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Can anybody give me an idea whether Engineers Australia membership is worth pursuing?

 

I am currently a Pr Eng (Civil) in South Africa, and am not really sure how this status will translate into the workplace and the job search in Oz. Will a MIEAust registration improve my chances of landing a good job? I have a positive skills assessment for "Professional Engineer, ANZSCO Skill Level 1", for what it's worth.

 

Any help appreciated!

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Pr Eng is called CP Eng here and is good to have if you work in consulting engineering.  So if consulting is not your game that probably not "necessary" but wouldn't harm.

 

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You don't need MIEAust to land a job but if the conversion from RSA is not too hard then I'd do it.  Anything to look local and give reassurance that you are competent.

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Thanks - I am in consulting. CP Eng being Chartered Professional?

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Yes.

 

MIEAust is just for membership.

CP Eng is the additional "qualificatioon" of certified professional.

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Thanks RYLC, that's great. Reckon I'll do it a couple of months before the job search begins in earnest. Looks like it's $660 per annum <_<

 

Anybody else have experience along these lines?

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@LeonHJust wanted to clarify that my husband worked as a consulting engineer so we've been through the whole registration / conversion thing with CP Eng.  He had PR Eng in RSA and then needed to have CP Eng here so that he could sign off things as the senior engineer here in Australia.

 

I'm not sure which state you're going to but if it's Queensland then you'll also need RPEQ.  Might be handy to see what's involved with that too if you're going to Brisbane et al.

http://www.bpeq.qld.gov.au/BPEQ/Registration/BPEQ/Navigation/Registration/Registration_-_the_RPEQ_system.aspx?hkey=906af6b0-d2d3-43d5-acf1-e64b38fdfe39

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This is very informative.

 

Now I got assessed as Engineering Technologist. Does that mean I cannot apply for CP Eng?

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Hmmm... I am hoping for Vic, but will happily follow the work trail to NSW or ACT. 

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@PhatMyles

 

I believe you could register as CEngT. Don't ask me what would be involved in the registration though...

 

https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/professional-development/chartered-status

 

 

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@LeonH Some jobs will require that as mentioned by others above. As a member of EA in an non-engineering position let me try to be objective in my answer.

Someone asked a similar question 3 years ago on the EA forum:

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2132296/2132296-139002696

With those responses 3 years ago a lot has happened since then.

https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/sites/default/files/shado/About%20Us/strategic_priorities_summary_6pp_-_web.pdf

Then in 2015 the structure and Charter have amended to have more say in political issues and projects of national interest. The Council was now supported by Board and President, National Congress and Directors which includes directors fees where statutory duties of directors, officers and employees apply to Engineers Australia in the same way as to companies registered under the Corporations Act.

https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/sites/default/files/council_charter_statement.pdf

They become more vocal in political decision making policies

http://newsroom.engineersaustralia.org.au/news?cat=1&loc=All&dis=All&the=33

EA needs your support!!

 

 

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  • 7 months later...

@PhatMyles and @LeonH This may seem an obvious question but just looking for clarity - is it correct for me to assume that in order to register as CEngT you will need to have prior registration as PRTech (Eng) in SA? (Obviously a straight BTech without PR won't suffice!?)

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