Professional registration of engineers in Victoria, Australia

Deadline to register

Professional registration in Victoria

In Australia, the registration of engineers is determined by the states/territories.

Those working on mechanical engineering projects in Victoria are required to be registered by December 1, 2023.

Important dates
December 1, 2023 Victoria deadline
October 1, 2023 Recommended deadline for APER applications

Does the deadline impact HVAC&R professionals?

Professional registration is already in place in Victoria for fire safety engineers; civil engineers; structural engineers; and electrical engineers.

This December 1 mandatory registration deadline for mechanical engineers is of importance to those working in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, and building services.

For more information on professional registration in Australia, please click here.

When should I apply?

It can be a lengthy process to assess your competency. To meet the deadline, we recommend starting the registration process as soon as possible.

Applications to the AIRAH Professional Engineer Register (APER) should be submitted by October 1, 2023.

Please note: Applications will be accepted after this date, but we cannot guarantee that your accreditation will be confirmed in time for the December 1 deadline.

What is APER?

AIRAH Professional Engineer Register logo The AIRAH Professional Engineer Register (APER) is the professional accreditation for engineers operating in the HVAC&R building services industry. It demonstrates to the public that an engineer is qualified, competent, and ethical.

The APER is open to both AIRAH members and non-members.

Why should I apply with AIRAH?

  • AIRAH is an approved assessment entity in Victoria.
  • AIRAH is the only professional body representing mechanical engineers working in the HVAC&R building services discipline. Our dedicated team and our experienced assessors are familiar with the industry and your work.
  • Build on your engineering experience. AIRAH offers CPD opportunities relevant to your career and can assist you in maintaining your registration.

How do I register?

The Victorian Engineers Registration Scheme operates as a co-regulatory model. Assessment must be undertaken by an approved assessment entity.

The steps to apply through the APER scheme are:

Step 1 You (the candidate) will complete the online application process. This involves several stages/steps to assess eligibility and experience. For more information on how to apply, please visit this page.
Step 2 AIRAH will verify your qualifications, experience, and competency.
Step 3 Once assessed and deemed eligible, you will apply to the Victorian Business Licencing Authority for registration.


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This page was last updated May 31, 2023

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