You’re competent and committed. Take your career to the next level by registering as a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).
Become a Chartered Professional Engineer
A Chartered Professional Engineer is an experienced engineer who is registered through Engineering New Zealand, as the Registration Authority. Like our Chartered Member class, you need to complete an assessment to show you can deal with complex engineering problems that require specialist knowledge. The difference is, CPEng need to demonstrate New Zealand specific technical experience and be reassessed at least every 6 years. The CPEng assessment shows you meet an international standard, so traveling overseas to work is not a problem.
Registration and membership are two separate things. You can become both a Chartered Member of Engineering New Zealand and a Chartered Professional Engineer through the same assessment. Being an Engineering New Zealand member demonstrates your credibility and professionalism. It shows you're part of a broader professional community that advances technical knowledge, maintains standards and raises the bar. Most CPEng also choose to be members of Engineering New Zealand, so they can get access to member resources and be supported throughout their career.
The Government has signaled changes to the way engineering is regulated. This is likely to mean a new occupational licensing regime for engineers doing safety-critical work across all engineering disciplines. Going through the chartered assessment process should streamline any future licensing application. It makes sense to go through the assessment process now, even if you think you might need to be licensed in future.
Please see our assessment guidance for more useful documentation.
To become a Chartered Professional Engineer, you must:
- Have a Washington Accord-accredited qualification (Bachelor of Engineering, Honours) or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge.
- Complete an assessment to demonstrate you meet the competence standard.
- Commit to the CPEng Code of Ethical Conduct.
- Be reassessed at least every 6 years to maintain your CPEng registration.
You don’t need to be a member of Engineering New Zealand to apply.
Fees and Charges (excl GST)
First-time assessment $1,565.00 ($1,215.00 with mutual recognition)
Equivalent knowledge assessment $1,175.00 (if you don't have a Washington Accord qualification)
Annual fee $460.00
How to apply
You can apply to be a Chartered Professional Engineer through our member area online. Engineering New Zealand members will already have access. If you're not an Engineering New Zealand member, you can join. If you don't want to become and member, please contact us.
Your application needs to include:
- an engineering qualification or proof of equivalent knowledge
- work records
- learning records
- your practice field and a description of your practice area
- a self-review demonstrating your competence.
Before you formally submit your application, you will be asked to submit your draft application for a member of our assessment team to check. This is an important step that provides you with feedback on ways you could improve your application, so you're more likely to be successful.
After you’ve submitted your application online, a panel of your peers will:
- assess your application against international competence standards
- schedule a meeting with you
- potentially ask you for more information
- get feedback from your referees
- write a report with recommendations to the Chartered Professional Engineers Council (CPEC).
Engineering New Zealand is the Registration Authority under the Chartered Professional Engineers New Zealand Act 2002. This means we maintain the Register of Chartered Professional Engineers and manage applications and assessments.
Chartered Professional Engineers Council (CPEC)
The Chartered Professional Engineers Council is a statutory body established 1 July 2002 under the Chartered Professional Engineers Act 2002. The Council must be composed of at least 6, but no more than 8 members including:
- 3 people nominated by Engineering New Zealand
- 1 person nominated by the Association of Consulting Engineers of New Zealand
- 2-4 people nominated by the Minister
- a Council Chairman and a Deputy Chairman.
- reviews and approves any changes to the CPEng Rules relating to minimum standards for assessment and ethical conduct
- hears appeals from decisions of the Registration Authority on disciplinary matters including decisions not to renew the registration of a Chartered Professional Engineer
- reviews and reports to the Minister on the performance of the Registration Authority and The Chartered Professional Engineers Council (CPEC) in exercising their respective functions and powers under the Act.
The Chartered Professional Engineers Act 2002
This Act replaced the 1924 Engineers Registration Act and its purpose is to create a quality-mark, for engineers and place their names on a public register.
The CPEng Act lets purchasers of engineering services know who the profession sees as competent practitioners by allowing them use of the title Chartered Professional Engineer.
Chartered Professional Engineers can also become Design Verifiers by demonstrating design and design review competence in one or more of theese equipment categories:
- Pressure Equipment
- Passenger Ropeways.
Design Verifiers must hold current competence certificates issued by a Qualifications Issuing Agency, such as Engineering New Zealand.
To apply for Design Verifier Registration you’ll need to meet the required Chartered Professional Engineering standard in a practice area that includes one or more of the categories of design verification work.