Step 1 – Qualification and experience assessment
Choose an assessment entity and apply to have your qualifications and experience or competencies assessed.
The first step to be registered as a professional engineer is to apply to an assessment entity to have your qualifications and experience or competencies assessed against the requirements in their approved assessment scheme.
The Business Licensing Authority (BLA) has approved several assessment schemes. Review the assessment schemes approved by the BLA and choose an assessment entity from the Public record of assessment entities to conduct your assessment.
After conducting the assessment of your qualifications and experience or competencies, the assessment entity will give you a report on their assessment titled Professional Engineer Registration Victoria – Report on Outcome of Qualifications and Experience Assessment.
The report will list:
- the area or areas of engineering in which you are eligible to apply for registration, and
- the area or areas of engineering in which you are eligible to apply for endorsement, if you have requested an assessment to work in the building industry.
Deemed endorsed building engineers
If you were transferred from registration with the Victorian Building Authority and deemed to be a registered and endorsed building engineer on 1 July 2021, you have until 30 June 2026 to have your qualifications and experience assessed by an assessment entity. View more information about deemed endorsement.
You can choose and apply to an assessment entity at any time before 30 June 2026 to:
- have your qualifications and experience assessed in the area or areas in which you are deemed to be registered and endorsed, or
- be assessed in another area of engineering if you wish to add an area of engineering to your deemed registration and endorsement.
Important: You must ask your assessment entity for an assessment for both registration and endorsement.
The Professional Engineer Registration Victoria – Report on Outcome of Qualifications and Experience Assessment issued by your assessment entity must list the area or areas of engineering in which you have been assessed for:
- registration, including your deemed area or areas of engineering and any new area of engineering, and
- endorsement, including your deemed area or areas of engineering and any new area of engineering.
Civil aviation safety engineers
You do not need to complete this step if you are a civil aviation safety engineer.
Go to Step 2 and provide the BLA with a copy of your appointment from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority as an authorised person under the Commonwealth Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998.
Step 2 – Apply for registration and endorsement
Lodge an application with the BLA for registration, and also for endorsement if you intend to work in the building industry.
The second step is to lodge an application for registration with the BLA through myCAV. For more information, view How to apply for registration and endorsement.
Your application must include a copy of the report from the assessment entity on your qualifications and experience or competencies titled Professional Engineer Registration Victoria – Report on Outcome of Qualifications and Experience Assessment. The BLA will check this report and assess your application against the ineligibility criteria.
Endorsement to work in the building industry
If you have also applied for endorsement to practise as a registered professional engineer in the building industry, the BLA will refer your application to the Victorian Building Authority for a report on whether you are a fit and proper person under the Building Act 1993.
Practising or non-practising?
You can apply for registration as a practising professional engineer or a non-practising professional engineer.
If you are registered as a non-practising engineer, you are not permitted to provide or be responsible for providing professional engineering services or apply for endorsement.
Duration of registration and endorsement
Registration and endorsement (if required) is for three years commencing on the date your registration and endorsement was granted by the BLA.