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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

  • What's Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) for?
    Professional recognition CPEng status is a mark of quality and assurance that the engineer meets rigorous standards set by Engineering New Zealand. It is a respected credential both within New Zealand and internationally. Regulatory compliance In New Zealand, some engineering roles and projects, especially those involving public safety, require a CPEng for signing off on work. This is crucial in areas like civil, structural, and mechanical engineering. Career advancement Holding a CPEng can enhance career opportunities and progression. It demonstrates a commitment to maintaining professional standards and continuous professional development. International mobility CPEng is recognised under various international agreements, such as the Washington Accord. This facilitates easier professional mobility and recognition in other countries that are part of these agreements. Public and client assurance It provides assurance to clients, employers, and the public that the engineer is competent and adheres to high ethical standards, ensuring that engineering work is conducted safely, efficiently, and to a high standard. Ethical and professional standards CPEng holders are required to adhere to a code of ethical conduct and commit to ongoing professional development, ensuring their skills and knowledge remain current. Overall, a CPEng in New Zealand is a credential that signifies trust, expertise, and professionalism in the field of engineering.
  • Do I need CPEng to sign off on Producer Statements?
    In New Zealand, the requirement for Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) status to sign off on producer statements depends on the type of producer statement and the specific requirements of the local authority or regulatory body overseeing the project.
  • How much does it cost?
    If applying for the first time, the assessment fee is $1,721.50 + GST. If applying via mutual recognition, the fee is $1,336.50 + GST. After the initial assessment fee, the annual fee to maintain your CPEng registration is $506.00 + GST. This annual fee covers the cost of your reassessments.
  • I don't have New Zealand engineering experience. Can I still apply for CPEng NZ?
    If you're applying for the first time, we normally recommend submitting a minimum of four to six work samples, out of which two should be samples of your work in New Zealand. We strongly advise having at least one or two New Zealand projects to cite in your CPEng NZ assessment, particularly in the field of structural engineering. Nevertheless, it is possible to apply for CPEng NZ registration even if you lack work experience in New Zealand. If you have no New Zealand work experience, you'll be required to demonstrate how two of those records your aligns with the engineering practices in New Zealand.
  • What's the difference between CPEng NZ and Chartered Membership?
    CPEng NZ registration and Chartered Member of Engineering New Zealand (CMEngNZ) are separate from each other, but are both assessed to the same internationally recognised standard. CPEng NZ demonstrates current New Zealand specific competence, and requires a reassessment at least once every six years. You may need this if you are signing off Producer statements. CMEngNZ is assessed once, with annual commitment to ongoing professional development and ethics. As a Chartered Member, you'll gain access to our membership benefits, and you can apply for CPEng registration via our shorter Mutual Recognition pathway. Read more about Chartered Membership here.
  • What are practice fields and practice areas used for?
    Practice Field = The applicant chooses from 20+ options. Applicants would usually have up to two, or three in rare instances. You can learn more about it here: link to engineering practice fields Examples of Practice fields are: ________ Practice Area Description (PAD) = This is where, in 15-20 words, you'll describe the area you have engineering knowledge and skills in. Focus on your core current practice area’. practice area means an engineer’s area of practice, as determined by— the area within which he or she has engineering knowledge and skills; and the nature of his or her professional engineering activities. Note that your PAD is not meant to limit your scope of work. We use this to find assessor/s for your next assessment. This information is not displayed to the public. See page 11 of our Assessment guidance
  • Who is on the CPEng register?
    You can see the public database of our members and engineers who whole CPEng registration. Find an engineer
  • Who can be CPEng referees?
    Both referees need to be current CPEng or equivalent. Your referee must be familiar with your technical and professional capabilities and be able to confidently provide a reference. They should also be competent in the practice area for which you applying and familiar with your technical skills. Finding referees can be challenging for people in small companies. We recommend you consider your referees well before applying for CPEng reassessment, and ensure these people have sufficient familiarity with your work. We encourage you to develop your professional network by actively engaging with the local Engineering New Zealand branch and/or relevant technical interest groups.
  • What happens if I cancel my CPEng registration
    If you cancel your registration, you will not be able to sign off on producer statements, or use the CPEng NZ post nominal. You will also be removed from our public CPEng register online. If you decide to reinstate your CPEng registration and your previous term is still current, we should be able to reinstate this once any outstanding fees are paid. If your previous term has expired and you are a Chartered Member you should be eligible to undergo a Mutual Recognition assessment to regain CPEng. If your previous term has expired and you are not a Chartered Member then you will need to undergo a full first time assessment to get back on the register Contact us if you wish to cancel your CPEng registration.
  • Can I place my CPEng registration on hold?
    If you’re a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) you can put your registration on hold. You’ll pay a reduced fee and keep your access to our online system. You can take a break at any time during your career, except the year you’re due for reassessment. Put your registration on hold
  • I was registered CPEng NZ before. How do I reinstate this?
    If you cancel your registration, you will not be able to sign off on producer statements, or use the CPEng NZ post nominal. You will also be removed from our public CPEng register online. If you decide to reinstate your CPEng registration and your previous term is still current, we should be able to reinstate this once any outstanding fees are paid. If your previous term has expired and you are a Chartered Member you should be eligible to undergo a Mutual Recognition assessment to regain CPEng. If your previous term has expired and you are not a Chartered Member then you will need to undergo a full first time assessment to get back on the register Contact us if you wish to cancel your CPEng registration.
  • Can I use my CPEng registration overseas?
    CPEng NZ registration is recognised by many international jurisdictions. Find out more about working overseas
  • My CPEng application was declined. What are my options?
    You will be given the opportunity to respond to the proposed decision. Applicants are welcome to apply again in future, once the shortfalls identified have been addressed.
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