During May–June 2021, we asked for your input into the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's (MBIE) proposals on occupational regulation for engineers.

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 wanted to hear what this meant for you.

Read the proposals on MBIE's website

Our consulation process

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

Read our draft submission   |  501.2 KB

Read our final submission   |  524.5 KB

We held discussion sessions on 28 May, 2 June and 8 June as an opportunity for you to ask questions about the proposals and our thinking.

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Read summary of discussion sessions

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

We finalised our submission to MBIE after Wednesday 9 June. By this time, we had heard from members, technical groups, and others about our draft response. We analysed this additional feedback to inform a detailed response to MBIE about our preferred option for an effective and efficient regulatory system.

MBIE’s consultation closed on Friday 25 June.