We continue our work to update the CPEng system. Since our last update in September, the CPEng Project team, Assessment team and IT have been busy across all workstreams.

New assessment guidance will be published in the coming months. This will better support both applicants and assessors through the CPEng process. Also expect to see changes to our IT platform that will make the user experience easier.

Here's a high-level update on the workstreams.

Assessments and Reassessments

  • New guidance manuals by the end of year.
  • New operational procedures well underway for delivery next year.

Knowledge assessment

We've completed our end-to-end process review and from early 2023 three Knowledge Assessment pathways will be offered by Engineering New Zealand, with new guidance material provided for applicants and assessors:

  • Standard – for those seeking Washington Accord equivalency for CPEng applications
  • Fast-track – for those requiring Washington Accord equivalency under tighter timeframes for immigration
  • Abbreviated – for those with a postgraduate qualification from an institution that offers Washington Accord accredited undergraduate programmes; or for those with a second cycle degree (namely a two-year Master’s or three-year Bachelor’s programme) from a recognised European institution.


As well as the work above, we're continuing work on:

  • improved project communication
  • updating the Engineering New Zealand website so all CPEng material is in one place and is updated
  • strengthening industry disclosure processes – currently being trialled with select building consent authorities in the South Island
  • ensuring the financial viability of the CPEng process and updating lead assessor payment processes
  • initiating the Bodies of Knowledge and Skills workstream (early 2023) to strengthen standards and support the profession to transition to new licensing classes.

Further information

If you'd like further information on the CPEng Project, email us