Nurturing the profession

Engineers Australia accredits nearly every undergraduate engineering degree offered across Australia.

BUILDING THE WORLD: Engineers design and construct much of the world where we live, and Engineers Australia works to maintain trust in the profession.

BUILDING THE WORLD: Engineers design and construct much of the world where we live, and Engineers Australia works to maintain trust in the profession.

The community trusts engineering but rarely realises that the world it inhabits is largely created by engineers.

Engineers Australia plays an important role in maintaining public confidence in the profession by providing accreditation and professional recognition structures.

Accreditation

Engineers Australia accredits nearly every undergraduate engineering degree offered across Australia, in almost every discipline.

It does this in collaboration with universities, listening to industry, and monitoring international standards.

The goal is to make sure that graduating engineers are equipped with the core technical skills they need to practise.

The process of accreditation is evidence-based, mapping university subjects to international competencies.

National Engineering Register (NER)

Registration is the mark of trust in an engineer's skills and experience.

The NER is a comprehensive, voluntary directory of Australian engineers created by Engineers Australia that meets several needs simultaneously.

For employers considering hiring, the Register gives instant access to a pool of trustworthy professionals.

The employer gains confidence that the candidate has already been vetted and meets the standards expected of an engineer.

For governments, the Register can serve as a gateway criterion for engineering projects.

Governments and councils can, if they choose, specify that only registered engineers work on the project.

State and territory governments can also use the Register as a foundation for their own registration schemes.

For engineers themselves, the Register is a way of standing out: accelerating their career by demonstrating their experience and commitment to ethical practice.

The NER was launched in 2015 to focus on a more flexible, responsive system.

Since then, numbers have increased steadily.

Chartered

Chartered is the peak of professional recognition.

Joining the National Engineering Register shows that an engineer meets the essential standards for practice, including technical proficiency. Chartered sets an engineer apart as a leader, with a rigorous assessment of their entire skill set: technical proficiency, but also communication skills, leadership and vision. Becoming Chartered opens doors and is in increasing demand by employers, particularly for senior or consulting roles.

For example, Engineers Australia recently secured a contract with the Australian Defence Force to see 1500 senior aerospace technicians and engineers achieve Chartered status. And because Chartered is internationally recognised and benchmarked, gaining this status is a passport to working abroad.

Since the credential was introduced in 1994, the number of Chartered engineers has grown steadily, approaching 25,000 members in 2019.

  • SOURCE: Engineers Australia: 100 Years of Progress
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