Pipeline Engineer Registration

Oil and gas pipeline engineering is now recognised as a specific area of practice by the National Engineering Registration Board (NERB).

Engineers play a key role in our society and economy. Ensuring that engineers who work in the oil and gas sector are appropriately qualified and that they have the knowledge, experience and expertise required is essential to ensure Australia continues to build and operate its transmission pipelines safely, sustainably and efficiently. The ability to clearly recognise competent pipeline engineers is an important part of ensuring the safety of oil and gas pipelines.

Pipeline engineering is multidisciplinary, drawing on a broad range of general disciplines, including civil, chemical, mechanical and structural engineering. With the exception of Queensland, engineering is a self-regulating profession in Australia. Recognising the key role that registration can play in ensuring that standards are nationally protected and understood, and that the profession is portable, APGA has worked with the National Engineering Register (NER) to establish Oil and Gas Pipeline Engineering as a special area of practice. This means that appropriately qualified and experienced pipeline engineers whose competency is verified can apply to become registered in this special area of practice in addition to their general area of practice – such as mechanical or civil engineering.

Assessment for registration is based on the APGA Pipeline Engineer Competency Standards. Find out more about the competency standards. A Competency Panel of senior pipeline engineers and related professionals from across the major sectors of the industry sets and maintains the assessment criteria and methodology. Find out about the criteria from the NER website. Applications are assessed by an Assessment Panel which is made up of experienced current practitioners and has been established by the National Engineering Register and APGA. Assessment is based on evidence of achieving core and elected competencies that is verified by an experienced pipeline engineer.

Achieving the competencies to demonstrate the required breadth and depth of knowledge, experience and expertise is expected to take some time. APGA has designed a portfolio template, which enables pipeline engineers to record their knowledge and experience and have it verified contemporaneously. The portfolio is also required as part of the application for registration, so download the portfolio template and start gathering the verifications now.

For engineers who practice in Queensland, or who supervise those who practice in Queensland, there is an additional benefit as the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) recognises pipeline engineering as an area of practice for Registered Professional Engineers of Queensland (RPEQ) based on registration in the NER special area of practice.

Registration in the special area of practice of Oil and Gas Pipeline Engineering is open to engineers who have already registered as a professional engineer. Find out more about the National Engineering Register.

If you have questions about registration, check the FAQs first. If you don’t find the answer to your question, email training@apga.org.au

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Last updated on 11 Jan 2016 by kpolglaze