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Yes. All of the QPP`s work is part of the overall oversight process. The exact requirements for direct supervision vary depending on the type and circumstances of the service being monitored. A number of Queensland Chartered Professional Engineers (QPEs) have inquired with the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (Board) about the concept of “direct supervision” of a person performing a professional engineering service1 as provided for in the Professional Engineers Act 2002 (the Act). The purpose of this practical guide is to explain the concept of direct supervision. Different QPPs may take responsibility for directing, monitoring and evaluating service performance at different times. However, direct supervision by an RPEQ must take place throughout the service. The requirements for establishing direct supervision depend on each individual issue and may vary depending on the type of professional engineering service and the level of experience of the person being supervised. This point suggests that the engineering design of equipment packaged abroad should be performed by QPN, unless this activity is not a professional engineering service, which seems unlikely in most cases.

What are the QPP monitoring provisions? If you rely on the QPP for direct supervision, what does that mean in terms of contractual responsibilities? The Queensland Professional Engineers Act requires that professional engineering services in Queensland – or professional engineering services provided between states or overseas for a Queensland-based project – be provided by an RPEQ. The only exceptions are when an unregistered person performs a professional engineering service under the direct supervision of an RPEQ who assumes full professional responsibility for the service. Supervision must be direct. The supervisor must have direct contact with the supervisor and actual knowledge of the professional engineering service provided. Depending on the type of service being monitored, direct contact does not have to be personal, but may take place through written correspondence (letters, drawings or emails), telephone or voice or video chat. However, contact must be established directly between the supervisor and the supervisor and not through a third party. It is advisable to exercise direct supervision to prove these conversations and instructions. For example, meeting minutes sent by email at the same time as each meeting, or follow-up emails confirming that discussions and instructions have been given. Direct supervision was the topic BPEQ recently introduced in a webinar hosted by Engineers Australia. Some of the questions asked during the Direct Surveillance webinar include: Figure 1: Examples of Appropriate and Inappropriate Supervision Finally, the Panel believes that the supervisor and supervisor should document and document the supervisor`s oversight that must be prepared if a review of the existence and nature of oversight is required.

The supervising QPP must supervise the performance of the service by the person. The supervisor must be involved in all stages of the inspector`s service delivery. Supervision is not direct supervision when a supervisor simply reviews the completed service and approves or “signs” it. Certification or authorization at the end of a service is not sufficient to establish direct supervision without all other elements of direct supervision also being present. Yes. The direct supervision requirements contained in the Act do not apply to QPPs. Direct supervision only applies to unregistered persons. Join the Board of Professional Engineers for an information session on how to directly monitor non-QPP employees during this time when most people are working remotely. While not required by law, the QOLE will also discuss the requirement for a QPP signature and how this can be completed digitally. Obligations are imposed on both the non-registrant, who is directly supervised, and the QPP, which has direct supervision.

Direct monitoring requirements are intentionally burdensome. The Act provides that an EPPP may not provide professional engineering services in a field of engineering other than an engineering field for which the QPP is registered.5 For example, an Electrical QPP may not provide professional engineering services in the civil field of engineering. A QPP that does so commits a criminal offence and is liable to a maximum penalty.6 However, this is not the case if the QPP provides professional engineering services under the direct supervision of another QPP registered in the engineering field and responsible for those services.7 Elements of direct supervision include that the QPP: The supervising QPP must instruct the person in the performance of the service. The superior may not only observe the performance of the service by the inspector, but must also supervise the performance of the service in accordance with the inspector`s instructions in the performance of the service. Supervision is not direct supervision if the supervisor gives the inspector carte blanche in the performance of the service. Finally, the supervising QEP must assume full technical responsibility for the service. This means that if a complaint is made about the quality of the service being monitored, the supervisor must accept that the complaint is related to him or her as the person who directly supervised the performance of the service, and not to the supervisor, and that it may be investigated by the committee and subsequently disciplined. In order to establish direct oversight, the following must be demonstrated and supported by evidence that meets each requirement: No.

Seniority and relationships are not elements of direct supervision, and until the junior engineer is registered, they must be monitored directly. How many years do I need to have worked on a QPP before I can apply? It depends on the project and the extent to which professional engineering services are provided. If the project manager provides professional engineering services and applies engineering knowledge and judgment, he or she must be a QPP himself or herself or be directly supervised. Under the Queensland PE Act, any person performing a professional engineering service in or for Queensland must be registered with BPEQ as a Queensland Chartered Professional Engineer (QPE) or be directly supervised by an RPEQ. The objectives of the EP Act and the QPP are to protect the public and comply with technical standards. If I become an RPEQ, do I have to keep my CPD? Not per se, the QPP and the supervised person must gather evidence to support the elements discussed in this article (and described in the webinar), not just one point. 2 Professional Engineers Act, 2002 (Qld), subsection 115(1). 3 Professional Engineers Act, 2002 (Qld), subsection 115(1). One penalty unit is currently $110.00: Penalties and Sentences Act 1992(Qld) s 5(1)(d). 4 Professional Engineers Act 2002(Qld), s 115(2). 5 Professional Engineers Act, 2002 (Qld), subsection 115(3). 6 Professional Engineers Act 2002(Qld) s 115(3).

One penalty unit is currently $110.00: Penalties and Sentences Act 1992(Qld) s 5(1)(d). 7 Professional Engineers Act 2002(Qld) art 115(4). Understanding how the EP Act affects engineers and other resource professionals working in Queensland is an important aspect of best practice and can help prepare residents of other states for similar regulatory accreditation assessments that are increasingly being studied elsewhere.

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