Review of the National Registration Framework
Engineers Australia and the National Engineering Registration Board (NERB) are currently reviewing the national registration framework governing the three existing national engineering registers, National Professional Engineers Register (NPER), National Engineering Technologist Register (NETR) and the National Engineering Associates Register (NEAR).
Engineers Australia believes that changes to the national registration framework in the form of a single National Engineering Register (NER) will deliver greater value to members, the engineering profession, the engineering community and the public. In line with this change, Engineers Australia has recognised a need for a new Professional Standards Scheme (PSS) aimed at improving the professionalism of the broadest possible class of members and the profession at large. Further information can be obtained via the FAQs below.
During this review and transition phase, current registered engineers on the NPER, NETR and NEAR will not be invoiced for the annual Registration fees on the 2015-16 Renewals advice. Existing registrations will remain current. The existing search tool RPSearch will continue to operate during the transition phase.
1. What is the EAPSS and how do I Join?
The EAPSS stands for the Engineers Australia Professional Standards Scheme.
The EAPSS is recognised in law as a benchmark standard for engineering professionals practising in Australia and is all about professional recognition, public trust and consumer protection.
Members will be eligible to join if they are a:
- Chartered member; or
- MIEAust member with 5 years post graduate experience.
Eligible members must also have:
- a recognised qualification;
- currency of continuing professional development;
- professional indemnity insurance, as appropriate; and
- adhere to Engineers Australia’s code of ethics.
The EAPSS provides legal recognition Australia-wide for the engineering profession.
Persons eligible must have professional indemnity insurance in accordance with EA’s insurance standards, unless they are working in an area of practice exempt from this requirement e.g. working in the public sector or a tertiary institution.
The insurance standards have been designed for the vast majority of Engineers Australia members to comply with, without any additional effort required.
2. How is it different to the current EAPSS?
The current EAPSS is limited to Chartered members only. The new EAPSS will be expanded to include Chartered and eligible non- Chartered members of Engineers Australia. Currently, Chartered membership is the only entry to the current scheme and is based on the highest skill set. Engineers Australia recognises that it has an obligation to improve the professionalism of the broadest possible class of members and the profession at large, and in doing so, set the benchmark standard by which all practitioners should practice, not just Chartered.
3. Do I need to be a Member of Engineers Australia?
Yes. The professional standards legislation in each State and Territory prescribe that scheme members are members of Engineers Australia.
4. Does this replace Chartered (CPEng, CEngT, CEngA)?
No. Chartered engineers are part of an international network backed by the full weight of international accords and agreements. Chartered means that your expertise and experience is recognised around the world. Chartered remains a significant pathway to membership of the expanded EAPSS, but is no longer the only pathway.
5. How do I register?
Eligible Chartered members currently registered on the NPER, NETR and NEAR will be invited to transition across to the current EAPSS until the new EAPSS is in place over the coming months. It is important to note that during this transition period those registered on the Engineering registers will remain on the registers until the new EAPSS is fully operational. Engineers Australia is not charging for this registration during the transition period.
Non-Chartered eligible members will be able to access the new EAPSS once the Scheme has been approved by the Professional Standards Councils (PSC). Approval is expected by the end of this year. In the meantime, eligible members of Engineers Australia can register their interest for priority EAPSS information.
6. Can I join EAPSS using my Employer's Professional Indemnity Insurance?
Engineers Australia professional standards scheme members, except for limited exceptions, must have a professional indemnity insurance policy which meets the minimum requirements for the scheme. A member is deemed to have professional indemnity insurance if they are a principal, partner, director or employee of a firm that has professional indemnity insurance in accordance with the insurance standards. In other words, you don’t have to have your own PI policy unless you are a sole practitioner.
7. What happens to my Registration on National Engineering Registers (NPER, NETR AND NEAR)?
Moving to the EAPSS means that Engineers Australia will be withdrawing its support from these registers and moving to a National Engineering Register (NER). Until the new EAPSS is in place those on the current NPER, NETR and NEAR will remain on these registers until they are notified of when the new EAPSS is available.
If government bodies require authentication of a member’s registration during the transition period, Engineers Australia can provide this.
8. How much will it cost?
There will be a nominal annual fee to cover membership to the PSC and Engineers Australia’s administration charges, in line with previous registrations.
9. What will it give me?
Membership to the EAPSS signifies to consumers and your clients that you meet a benchmark standard of practice in Australia recognised under the professional standards legislation in every State and Territory. Admission to the EAPSS is public recognition that you are part of a credible professional community, that you can be trusted and that you have work practices in place to manage risk. In return, your liability is capped - only professionals who participate in the scheme will have the benefit of capped liability.