Design Certification

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Certification and Third Party Certification is the requirement to examine and assess equipment against legislated standards. Although you are not required to report certification of equipment to an authority, you may require proof of compliance with Australian Standards on investigation of an incident. If this happens, you will need documentation that shows the machinery has been certified by a competent, appropriately qualified person. If you don’t know whether an item should be certified, call us on +61 2 4298 8888 or fill in our enquiry form to discuss any uncertainties or requirements specific to relevant governing body, industry and equipment.

In the case of imported designs or equipment, it’s important to note that in general, the Australian Work Health and Safety Act doesn’t accept foreign standards. Even if the imported equipment has a CE Mark, it must be certified and/or registered under Australian Standards.


SOTO offers you RPEQ, CPEng certification of new or existing designs for compliance across Australian and where applicable, International standards and legislation. Certifying your designs helps you mitigate risk and gain peace of mind.

Our engineers hold Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and Chartered Professional Engineers (CPEng) qualifications and are registered on the National Professional Engineers Register (NPER).

Standards Compliance

Standards Compliance is the examination of designs, equipment and machinery against the relevant Australian Standards. This includes equipment and applications, such as:

  • access ways and ladders
  • cranes
  • failure analysis
  • lifting devices
  • machine safety
  • overall plant compliance
  • pressure vessels
  • powered industrial vehicles
  • structural compliance
  • tanks
  • tank farms
  • tank vehicles.

Transport Equipment

Design and certification of:

  • equipment and containers for shipping
  • lifting equipment for ships and cranes
  • oil field compression and refrigeration equipment (on-shore and off-shore)
  • structural stands for machinery transport and storage.

Design Compliance Audits

SOTO Consulting Engineers can offer you the following Design Compliance Audits:

  • Third party sign-off completed by a RPEQ certified engineer
  • Re-certification following modification or relocation.

OH&S Registration

SOTO Consulting Engineers can provide Occupational Health & Safety Registration (OH&S) for ‘registrable plant’, including (but not limited to):

  • boilers (fired and unfired vessels)
  • bridge cranes
  • elevating work platforms
  • gantry cranes
  • mobile cranes
  • personnel hoists
  • vehicle hoists

Call us on +61 2 4298 8888 or fill in our enquiry form for more information or assistance with certification, design verification or validation.