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Endorsement is required

From 1 July 2021, your registration must also be endorsed before you can provide professional engineering services in the building industry.

A professional engineer whose registration is endorsed to work in the building industry is known as an endorsed building engineer.

Endorsed building engineers can perform specific functions under the Building Act 1993 as well as broader professional engineering services under the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019.

The registration and endorsement of engineers to work in the building industry under the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 replaces the registration of building practitioners in the category of engineer under the Building Act 1993.

For more information on registering as a professional engineer, view Apply for registration and endorsement.

Deemed endorsement

If you are a registered building practitioner engineer before 1 July 2021, you will automatically be an endorsed building engineer.

If you were registered as a building practitioner in the category of engineer with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) immediately before the Act commenced on 1 July, your registration will automatically transfer to the Business Licensing Authority (BLA).

You will be deemed to be a registered and endorsed building engineer under the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019. Your new registration and endorsement will be equivalent to your registration under the Building Act 1993. As well as performing your functions under the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019, you will be able to work as a professional engineer in the building industry.

You will be issued with a registration certificate and registration number that will be available to download in myCAV after 1 July 2021.

Applying for registration and endorsement

You will be deemed to be registered and endorsed until the date your registration under the Building Act 1993 would have expired.

You will then need to apply for registration and endorsement as a professional engineer under the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019.

You will have five years, to 30 June 2026, during which you can apply for and renew your registration and endorsement without meeting the qualification and experience requirements for a professional engineer. Before the end of the five years, you must have your qualifications and experience assessed by an assessment entity and lodge a copy of your assessment report with the BLA through myCAV.

The BLA will send you a notice before your registration and endorsement expires under the Building Act 1993. You will also be given instructions on how to apply for registration and endorsement through myCAV.

The same process will apply when it is time to renew your registration and endorsement under the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019. For more information, view Registration and endorsement steps.

Renewing your registration and endorsement

Registration and endorsement of professional engineers is for three years, so you must apply to the BLA every three years to renew your registration and endorsement.

To be eligible to renew your registration and endorsement, you must have completed 150 hours of continuing professional development over the last three years.

However, if you were deemed to be registered under the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 because you were registered under the Building Act 1993 on 30 June 2021, you will be exempt from completing CPD for three years commencing on 1 July 2021. For more information, view Renew your registration and endorsement.

The BLA will send you a notice before your registration and endorsement expires. You will also be given instructions on how to renew your registration and endorsement in myCAV.

Annual endorsement statement

You will still need to submit an annual statement to the VBA each year and confirm your professional indemnity insurance details. You can manage this through your myCAV account. For more information, view Annual endorsement statement.

Insurance requirements

Endorsed building engineers must at all times be covered by the professional indemnity insurance required by section 135 of the Building Act 1993 and the current Ministerial Order.

It is an offence under the Building Act 1993 to work as a registered professional engineer engaged in the building industry without the required insurance.

You can contact the VBA for help with your required professional indemnity insurance obligations as an endorsed building engineer.

Regulatory bodies

The Business Licensing Authority (BLA) is the government body responsible for:

  • considering and deciding applications for registration and endorsement
  • considering and deciding applications for renewing registration and endorsement every three years, and
  • approving assessment schemes and the entities that administer those schemes.

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) is the government body responsible for:

  • providing a recommendation to the BLA on whether an applicant is a fit and proper person to have their registration endorsed to work in the building industry, and
  • considering and deciding annual endorsement statements.

If you hold a registration as an individual under the Building Act on 30 June 2021, you will be automatically deemed to be registered and endorsed under the Professional Engineers Registration Act.

You will not have to take any action or pay a fee to be issued with a deemed registration and endorsement by the BLA. Your new registration under the Professional Engineers Registration Act will replace your registration under the Building Act.

Your new registration and endorsement will be equivalent to your registration under the Building Act.

 

Building Act registration

Professional Engineers Registration Act registration

Class of fire safety engineers Professional engineer – Fire safety engineering 
Endorsed - Fire safety engineering
Class of civil engineer Professional engineer – Civil engineering
Endorsed - Civil engineering
Class of electrical engineer Professional engineer – Electrical engineering
Endorsed - Electrical engineering
Class of mechanical engineer Professional engineer – Mechanical engineering
Endorsed - Mechanical engineering

Professional engineers registered and endorsed in the area of civil engineering will also be able to provide professional engineering services in the area of structural engineering. See the Guidelines on the areas of engineering (Word, 109KB).

Your deemed registration and endorsement under the Professional Engineers Registration Act will be until the date your registration under the Building Act would have expired. You will then be required to apply for registration under the Professional Engineers Registration Act.

After your first registration under the Professional Engineers Act you must renew your registration and endorsement every three years.

The BLA will send you a notice before your registration and endorsement expires under the Building Act. You will also be given instructions on how to apply for registration and endorsement via our myCAV online registration system. View more information in About myCAV.

The same process will apply when it is time to renew your registration and endorsement under the Professional Engineers Registration Act.

As engineering companies will not be required to be registered under the Professional Engineers Registration Act:

  • the registrations of existing companies under the Building Act will automatically expire on 1 July 2021, and
  • no new company registrations will be issued after 30 June 2021.

Therefore, you will not be required to renew your company registration under the Building Act if it falls due on or after 1 July 2021.

Yes. If your registration renewal is due prior to 1 July 2021 you must submit your application to the VBA by the due date to protect your company registration from expiry before 1 July 2021.

If your company registration expires before 1 July 2021 because you did not renew your registration, there will be a ‘gap’ period to 1 July 2021 when your company and the individuals working for your company are not authorised to practise as registered building practitioners in the category of engineering.

If your company registration expires it cannot operate as a registered building practitioner in Victoria. For more information on registration renewal, visit Renew your registration - VBA.

A nominee director of registered companies your registration under the Building Act will automatically transfer to a registration and endorsement as an endorsed building engineers under the Professional Engineers Registration Act on 1 July 2021.

You should also renew the registration of your company under the Building Act if it falls due before 1 July 2021. This will avoid a ‘gap period” before 1 July 2021 during which your company will not be registered. During the gap period your company and the individuals working for your company will not be authorised to practise as registered building practitioners in the category of engineering.

If you have any questions about renewing your company registration before 1 July 2021, please contact the VBA on 1300 815 127.

Any employees currently working under a company registration and who want to continue to certify building work and to provide professional engineering services after 30 June 2021 when company registration under the Building Act ends, must be registered.

You have the option of either applying for registration under the Building Act before 1 July 2021 or applying for registration under the Professional Engineers Registration Act on or after 1 July 2021.

A registration granted under the Building Act and current on 30 June 2021 will automatically transfer to a registration and endorsement under the Professional Engineers Registration Act.

From 1 July 2021, new applications for registration and endorsement to work as professional engineers in the building industry must be made to the BLA via myCAV and meet the requirements for registration under the Professional Engineers Registration Act.

To be eligible for registration and endorsement under the Professional Engineers Registration Act you will need to meet certain qualification and experience requirements.

The qualifications for registration are:

  • a Washington Accord qualification
  • a qualification that is equivalent to a Washington Accord qualification, or
  • certification that you have demonstrated substantial equivalence with the competencies and outcomes of a Washington Accord qualification.

For a list of the Washington Accord qualifications, visit the Accredited Engineering Program Directory - Engineers Australia.

The experience required for eligibility for registration is five years of engineering experience in the relevant area/s of engineering gained in the last 10 years, of which at least four years must be post-graduate experience. A shorter period of experience may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

If you transferred to registration under the Professional Engineers Registration Act because you were registered under the Building Act on 30 June 2021, you will have five years, if needed, to meet the qualification and experience requirements for registration and endorsement under the Professional Engineers Registration Act.

This five-year transition period will not be affected when you apply for your first registration and endorsement under the Professional Engineers Registration Act or if your registration and endorsement is renewed during that period.

To continue to be registered after this five-year transition period, you must provide the BLA with a report from an assessment entity that you have met the qualification and experience requirements. Details of assessment entities will be published on our website later in 2021.

To be eligible to renew your registration and endorsement, you must have completed 150 hours of continuing professional development over the last three years.

However, if you were deemed to be registered under the Professional Engineers Registration Act because you were registered under the Building Act on 30 June 2021, you will be exempt from completing CPD for three years commencing on 1 July 2021.

Yes, you will still need to submit an annual statement to the VBA each year and confirm your professional indemnity insurance details.