Do you think it’s time for CPEng to better serve the profession and the public?

We all want a regulatory system that keeps New Zealanders as safe as possible. A system that engineers and the public can trust. But high-profile failures have undermined public trust and confidence. The current regime doesn’t provide enough assurance that engineers are working within their competence.

There’s been a lot of talk about change over the past 10 years. Rather than wait any longer for regulatory change, we want to improve what’s under our control now. There are multiple risks in the systems engineers work in – fixing CPEng won't resolve every problem or risk, but we need to do what we can.

Our proposals include raising the standard of CPEng by making changes to the assessment and reassessment processes.

They also include introducing classes of CPEng that set clear competence requirements for specific disciplines and have their own postnominal; for example, CPEng (Structural) or CPEng (Fire). This would set a higher bar, developed in conjunction with technical groups.

And we’re proposing changes to the complaints and appeals process that will make them more efficient and proportionate.

At the same time, we want to make the general CPEng a respected quality mark that engineers of all disciplines strive for, with space for every professional engineer.

Read more about the proposal and why CPEng needs to change

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How can I give feedback?

This is a draft proposal and we need your feedback. Please provide it by 20 January 2021.

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