Am I eligible? If you are already a Member, have a recognised engineering qualification, are working in an engineering role and complete an assessment, you qualify for this membership.

Membership Perks

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International recognition

Engineers are part of a global village. Mutual recognition of engineering qualifications can help make it more straightforward to find work overseas – or having your skills recognised here in New Zealand. Because if your engineering qualification is recognised against internationally-benchmarked standards, you can be assured your knowledge is among the best in the world.

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Grow your network

Being part of Engineering New Zealand gives you access to forums and other events where you can build a strong community of like-minded professionals. Make the most of your Chartered Membership by attending courses and events, no matter where you are in New Zealand.

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Expert in the field

We look to our Chartered Members to review policies and provide their expertise and opinions on important engineering issues. You can really make a difference through contributing your time and knowledge.

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Establish your credibility

The industry needs more experts like you. With your membership post nominal, you’ll establish yourself as a leader. You open yourself up to new career opportunities when you’re known in the industry.

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Grow the profession
A new generation of engineers need your help to grow. Through mentoring, you’ll be able to change the face of the industry by nurturing young and passionate professionals. This is your chance to give back to the profession.

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Upskill through CPD
You may be experienced, but there’s always room to grow. As a Chartered Member, you can attend Engineering New Zealand courses and events at a discounted rate. You can also track your learning in our online system, so it's all kept in one handy place – even if you move jobs.

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  • Already an Engineering New Zealand Member
  • Commits to the Engineering New Zealand Code of Ethical Conduct and continuing professional development
  • Completed assessment to an internationally benchmarked standard, or has mutual recognition of international equivalence


  • Meets Engineering New Zealand’s continuing professional development policy obligations
  • Periodic review of professional development activity


Assessment for Chartered Membership is internationally benchmarked, improving your global mobility. The assessment measures your capability against 12 criteria, which are broken down into four parts:

  • Engineering knowledge
  • Managing engineering work
  • Professional acumen
  • Developing technical solutions

How does this compare to Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng)?

Chartered Members belong to Engineering New Zealand and get all the perks of being part of our community. CPEng is different from membership and is a registration under the CPEng Act 2002. 

CPEng is only open to professional engineers, who must demonstrate an ability to deal with complex engineering problems and activities. Chartered Membership is also available to professional engineers, but additional categories provide recognition for engineering technologists, engineering technicians and engineering geologists.

Both require a similar assessment. The competence standard for both are effectively the same, but CPEng registration requires evidence of New Zealand-specific good practice and reassessment at least every 6 years. This makes Chartered Membership more accessible for engineers practising overseas, and provides direct entry for engineers who have been assessed in an equivalent overseas jurisdiction, eg CEng (UK) or CPEng (Australia). Chartered Membership isn't reassessed because you'll be doing ongoing professional development to stay current. 

Both CPEng and Chartered Membership are underpinned by the same Code of Ethical Conduct and a fair, robust and proportionate complaints and disciplinary process.

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First-time assessment $1,565.00

Equivalent knowledge assessment $1,175.00 (if you don't have a Washington Accord qualification)

Annual fee $525.00

If you join partway through our financial year (1 October – 30 September), we pro-rate the annual fee on a monthly basis. When your membership comes up for renewal on 1 October, we send an invoice for the new financial year.

If you're overseas, on a career break, or retired, you can apply for a discounted rate on your annual fee.

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Chartered Member (Engineering Geologist) – CMEngNZ (PEngGeol)


If you're already an Engineering New Zealand Member, you can transfer to the Chartered Member class by successfully completing an assessment of your competence.

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Become a Chartered Member

Chartered Membership is a demonstration of your engineering expertise, commitment and ethical standards. It meets an international standard of competence and professionalism.

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