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ABOUT US
The Council of Registered Professional Engineers' mission is to set and maintain engineering standards in Mauritius, in line with internationally recognised standards of professional competence and ethics for engineers.

CRPE is a regulatory body, set up by an Act of Parliament. Under the RPEC Act of 1966, the CRPE regulates the engineering profession in Mauritius and formally represents the interests of Mauritian Engineers.

Currently, CRPE registers suitably qualified applicants on the CRPE Roll of Engineers. The Roll has only one section so far: Registered Professional Engineer. This title is protected by the RPEC Act (1966), as well as the abbreviation “RPEM” and additional titles “Registered Engineer”, “Professional Engineer” and "Engineer", may only be used by Registered Professional Engineers.

There is a legal restriction on the right to practise as an engineer in Mauritius. Registration is renewable annually and mandatory for engineering employment and the provision of engineering services.

All candidates for registration as Professional Engineer must have completed a satisfactory period of engineering training and satisfy the competence standards set by CRPE. Applicants must show that they have a satisfactory academic base, have undergone approved professional training, and, at interview, must demonstrate their engineering competence against specific criteria.

Council members are nominated by the Minister of Public Infrastructure from proposals made by the Institution of Engineers, the Government of Mauritius, the Central Electricity Board, and the Mauritian Sugar and Agriculture Technological Society (Société Technologie Sucrière et Agricole de l’Ile Maurice).

The Council members then elect a Chairperson from among themselves. The Council shares the logistics and offices of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Land Transport and Shipping of the Republic of Mauritius at Phoenix, and is serviced by a Registrar.

Since 1966, therefore, the Council constituted as laid down in the Act, has been meeting every month or so, to process applications for registration. CRPE has to date registered more than 1100 Engineers.

History
Efforts at seeking statutory licensing of engineers entering the practice was an objective being pursued by the Association of Professional Engineers of Mauritius, now known as the Institution of Engineers Mauritius. The Professional Engineers Bill (No XXXII of 1965) to the Legislative Assembly on 26 October 1965 by a Private Member's Bill

The Bill was referred to a Select Committee of the House. That Committee favoured the establishment of a separate body for registration of engineers. A Revised Bill was passed by the Legislative Assembly on 21st December 1965, and enacted as the Registered Professional Engineers Council (No 49 of 1965) on 1st July 1966. The Act established the Corporate Membership of three specific engineering institutions as automatically acceptable qualifications, alternatively a recognised engineering degree from the UK.

In May 1967, on advice received from the Secretary of State for the Colonies, the Act was amended to introduce a mandatory experience requirement of 2 years for those applying on the basis of the Degree. It empowered the Council to recognise qualifications other than the Corporate Memberships specified and the UK University Degree in Engineering.

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