Registered Engineering Associate Competency Assessment Programme
Competency in an engineering discipline must be established to the satisfaction
of The Engineering Associates Registration Board,
before a candidate is registered under The Engineering
The recognition of current competency has become an essential element
of contemporary occupational registration systems. Regular re-assessment
of an individual’s competency is necessary to assure the public
that a particular REA has remained up-to-date and technically competent.
The Board has a voluntary scheme to provide that ongoing assurance of
competency for REAs. There is not yet a legal basis for this in the Engineering
Associates Act; hence the voluntary element to this scheme.
The REAcap Scheme
REAcap (pronounced recap, ie REA competency assessed
This scheme is offered to all current Registered Engineering Associates
on a voluntary basis.
The REAcap assessment follows similar principles to those required under
the Engineering Associates Act for initial REA registration. A person’s
knowledge (academic qualifications), engineering experience and responsibility
are all considered in the re-assessment. The scheme requires the equivalent
of REA validation every four years, and confirms that an REA is operating
to the Code of Ethics.
For engineering clients and the public, the REAcap assessment provides
assurance that the REA is maintaining current competency in a nominated
engineering discipline, and is committed to a formal Code
of Ethics. REAcap validation requires independent evidence of technical
and supervisory competence.
For REAs, the REAcap validation provides colleagues, peers, employers
and clients with evidence of your technical and supervisory competence.
The Board also believes it will assist in obtaining other statutory engineering
registrations or licenses for a licensed occupational activity.
Evidence of current REAcap validation is provided by a
certificate for display. The current REAcap status of any REA can be verified
by anyone from the List of REAs.
REAcap Validation Requirements
REAs must submit the REAcap application form and declaration, together
with a current CV, a list of recent training or development activities,
and the names of at least two referees who can support the recent occupational
activities described in the CV. The Board carries out audits to ensure
accuracy of declarations.
The REAcap process acknowledges the many and varied positions filled
by REAs encountered in organizations ranging from small businesses to
large local authorities and consultancies. These positions include management,
marketing, human resources as well as engineering tasks across a multitude
To retain the REAcap status, the REA registration must remain current
and all annual fees paid.
For further details and application information please contact the Registrar.