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The Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 (the Act) commenced on 1 July 2021.

The Act requires you to be registered with the Business Licensing Authority (BLA) to provide professional engineering services in a prescribed area of engineering in Victoria, or from a location outside Victoria, if the services are intended for Victoria.

You are not required to be registered if you work under the direct supervision of a registered practising professional engineer or only in accordance with a prescriptive standard.

The five areas of engineering prescribed for registration in the Act are:

  • fire safety engineering
  • civil engineering
  • structural engineering
  • electrical engineering, and
  • mechanical engineering.

From 1 July 2021, registration will only be mandatory for professional engineers who practise in, or who want to apply for registration to practise in, the building industry. In addition to being registered, your registration must also be endorsed to allow you to provide professional engineering services in the building industry.

If you are already registered with the Victorian Building Authority, under the Building Act 1993, as a building practitioner in the category of engineer, your registration will automatically be transferred to the BLA and you will be registered and endorsed under the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019. For more information, view If you want to work in the building industry.

Timeline for professional engineers registration

For all other professional engineers, mandatory registration will be phased in by each of the five prescribed areas of engineering.

Area of engineering Date registration becomes mandatory 

Fire safety engineer

1 December 2021

Civil engineer

1 October 2022

Structural engineer

1 October 2022

Electrical engineer

1 June 2023

Mechanical engineer

1 December 2023

If you are not registered with the BLA by the date when registration will become mandatory for your area of engineering, you will not be legally entitled to provide professional engineering services in or for Victoria after that date.

Start your registration process early

To ensure that your registration is completed by the date when registration will become mandatory for your area of engineering, you should lodge your application for registration with the BLA at least three months before that date.

Applications for registration with the BLA opened on 1 July 2021 and must be made through myCAV. For more information, view About myCAV.

For more information on the registration process, please view Apply for registration and endorsement.

Public register

You can search the professional engineers public register by name or registration number. View more information on the public register.

View the Guidelines and Practice note:

Code of Conduct for Professional Engineers

As a professional engineer, your legal obligations under the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 include the obligations under the Code of Conduct for Professional Engineers (PDF, 388KB).

Guide to the Code of Conduct

The Guide to the Code of Conduct for Professional Engineers (Word, 947KB) helps professional engineers to interpret and comply with the Code of Conduct for Professional Engineers made under the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019.

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