Building engineering practitioner registration

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Please note

Building engineer applications will not be accepted until 1 July 2024.

Building engineering practitioners are registered under the Building Services (Registration) Regulations 2011 by both area (civil, structural, mechanical, fire safety) and level (professional, technologist, associate). Each level has different experience, qualification, and competence requirements, as well as different scope of work.

How do I apply?

To be registered as a building engineering practitioner you must first have your qualifications and experience assessed by an approved assessment entity.

If your assessment certificate predates 1 July 2024, you need to obtain written confirmation from the assessment entity that your qualifications and experience were assessed in accordance with the prescribed requirements for registration in Western Australia from 1 July 2024.

Once an assessment entity has assessed your qualifications and experience, you can apply to the Building Services Board for registration. To apply for registration as a building engineering practitioner you must complete an application form for the relevant area and level below. Choose the area and level that accord with the assessment entity’s assessment of your qualifications and experience.

When you have completed the application form submit it and your supporting documentation to Licensing Services with the applicable fees. Your application can be submitted online, by post or in person.

Areas, levels and application forms

Structural – professional

(No limit to the type of structural engineering work that may be carried out)

Qualification

Bachelor or Master of civil or structural engineering accredited to the Washington Accord and published by Engineers Australia's Australian Engineering Accreditation Centre.

Experience

5 years of full-time relevant building engineering experience (at least 4 years being post-graduate) in the past 10 years.

Application form

Applications will not be accepted until 1 July 2024.
Application forms will be available when applications are ready to be accepted.     

Structural – technologist

(Limited to technical structural engineering work for low or medium-rise buildings)

Qualification

Bachelor of engineering technology, science or design in the structural discipline accredited to the Sydney Accord and published by Engineers Australia's Australian Engineering Accreditation Centre.

Experience

5 years of full-time relevant building engineering experience (at least 4 years being post-graduate) in the past 10 years.

Application form

Applications will not be accepted until 1 July 2024.
Application forms will be available when applications are ready to be accepted.    

Structural – associate

(Limited to technical structural engineering work for low-rise buildings)

Qualification

Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in structural design or drafting accredited to the Dublin Accord and published by Engineers Australia's Australian Engineering Accreditation Centre.

Experience

5 years of full-time relevant building engineering experience (at least 4 years being post-graduate) in the past 10 years.

Application form

Applications will not be accepted until 1 July 2024.
Application forms will be available when applications are ready to be accepted.    

Fire safety – professional

(No limit to the type of fire safety engineering work that may be carried out)

Qualification

Bachelor or Master in a relevant field of engineering accredited to the Washington Accord and published by Engineers Australia's Australian Engineering Accreditation Centre and, if the degree is not in fire engineering, a Graduate Diploma in fire engineering or a Master of fire engineering.

Experience

5 years of full-time relevant building engineering experience (at least 4 years being post-graduate) in the past 10 years.

Application form

Building engineer applications will not be accepted until 1 July 2024.

Fire systems – technologist

(Limited to technical fire systems engineering work for all building)

Qualification

Diploma in fire systems design with units relevant to 1 or more prescribed fire systems.

Experience

5 years of full-time relevant building engineering experience in the past 10 years.

Application form

Applications will not be accepted until 1 July 2024.
Application forms will be available when applications are ready to be accepted.    

Fire systems – associate

(Limited to technical fire systems engineering work for low and medium-rise buildings)

Qualification

Diploma in fire systems design with units relevant to 1 or more prescribed fire systems.

Experience

3 years of full-time relevant building engineering experience in the past 10 years.

Application form

Applications will not be accepted until 1 July 2024.
Application forms will be available when applications are ready to be accepted.    

 

Still unsure which form to use?

If you are unsure of which form to use or about any of the information above, contact Licensing Services on 1300 489 099 or email be.info@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

Automatic mutual recognition and Mutual recognition

If you are registered or licensed as a building engineer elsewhere in Australia or New Zealand, and want to carry out building engineering work in Western Australia, you can find out more information about having your licence recognised in WA.

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