In line with the Registration of Engineers Act 1967 (Revised 2015), only registered Professional Engineers with a Practising Certificate can submit engineering plans to Local Authorities. In order to apply for a Practising Certificate, Professional Engineers must sit and pass the Professional Competency Examination (PCE) in their relevant branch of practice.
Presently, the PCE for the following branches of practice for the construction industry are in place:
- Civil engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Electrical engineering
Candidates who want to sit for other branches of practice need to write to the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) to prepare PCE for these other branches of practice. On passing the Professional Competency Examination, the candidate may apply to be registered as a Professional Engineer with a Practising Certificate.
This document is issued by the Board of Engineers Malaysia as information for Professional Engineers to prepare for the Professional Competency Examination.
Aims of the Professional Competency Examination
The Professional Competency Examination will test the candidates within the limits of “professional engineering services” as defined in the Registration of Engineers Act 1967.
The examination will also test the candidate’s knowledge, experience and application of:
- Regulations and rules of engineering practice by BEM
- Statutory laws, codes, regulations
- Standards of professionalism and ethical behaviour imposed by BEM
The Professional Competency Examination
The Professional Competency Examination is conducted by the Board of Engineers Malaysia pursuant to Section 38A of the Registration of Engineers Act 1967 (Revised 2015).
The Board shall appoint an Examination Panel, consisting of such members from amongst the registered Professional Engineers to assist in conducting the Examination.
Eligibility to sit for the examination
Professional Engineers wishing to sit for the Professional Competency Examination (PCE) shall apply to the Board of Engineers Malaysia by completing the Form PCE.
Eligible candidates for the examination must be Professional Engineers registered with the Board in the appropriate disciplines.
On approval of the candidate’s application by the Board, the candidate is allowed to sit for the examination.
Fee to sit for the examination
The fee for an application to sit for the Professional Competency Examination for one sitting is RM1,000.00 with an additional RM100.00 (non-refundable) as processing fee.
Date of examination
Date of PCE will be confirmed by the Board.