The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is proposing to regulate engineers. Find out about the proposal and make your voice heard.

These proposals follow previous consultations in 2019 and 2014. This time, MBIE is proposing to establish a new regulator, overseen by an independent board that reports to a Minister of the Crown. MBIE is also proposing a two-tier system of regulation that includes:

  • registration of all engineers
  • a licensing regime to restrict practice in high-risk engineering disciplines.

Broadly, we think MBIE’s proposals would benefit the public and the profession. But we are aware the proposals could significantly affect engineers and firms, and we are keen to hear what this means for you.

Read the proposals on MBIE's website

What we're doing

We’ve used your previous feedback, including your feedback on the CPEng Review, to shape our draft submission to MBIE.

Read our draft submission

We want you to know that we are still working this through.

Our discussion sessions on 28 May, 2 June and 8 June were an opportunity for you to ask questions about the proposals and our thinking. We are pleased to make the presentation and a summary of the discussion sessions available to you.

View presentation

Read summary of discussion sessions

We are working with ACE New Zealand to better understand the compliance costs and business implications associated with the proposal.

We'll be finalising our submission to MBIE after Wednesday 9 June. By this time, we’ll have heard from members, technical groups, and others about our draft response. We will analyse this additional feedback to inform a detailed response to MBIE about our preferred option for an effective and efficient regulatory system.

MBIE’s consultation closes on Friday 25 June. We will share our final submission after this date.

Do you support MBIE's proposal? If so, make a submission

If you support MBIE’s proposals and Engineering New Zealand’s role in the future, respond to MBIE now.

You can use our template to make your submission – it will take no more than two minutes of your time.

Submit to MBIE


  • MBIE consultation open – Wednesday 13 May
  • Discussion sessions – 12–1pm Friday 28 May, 8–9am Wednesday 2 June, 12–1pm Tuesday 8 June
  • Feedback on our draft response – Wednesday 9 June
  • MBIE consultation closed – Friday 25 June

Get in touch

If you’d like to further discuss our response to MBIE’s proposals, email