Professional standards library

Our professional standards library includes downloadable copies of the areas of practice, areas of engineering and member policies. 
Also included is information about assessment types and copies of the assessment competencies.

Use these documents for Chartered assessment.

Areas of practice

Engineers Australia | July 2022

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering deals with the application of physical sciences (physics and chemistry) and life sciences (microbiology and biochemistry), together with applied mathematics and economics to produce, transform, transport, and properly use chemicals, materials and energy. 

Engineers Australia | July 2022

Civil Engineering

Civil engineering deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment. Civil engineers generally specialise in one of a number of sub-disciplines. 

Engineers Australia | July 2022

Construction

Construction engineering deals with all areas of construction of public, commercial and industrial infrastructure, structures and plant including brownfield and greenfield sites.

Engineers Australia | July 2022

Cost Engineering

Cost engineering deals with the analysis of cost and timing outcomes on engineered assets, programs, projects, products and services.

Engineers Australia | July 2022

Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering deals with electricity generation, transmission, distribution, electrical equipment manufacture, instrumentation and control systems.

Use these documents for NER or State registration assessment.

Areas of engineering

Engineers Australia | July 2022

Civil Engineering

Civil engineering deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment. Civil engineers generally specialise in one of a number of sub-disciplines. 

Engineers Australia | July 2022

Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering deals with electricity generation, transmission, distribution, electrical equipment manufacture, instrumentation and control systems.

Engineers Australia | August 2022

Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineering uses the core knowledge of the environment to create innovative solutions for a sustainable future.

Engineers Australia | July 2022

Fire Safety Engineering

Fire safety engineering deals with the protection of life, property, and environment through the application of engineering principles, rules and judgement to the phenomenon of fire, its physical effects and the reaction and behaviour of people to fire.

Engineers Australia | July 2022

Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical engineering deals with the mechanics of soil and rock and its applications to engineering elements.

Competency assessments are used to ensure engineering professionals who want to work within Australia meet the benchmarked qualifications and competency standards to practise.

Engineers Australia uses two sets of competency standards per occupational category. Each one is used for a different purpose.

Entry to practice

Entry to practice assessments (sometimes called stage 1) are used to assess some membership applications and some migrant skills assessment applications.

If you need to complete an entry to practice competency assessment, you’ll be assessed against the entry to practice competencies for your occupational category.

Download the entry to practice competency assessment documents for:

Independent practice

If you want to apply for a Chartered or NER credential you’ll be assessed using an independent practice assessment (sometimes called stage 2). You’ll be assessed against the 16 elements of competency that are related to your occupational category. These sit across four core areas:

  1. Personal commitment.
  2. Obligation to community.
  3. Value in workplace.
  4. Technical proficiency.

Download the independent practice competency assessment documents for:

If you have any questions about competency assessments or applications for migration skills assessment, Chartered or NER please contact us.

Member policies

Engineers Australia | 2015

Royal Charter and By-laws

Engineers Australia has operated under a Royal Charter since 1938. It also operates under a set of by-laws to ensure appropriate regulation and fair processes for governing boards and members alike.

Engineers Australia | November 2019

Spokespersons policy

In accordance with Engineers Australia’s mission to be recognised as a trusted source of information representing the profession, our spokespersons are expected to follow protocols to ensure consistency across our public messages and communications to protect our reputation and good standing.

Engineers Australia | February 2017

Travel management instruction

To ensure that Engineers Australia receives the best value from its travel dollar and to maintain transparency, the following procedures must be adhered to for all travel undertaken.

Our accreditation management system (AMS) evaluates Australian education engineering courses against the entry-to-practice competencies for the levels of professional engineer, engineering technologist and engineering associate.

Accreditation management system

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Engineers Australia | May 2020

AMS-POL-01 Accreditation principles

This document sets out Engineers Australia's policy on how we apply the accreditation principles to higher education (tertiary) and VET engineering courses.
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Engineers Australia | November 2018

AMS-POL-02 Accreditation principles - COVID-19

This document sets out Engineers Australia's policy on how we apply the accreditation principles to higher education (tertiary) and VET engineering courses during the covid-19 pandemic.
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Engineers Australia | December 2017

AMS-STD-10 Accreditation standard for higher education

This document sets out the accreditation standards Engineers Australia applies to higher education (tertiary) engineering courses. Use this with the AMS-MAN-11 procedures manual.
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Engineers Australia | February 2018

AMS-STD-20 Accreditation standard for VET programs

This document sets out the accreditation standards Engineers Australia applies to VET engineering courses. Use this with the AMS-MAN-21 procedures manual.
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Engineers Australia | May 2021

AMS-TPL-30 Table of programs offered for accreditation

Use this template in your accreditation application for higher education (tertiary) engineering courses. Use this with the AMS-MAN-11 procedures manual.