The Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 (the Act) commences 1 July 2021. It will progressively introduce mandatory registration by each of the five prescribed areas of engineering between 1 July 2021 and 1 December 2023.
The five areas of engineering prescribed for registration in the Act are:
- civil engineering
- structural engineering
- electrical engineering
- mechanical engineering, and
- fire safety engineering.
You must be registered with the Business Licensing Authority (BLA) to provide professional engineering services in Victoria, or from a location outside Victoria if the services are intended for Victoria. Many but not all engineering services are considered a 'professional engineering service' under the Act.
View the Guidelines and Practice note:
The first step in applying for registration as a professional engineer is to have your qualifications and experience assessed against the requirements in an assessment scheme approved by the BLA.
In preparation for the Act commencing on 1 July 2021, the BLA has commenced a process to approve assessment schemes. Any organisation can prepare an assessment scheme and apply to the BLA for approval of that scheme. Organisations that administer assessment schemes are known as assessment entities.
A register of approved assessment schemes and assessment entities will be published on our website in 2021.
More information for organisations wishing to apply to the BLA for approval of an assessment scheme is available on Apply to administer an assessment scheme.
The second step in applying for registration is to make an application to the BLA. Your application must include a copy of the report from the assessment entity that assessed your qualifications and experience.
More information about registration
We will publish more information about the requirements for registration and the registration process, including when the BLA will start taking application for registrations, on this page soon.