equivalent or additional education and training. A qualification gained elsewhere but recognised under the Washington Accord for recognition as a professional engineer is also acceptable.

All qualifications must be submitted in English as a PDF document and they must be certified by an authorised witness.Only authorised witnesses as set out by the Australian Attorney-General will be accepted. Click here to view the list of acceptable authorised witnesses.

Is the ARPEng qualification recognised overseas?

Currently, ARPEng has been established as an Australian qualification. Your registration as a professional engineer will, however, carry great weight and AIRAH continues to endeavour to progress its international recognition.

How do I upload my documents?

As you go through the application process, you’ll be prompted to upload documents. Please ensure these are high-quality scans and that you submit them as PDFs. The file size must be under 10MB.

How can I find out the status of my ARPEng application?

Applicants will be responded to within four weeks of receipt of your application. Applications will be assessed within eight weeks of receipt, unless otherwise agreed upon.

Can I add a post-nominal if my application is successful?

Yes. Once you have successfully passed the application process and become a certified AIRAH Registered Professional Engineer, you may add ARPEng to your name. If applicable, you may also highlight the discipline. For example: Jane Doe, ARPEng (Mech).

How long does my ARPEng accreditation last for?

You must reapply to be an ARPEng every three years, or submit a written proposal (see ARPEng By-Laws and Guidelines) prior to the expiration date.

Your accreditation lasts for three years, contingent on ongoing CPD activities (150 hours of CPD over three years) and AIRAH membership. If your membership lapses, you will lose your accreditation.

Is there a register where I can check if someone is an AIRAH Registered Professional Engineer?

At this time we do not provide a register for checking individual registrations. Details will be posted on our ARPEng website if this changes.

What can I do if my application gets denied?

Should your application be deemed unsuccessful by the assessor, you may lodge an appeal within one calendar month of the date of notification. Your appeal should detail your reasoning as to why your application should be reconsidered and include any additional information that may further support your application.

Applicants can make one appeal per application. If unsuccessful, you are encouraged to reapply in 12 months.

For any additional questions or assistance with your application, please email registrar@airah.org.au or call the national office on 03 8623 3000.

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