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NER Registration Process: Step-by-Step Guide

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Publish date: 2024/3/10


Are you aiming to acquire the NER post-nominal? As an engineer, deciding to apply for the NER is a wise decision. It can open doors to new opportunities for professional growth and advancement in Australia.

But if you are wondering how to get started, you are not alone. Many aspiring registrants have questions like:

  • How to apply?
  • What are the costs involved?
  • What is the registration process like?

To get detailed answers to these questions, and get all the benefits of getting registered in NER, continue reading the guide below.

NER Registration Process: All Steps

Before starting your NER application, you must:

  • Be clear about your Engineers Australia membership category: Chartered, EA Members, or non-members.
  • Know about your engineering occupational category: Engineering Associate, Engineering Technologist or Professional Engineer. This is determined by your engineering qualification.
  • And, be clear about the types of documents required according to your membership category and occupational category.

Now, depending on your EA status, continue below:

For EA members and non-members

Step 1: Signup / Login to EA ID

Login to your EA ID to start your NER application. Then, follow the navigation:

Products and Services > Registrations > NER Registration

Step 2: Apply for NER Direct Assessment

Once you find the registration portal, take the following steps to apply for NER Assessment

Tick the check box for privacy policy.

accept the privacy policy

Select the occupational category that matches your current qualification.

Choose your Occupational Category

Select your Area(s) of Practice. These AoP will be added to your NER record.

select your area of practice

Provide a brief summary of how you meet NER competencies in 1500 characters.

fill up the self assessment section

Upload a scanned copy of your identification documents. These documents can be your passport, citizenship, driver’s licence, or any government-verified document.

Provide your identification document

Upload a scanned copy of your transcript (English translated). It must contain details of when, where, and by whom (university) you earned the qualification.

provide your qualification

Upload your expanded CV (formerly known as work experience statement). It should have details of projects you have undertaken, your responsibilities, and key achievements.

Note: You can also upload supporting documents if you feel they can strengthen your application.

Provide work experience

Two professional referees’ are needed for your assessment. Make sure to provide detailed information about referees for NER.

enter the referee details
  • Click “Yes” if you have a current PII policy OR you have the benefit of PII through your employer/contractual arrangements.
  • Click “No” if you do not have PII policy OR PII is not applicable to the work you do.
Verify pii

Provide details of your CPD activities. It demonstrates your ability to practise engineering competently.

You can provide your CPD for NER record in two ways:

  • Maintain EA's online CPD recording platform, OR
  • Upload the CDR record file

Note: CPD record is not mandatory for NER registration. However, once you're registered, keeping your CPD up-to-date becomes mandatory to keep your registration active.

provide your CPD record

Once you have uploaded all the documents,

  • click on the “Submit Application & Pay” option.
  • However, if you need time to prepare or finalise your documents, you can click on the “Save and Exit” option.
submit ner application

After submission of your application, you need to pay a registration fee.

Step 3: Payment

Here is the updated fee structure for EA members and non members:

Registration Fee Renewal fee Additional Area of Practice fee
Member $365 $115 $365
Non-Member $610 $185 N/A


  • All fees include GST.
  • The same fees apply for NER application and annual registration for all members of Engineers Australia, irrespective of occupational category.

After confirming your payment, an assessor is assigned to your application and the NER assessment process begins.

Step 4: Get Assessment Result

After the assigned assessor completes your assessment, the result will be updated on the “Application Progress”.

If assessors find you fit for registration, they will grant the “Registration”.

Then, you will be added to the National Engineering Register List.

For Chartered EA members

The NER application process for EA Chartered members is shorter.

They can apply by taking the following 5 steps:

Step 1: Log into your EA Account

Here, find “NER registration” from the EA service options.

Step 2: Verify Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) Policy

  • Click “Yes” if you have a current PII policy OR you have the benefit of PII through your employer / contractual arrangements. If needed, they can ask for your PII sheet as evidence.
  • Click “No” if you do not have PII policy OR PII is not applicable to the work you do.

Step 3: Submit your NER application

Step 4: Payment

Registration Fee Renewal fee Additional Area of Practice fee
Member $97 (including GST) $115 (including GST) N/A

Step 5: Get Assessment Result

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What is an Engineer's Responsibility After Getting Registered on the NER?

Well, congratulations on getting the NER post-nominal and digital badge. This badge will bring you numerous advantages. However, you will also have greater responsibilities.

As a nationally registered engineer in Australia, you must:

  • Adhere to professional engineering standards and comply with Australian regulations.
  • Deliver high-quality, safe, & sustainable services.
  • Maintain effective communication with clients and collaboration within the team.

Key Takeaways

  • The NER registration process is different for “EA members and non members” and “Chartered members”.
  • The NER registration process for EA members and non members involves several steps: Signing up/Logging into your EA ID > Applying for NER Direct Assessment > Providing required documents > Submitting your application > Payment > Getting the NER result.
  • For EA members, the registration fee is $365, renewal fee is $115 and additional area of practice fee is $365
  • For non EA members, the registration fee is $610, and renewal fee is $185
  • Chartered Engineers Australia members have a shorter NER registration process: Logging into EA account > Verifying PII policy > Submitting the application > Payment > Getting the NER result.
  • For Chartered EA members, the registration fee is $97, and renewal fee is $115
  • Registered engineers have a responsibility to adhere to professional engineering standards, comply with Australian regulations, deliver high-quality services, and maintain effective communication.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    It is a process where engineers register themselves in Australia’s national portal, the National Engineering Register. This registration is the ultimate outcome of the NER application and assessment.

    Yes, there is a big difference.

    For National Engineering Registration, you can be:

    • a chartered engineer
    • an EA member with 5 plus years of work experience, or
    • non EA member with 5 years of relevant engineering industry experience ( in the past 7 years in their area(s) of practice).

    Meanwhile, for EA membership, you can be:

    • a student
    • Graduate
    • EA member, or
    • EA fellow member

    Practising without NER registration is not illegal. However, such practice can result in negative professional and ethical consequences.

    You can track the progress of your Application by checking on your NER landing. This page offers the current state of your application.

    The application progress goes like this:

    Started > Application Submitted > Paid > Assessment in progress > Outcome granted

    Here is the meaning of all the application progress status:

    • Started: You are uploading the required documents.
    • Application Submitted: You have uploaded all the documents and details.
    • Paid: You have paid the fees as per your EA membership status.
    • Assessment in progress: An assessor is reviewing your application.
    • Outcome granted: The final result of your application is provided by the officials.

    The validity period is 1 year. However, to maintain the registration, you must:

    • Maintain CPD
    • Pay the annual renewal fee

    If Engineers Australia rejects your NER application, you will receive a rejection letter. You can read the rejection letter and figure out the criteria/reason that caused the rejection.

    • If you are satisfied with the rejection reason, you can make a fresh application or take some time to prepare the documents. At this point, you should take professional CPD for NER and Expanded CV writing services.
    • If you don’t find the rejection valid, you can appeal to EA. For that, you must appeal within 60 days of receiving the rejection decision.

    Yes, the cost of NER registration is the same for all engineering occupation categories. It varies only for EA members and non members.

    Yes, you can cancel the application at any stage by sending an email to the Members Services Team at and confirming that you no longer wish to be registered.

    Yes. But, this is only available for professional engineers.

    Author Bio:

    Aadya Sharma is a civil engineer in Australia with a passion for blending creativity into technical regions. Her engineering journey of nine years is full of exploration and learning.

    Her outstanding skill is to take on complex engineering challenges and solve them effectively. In addition, she follows the philosophy of trying new things and implementing them in different parts of life.

    Beyond her technical skills, she is committed to bringing positive change in her field. Her diverse nature of work and skills sets her apart from other engineers.

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