Learn why registration is important for individual engineers and the profession.

Engineering is an innate part of everyday life. Without thinking, we trust that the cars, roads, buildings and electronic devices we use will work and won’t harm us. Because of that trust, preserving the integrity of engineering practice is vital.

Registering engineers is important because it ensures engineering professionals meet benchmarked education, training, professional conduct and competency standards. It allows consumers to feel confident in the abilities of the engineers they hire and the products they use.

In Australia, the states and territories are responsible for the statutory registration of engineers. How this is managed is up to each state government. Some states don’t require an engineer to be registered to practise and others have mandated registration. Visit the state registration page to learn more about how statutory registration works.

As Australia’s peak body for engineers, Engineers Australia has created the National Engineering Register (NER). The NER works alongside statutory state registration and provides a mechanism for engineers to have their qualifications and experience recognised across the country. This mechanism also ensures those who are unsuitable to work as an engineer are excluded.

Being registered on the NER means that an engineer:

  • has been assessed and has met the strict competencies for their occupational category
  • is committed to their ongoing training and professional development
  • is endorsed by Engineers Australia.

Once registered, engineers can use the Registered credential as part of their post-nominals. Learn more about the NER.

If you have any questions about credentials or membership, please contact us.