Engineering New Zealand takes ethics and professionalism very seriously. We hold our engineers accountable for their work on behalf of the New Zealand public. Our ethics are based on professional competence, personal integrity and social responsibility. Members of Engineering New Zealand are subject to the Code and commit to it each year.

Our Code of Ethical Conduct outlines Engineering New Zealand’s 8 core values and the standards to which the engineering profession is held:


  1. Take reasonable steps to safeguard health and safety
  2. Have regard to effects on environment
  3. Report adverse consequences
  4. Act competently
  5. Behave appropriately
  6. Inform others of consequences of not following advice
  7. Maintain confidentiality
  8. Report breach of Code
Members of Engineering New Zealand are subject to the Code and commit to it each year. Engineers who are registered as Chartered Professional Engineers are also subject to a separate but identical Code. The Code does not apply to engineers who are not members of Engineering New Zealand or Chartered Professional Engineers.


We have a practice note to help guide you through the 8 principles of the Code of Ethical Conduct. Read it to understand why ethics is at the core of engineering practice and how ethical practice is vital to your reputation.

Engineers and Ethical Obligations Practice Note   |  417.8 KB

Code of Ethical Conduct   |  521.7 KB