Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland

The Institution of Structural Engineers is now an approved assessor for BPEQ

The Institution underwent an assessment process with the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) and has been granted a licence to act as an approved assessment entity. This will allow Chartered Members of the Institution to become a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) through a simple application process.

About BPEQ:

The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland regulates the profession of engineering in Queensland. BPEQ traces its history back to 1830 when the then Queensland Government passed the original Professional Engineers Act. The PE Act established the BPEQ and created the Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) system. The main function of the BPEQ is the administration of the PE Act and managing the RPEQ system. As a statutory organisation, BPEQ reports to the Minister for Housing and Public Works and has an administrative relationship with the Department of Housing and Public Works.

The objectives of the PE Act are to:

  • Protect the public by ensuring professional engineering services are provided by a registered professional engineer in a professional and competent way
  • Maintain public confidence in the standard of services provided by registered professional engineers
  • Uphold the standards of practice of registered professional engineers

Why should you become RPEQ qualified?

Queensland is currently the only Australian jurisdiction to apply a comprehensive registration system for engineers. Registration as an RPEQ is formal recognition of the qualifications, experience and competency of an engineer.  It is a requirement of the Professional Engineering Act that professional engineering services in Queensland, or for Queensland, are carried out by an RPEQ, or alternatively by a person who carries out the services under direct supervision of an RPEQ who holds ultimate responsibility.

The PE Act applies extraterritorially, which means that RPEQ registration is still required for any professional engineering services carried out interstate or overseas, but destined for Queensland.

Once registered you will included on the Roll of Registered Professional Engineers of Queensland, and be able to use the title ‘Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland’, as well as the ‘RPEQ’ designation after your name.
 

How to register

Already registered as a Chartered Member and want to become RPEQ?

If you are an existing Chartered Member or Fellow of the Institution you have already demonstrated that you have met the competence requirements for registration as an RPEQ. To apply for RPEQ registration please email the membership team to request the application form and a letter of eligibility.

Your will need to send your application form, plus evidence of your competency (the letter of eligibility), and the application fee directly to the BPEQ. The BPEQ will notify you when your application has been assessed – usually around two weeks.

Please note that you will not be automatically added to the RPEQ register: it is the responsibility of the applicant to complete and send the form to the BPEQ, along with the appropriate application fees.


Want to become a Chartered Structural Engineer (MIStructE) and join RPEQ at the same time?

If you are not yet a Chartered Member of the Institution you can apply to register as RPEQ as soon as you have successfully completed the assesment process of interview of examination. You will need to be able to demonstrate that you meet both the academic and competence requirements for Chartered Membership, take a look at the full details of the application process.

In order to register as an RPEQ following completion of your Chartered Member application, you should inform the Membership Team, in writing (email is fine) when you submit your application paperwork. Once you have been elected as a Chartered Member you will be sent the form that will enable you to register with the BPEQ.

Please note that you will not be automatically added to the RPEQ register: it is the responsibility of the applicant to complete and send the form to the BPEQ, along with the appropriate application fees.


Want to become RPEQ but not gain IStructE Membership?

If you would like to become RPEQ only, without the IStructE Chartered Membership, you must still pass the full Chartered Member application process of a Professional Review Interview and the seven-hour examination: take a look at the full details of the application process.

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