Since developing the Chartered for Academics Pathway agreement between Engineers Australia and RMIT at the start of the year, more than 20 engineering academics have become Chartered Engineers or Chartered Engineering Executives.
The Chartered for Academics Pathway is an exclusive pathway for engineering academic staff to access chartered credentials, aiming to increase the number of Chartered Engineers in the tertiary sector.
Since the program’s implementation at RMIT, 57 academics have expressed interest to RMIT in becoming chartered through the pathway.
According to Engineers Australia National Manager – Membership Growth Samantha Zdjelar, the Chartered for Academics pathway is making becoming Chartered more accessible for engineering academics.
‘It’s so important that we recognise the contribution of engineering professionals in the tertiary sector and the role these academics play in inspiring, supporting, and developing the next generation of engineers’, said Zdjelar.
‘By developing a streamlined process that recognises these engineering academics’ experience and contributions, 24 of these academics have been able to gain international recognition for their professional practice competence through the Chartered Credential.’
Taking into account the additional academics currently going through the assessment process, it is expected that the program will see a total of 30 members becoming chartered through the program by the end of the year.
Becoming a Chartered Engineer or Chartered Engineering Executive is international recognition of competence in engineering practice, recognising the breadth of capability of an engineering professional.
For engineering academics, the credential signifies to colleagues, employers, students, industry partners and Accreditation panels their competence and knowledge within engineering practice.