Frequently Asked Questions

What does ERB stand for?

ERB is short Engineers Registration Board

What is the purpose of ERB?

ERB was established to regulate the practice of engineering in Botswana, to protect the public and the welfare of Engineers and their families.

As an engineer, how do I register with ERB?

ERB recognizes three categories of registration.

  1. Graduate
  2. Registered
  3. Professional

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How much does it cost to register with ERB?

First time registration fee for any category is BWP500.00; Non-Refundable. Fees then differ accordingly, depending on the career profile and qualification of the engineer.

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What is the difference between graduate and professional?

A graduate is an engineer with less than four years working experience and a professional is an engineer with four years working experience and above

How do I benefit as an ERB registered engineer.

1. Peer recognition

2. Mark of engineering competence recognized locally, regionally and internationally.

3. Continuing professional development

4. Employee mobility

How does the public benefit from ERB

  1. Safe guard against unethical engineering practice.
  2. Competent engineers contribute to the development of the nation and economy
  3. Enforcement of high standards of engineering practice.
  4. Removal of bogus engineers through monitoring
  5. Enhanced credibility of the engineering profession

Am I eligible to register with ERB?

These are qualifications required for ERB registration

  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Engineering
  • BTech Degree in Engineering
  • BSc or BEng Degree in Engineering

How long does it take to process my application?

It will take 6-8 weeks to process an application for registration

What is professional registration and why register as professional engineer?

Professional registration establishes proven knowledge, understanding and competence. Registering as a professional engineer shows peers, employers and clients that one has demonstrated a commitment to professional standards and code of professional ethics, and to developing and enhancing competence.

Is it illegal to work as an engineering professional whilst not registered with ERB?


What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and why is it important to the profession?

To renew a practicing certificate as a Professional Engineer, one has to satisfy the minimum requirements for the CPD points. CPD helps the professionals to be up to date with current developments in the profession and to refresh their knowledge and skill.

What differenatiate a certificate of registration and a practising certificate?

Registration shows that one has met the requirements to join the engineering profession under regulations by ERB. Once granted, it does not expire. Registration alone, does not allow one to lawfully to perform engineering work, they also need a current Practising certificate. The practising certificate allows a person to lawfully execute the works of an Engineer. The practising certificate expires annually.

Can I use my international qualifications to register?


What are the requirements for registration for non-residents of Botswana?

Sections 9 (1) of the Engineers Registration act (CAP 61:06) – States that the board will direct the registrar to issue a temporary registration certificate provided the applicant meets the necessary requirements.