You will require this registration if you intend to operate as a civil, mechanical, electrical or fire safety engineer in the building industry. There are four classes of engineer registration:
- Civil engineer: design, construct and assess all kinds of infrastructure works and services such as water, sewerage, transport and urban development together with building and construction.
- Mechanical engineer: design, install, test and manage all types of machines, mechanical systems, automated systems and robotic devices. In the building industry, mechanical engineers are often involved with thermal and environmental control systems.
- Electrical engineer: design electrical, electronic, communication and computer systems. They have expertise in safe and efficient power generation, transmission, distribution and utilisation.
- Fire safety engineer: a multi-disciplinary role, with connections to building services and to other engineering areas. They have expertise in fire prevention, risk assessment and control of potential damage by designing and installing effective monitors, alarms, sprinklers and other protection systems.
You must register with the VBA eToolbox to access the required forms. Please consult the responsible agency for more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To obtain a certificate of registration as a civil, mechanical, electrical or fire safety engineer you must:
- have the specified educational qualifications in the particular class plus the specified period of practical experience, or the equivalent total in work experience
- complete the application form and support the application with details of your training, professional memberships, business operations and in some categories, samples of work
- satisfy the agency that you are of good character and fit to work as a building practitioner (the Agency will take into account matters such as your criminal record, and whether you have previously been insolvent)
- have appropriate insurance (required insurance for building practitioners is determined by the Agency)
- provide a signed authorisation allowing the Agency to conduct a National Police Certificate check
- lodge the application form and supporting copy documentation, including photographic ID, with the agency together with the prescribed fee.
You will require one of the following qualifications:
- Civil engineer: tertiary qualification in civil engineering and three years practical experience or current certificate of registration as a civil engineer on the National Professional Engineers Register (NPER).
- Mechanical engineer: tertiary qualification in mechanical engineering and three years practical experience or current certificate of registration as a mechanical engineer on the National Professional Engineers Register (NPER).
- Electrical engineer: tertiary qualification in electrical engineering and three years practical experience or current certificate of registration as an electrical engineer on the National Professional Engineers Register (NPER).
- Fire safety engineer: tertiary qualification in fire safety engineering and three years practical experience or current certificate of registration as a fire safety engineer on the National Professional Engineers Register (NPER).
The Agency may require you to undergo an assessment by a board member, industry expert or workplace assessor prior to your registration being approved. The assessment will cover your knowledge and skill in areas relevant to the work of an engineer.
Ongoing registration is subject to satisfaction of specified requirements including industry training and standards compliance, as determined by the agency.
Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.
Engineer Registration Application - Please consult the responsible agency for more information.
Victorian Building Authority
Building Act 1993 (Victoria)
Building Regulations 2006 (Victoria)
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