Registration as a Professional Engineer - New South Wales


You will need this registration to work as a Professional Engineer on class 2 buildings. You will be classed as a Professional Engineer if you:

  • are undertaking either electrical, civil, geotechnical, structural, fire safety or mechanical engineering work
  • meet the eligibility requirements, which include at least five years' experience
  • are working on a class two building or a building that includes a class 2 part.

Class 2 buildings are residential apartment buildings. They are commonly multi-unit residential buildings where people live above and below each other, and have special rules to protect the health, safety and welfare of all occupants. Mixed-use buildings containing a class 2 part are also included. This means the requirements apply to work on all parts of the building, not just the class 2 part.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

You must satisfy the eligibility criteria for your specified class of registration. There are six classes of registration:

  • civil
  • electrical
  • fire safety
  • geotechnical
  • mechanical
  • structural.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You will need to ensure you maintain your registration by:

  • complying with the required professional and ethical standards
  • completing 50 Continuing Professional Development hours each year, keeping written records to provide as evidence of completion
  • keeping records in a form that can be readily inspected for at least 10 years.


If you apply for registration between 1st July and 31st December 2021, you will be 'deemed' registered. You will receive a registration ID and you can keep working while your application is being assessed. If you apply for registration after 31st December 2021, you will need to stop declaring doing professional engineering work while you wait for your application to be assessed and approved.

Mandatory insurance requirements will commence from 1 July 2022. Between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022, insurance will not be mandated as a condition of registration, although adequate insurance is recommended.


Registration lasts either one, three or five years from the date you lodge your application


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $592.00

One year. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $1332.00

Three years. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $2219.00

Five years. Fees for 2021-22

Application process


You must apply through the Service NSW website. You will need:

  • to be working on class 2 buildings or buildings that include a class 2 part
  • proof of identity
  • a police check
  • a copy of your degree, postgraduate degree, diploma or national vocational education course certificate and / or transcripts
  • to ensure any existing licence you hold for your field of work is current with the details matching your proof of identity documents.

Administering agency

Department of Customer Service

NSW Fair Trading

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Enquiries, Fair Trading Information Centre (FTIC)

NSW Fair Trading

Department of Customer Service

New South Wales
Mailing address: PO BOX 972
Parramatta, New South Wales 2124
Phone: 13 32 20
Website: NSW Fair Trading (Opens in new window)