The Chartered credential is the highest available technical credential for an engineering professional. It’s nationally and internationally recognised as a measure of excellence and signifies a certain level of skill, talent and experience.
When you hold a Chartered credential, it puts a solid value on the years you’ve devoted to the profession. It gives prospective employers and clients immediate respect and confidence in your abilities.
A Chartered credential also opens the door to career progression, leadership development and opportunities to work overseas.
To be eligible to apply for a Chartered credential you need to be an Engineers Australia member and have five years or more engineering experience.
You also need to meet and maintain competency across 16 elements related to your occupational category and area of practice. The 16 elements sit across four core areas:
- personal commitment
- obligation to community
- value in workplace
- technical proficiency.
If you have more than 15 years’ experience, the application process is more streamlined. Learn more about applying for Chartered with 15+ years’ experience.
If you hold a Chartered credential from overseas, you may be able to apply through a mutual recognition agreement. You’ll need to provide evidence of a minimum of 150 hours of CPD over the previous three years.
Less than 5 years
You’re not eligible just yet but you can start working towards Chartered now.
Follow the steps below to find out how.
5 - 15 years
You're eligible to apply for Chartered now. Start the six-step process with our online self-assessment.
Because of your extensive experience, you're eligible for our streamlined application process, Chartered via interview.
Become a member of Engineers Australia. You need to be a member to apply for Chartered.
Build your continuing professional development (CPD) portfolio. Keep track of your CPD in your EA portal account. CPD can include formal training, safety training, events, discussions, networking and site inductions. You need to complete at least 150 hours of CPD over a three-year period to apply and maintain a Chartered credential.
Start keeping evidence of where you’ve applied the 16 elements of competency for independent practice (stage 2), in your role. These can include emails, presentations, development plans, project plans, peer review reports, drawings and plans.
Finally, be sure to attend one of our Chartered information sessions to learn more.
Step 4 - Graduate members only
Find a mentor through our exclusive graduate mentor match program. This six-month structured program is exclusive to graduate members and pairs you with an experienced engineer in your field who can mentor you. Email us for more information.
Lapsed membership or Chartered credential
If you’ve let your membership or your Chartered credential lapse, you can reinstate them easily.
To reactivate your membership, login to the EA portal using your email address or EA ID number. Select Re-join my membership from the home page and follow the prompts. You can also reinstate your Chartered credential during the membership application.
If you’re a current member but your Chartered credential has lapsed, email us and explain that you’d like to reinstate your Chartered credential. We’ll be in touch to explain how to do this and what the cost is.
Alternate pathways to Chartered
Alternate pathways to become Chartered exist for specific situations.
If you have a Chartered credential with an overseas engineering body, you may be able to apply for Chartered through a mutual recognition agreement. Details about the reciprocal organisations plus how to apply for membership and a Chartered credential are explained on the mutual recognition agreement page.
If you’re a current serving member of the Australian Defence Force you may be able to apply for Chartered directly. Email us to find out if you’re eligible and how to apply.
If you’re credentialed with a recognised organisation in the below areas of practice, your credential is equivalent to Chartered. Email us to find out how to get your Engineers Australia Chartered credential.
- Systems engineering – INCOSE CSEP or ESEP
- Cost engineering – AACEI CCP, PSP, EVP or DRMP
- Asset management – AMC CSAM or CFAM