2015 will be an exciting year for Registered Professional Engineer of Professionals Australia (RPEng) scheme.
2014 saw the introduction of RPEng for our professional engineers, meaning competent and qualified engineers had an affordable alternative to Engineers Australia’s Chartered scheme so they could get the respect, recognition and reward they deserve.
Since operation commenced in August, demand for RPEng grew quickly, reaching 100 applications within three months and ending the year at nearly 170 applications. In 2015, we expect this growth to continue.
According to Professionals Australia’s CEO, Mr Chris Walton, there three important changes that professional engineers can look forward to:
- More disciplines being available for accreditation as an RPEng;
- Greater recognition as the scheme grows exponentially; and
- Mandatory registration for engineers in other jurisdictions.
“2015 will be defining year, as the RPEng scheme continues to grow. Firstly, we will be introducing at least three new disciplines of registration: environmental, chemical and geotechnical,” said Mr Walton.
“Secondly, as the number of Registered Professional Engineers continues to rise, so will awareness of the scheme. This means that we can expect more and more organisations to begin accepting the RPEng title as the industry standard in engineer accreditation.
“Finally, the election of a new government in Victoria means they will look to introducing mandatory engineer registration, means we are one step closer to achieving mandatory national engineer registration. We expect many States to follow suit,” said Mr Walton.
Professionals Australia believes that just as registration of medical doctors provides patients with peace of mind; registration of engineers provides the community with safety and confidence in the roads, rail, bridges and energy infrastructure that engineers oversee and deliver.
Engineers perform vital work that supports the prosperity and safety of our nation. They apply high levels of knowledge and skills to solve complex challenges, build the products we use and the environment we live in. They deserve the increased status that accreditation provides, while the community deserves to have confidence in the engineering services they procure.
By providing a high-quality, yet affordable registration scheme, Professionals Australia hopes to increase the number of engineers who obtain registration and in turn, promote high standards of ethical practice and professionalism.
To become registered, visit www.rpeng.com.au