Eligibility Criteria for the CPEng Status in New Zealand


An engineer in New Zealand holding the title CPEng (Chartered Professional Engineer) is an experienced engineer who has been evaluated as fulfilling a quality mark of competence.

An engineer in New Zealand holding the title CPEng (Chartered Professional Engineer) is an experienced engineer who has been evaluated as fulfilling a quality mark of competence. This status is proof of the capability of the holder of this title. It means that the engineer is capable of dealing with complex engineering problems that need expert technical knowledge. The engineer having this grade must be reassessed at least every six years to main their status.

Although a Chartered Professional Engineer has to demonstrate New Zealand-specific technical experience, this title is a competency mark that has global recognition.

It is also a protected title, and its holder is registered with the Registration Authority for Chartered Professional Engineers and must follow a strict Code of Ethical Conduct.

Over the past few years, the country’s government has been working on potential changes to the way engineering is regulated. In March 2022, Cabinet accepted a new licensing regime for those engineering who are involved in safety-critical work, but it will take some years to be completely implemented.

In the meanwhile, those engineers who think that they may want to attain the CPEng status must apply for assessment, even if they might be required to be licensed in the future.

Eligibility criteria:

For Chartership, you have to:

  • Possess a Washington Accord-Accredited qualification (Bachelor of Engineering Honours), or demonstrate equal knowledge.
  • Go through an assessment to demonstrate you satisfy the competence standard.
  • Have a commitment to the CPEng Code of Ethical Conduct.
  • Have reassessment at least every 6 years for the maintenance of your CPEng registration.

You are not required to be an Engineering New Zealand member to apply.

Assessment:

Before the submission of your application, the authority will ask you to submit your draft application for a member of the assessment team to check. This step is very important, as it provides you with feedback on ways you might improve your application, which will you help you attain a positive assessment.

After the submission of your application online, a panel of your peers will:

Evaluate your application against international competence standards

Fix a meeting with you

May ask you for further information

Receive feedback from your referees

Write a report having recommendations to the Competence Assessment Board (CAB).

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