Registration of building engineers

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On 1 July 2021, the registration of engineers engaged in the building industry will transfer from the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) under the Building Act 1993 (Building Act) to the Business Licensing Authority (BLA) under the Professional Engineers Registration Act 2019 (Professional Engineers Registration Act).

If you are currently registered as a building practitioner in the category of building engineer under the Building Act, there will be some changes to your registration arrangements.

Under the Professional Engineers Registration Act, you be will be registered as ‘a professional engineer’. You will also have an endorsement on your registration that will entitle you to practise as a professional engineer in the building industry.

Endorsed building engineers

A professional engineer endorsed to work in the building industry will be known as an ‘endorsed building engineer’. The role of an endorsed building engineer will include your existing functions and obligations under the Building Act along with more broadly providing professional engineering services. View the Guidelines on the meaning of professional engineering services (Word, 109KB).

Registrations and endorsements, and the renewal of registrations and endorsements, will be granted by the BLA. The VBA will advise the BLA on the suitability of applicants for endorsement.

Registration under the Professional Engineers Registration Act will only apply to individuals, not companies.

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.