Membership classes

For engineers


An engineering or engineering geology student.


  • Studying an accredited engineering or geology programme.
  • Undergraduate of full-time post-graduate.

Emerging Professional

A recent graduate embarking on their professional career.


  • Completed accredited programme or has equivalent knowledge.
  • Less than five years’ work experience.
  • Commits to ethics and CPD.

The Emerging Professional class will be supported by an Emerging Professionals Development Programme – a two-to-three year programme designed to help them successfully transition to work and build the skills they need to be outstanding engineering professionals. The programme will work alongside any Professional Development Partner (PDP) programme, and will provide a framework for those not employed by a PDP or outside of traditional engineering fields.

Emerging Professionals who choose to take part in a development programme will be able to advance to the Member class faster. If they do not complete a programme, they will only advance to the Member class after five years of working.


An engineering professional committed to high ethical standards and a broad level of professionalism.


  • Completed accredited programme or has equivalent knowledge.
  • Has five years’ work experience of has completed Emerging Professional Development Programme.
  • Commits to ethics and CPD.

Chartered member

A recognised engineering professional who has demonstrated engineering competence to an internationally benchmarked standard.


  • Meets all Member requirements.
  • Completed assessment to an internationally benchmarked standard or has mutual recognition of international equivalence.
  • Eligible for CPEng subject to New Zealand specific practice and current competence. (Registration and membership are two separate things. You can be both a Chartered Member of IPENZ and a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng))

Categories of Chartered Member will cater for engineering technologists, engineering technicians and engineering geologists, better recognising these groups of engineering professionals.


The assessment for Chartered Members will protect standing against international accords and will retain members’ global mobility. In carrying out the assessment, it is likely that we will:

  • Take a more holistic approach to assessing an engineer’s competence in the work that they do.
  • Place more emphasis on ensuring that engineers understand the bounds of their competence and ethical obligations to work within those.
  • Place less emphasis on current work to demonstrate fundamental, underpinning knowledge.
  • Place less emphasis on New Zealand-specific practice (for those engineers working outside New Zealand).

Specific guidance will be provided for members in roles, such as academics and senior managers, which do not clearly align with the current assessment requirements.


A members and leader recognised by their peers for their significant contribution to engineering


  • Nominated by peers and appointed by the Board on recommendation from the Fellowship Panel.

Distinguished Fellow

A Fellow who is distinguished by their eminent contribution to engineering and its advancement


  • Nominated by peers and appointed by the Board on recommendation from the Distinguished Fellowships Panel.

For non-engineers


A person working in an engineering related field who wants to keep up with engineering news.


  • Isn’t eligible for other membership classes.

Honorary Fellow

An exceptional business or community leader committed to supporting and advancing the field of engineering.


  • Bestowed at the Board’s discretion.

Ethics and ongoing professional development

We want to mark our members out as being the best in the profession. That’s why we’re introducing an annual commitment to the IPENZ Code of Ethical Conduct and ongoing professional development for all members, apart from students and non-engineer classes, while they are still practicing (ie not retired). We also want to raise the standard of engineering across the board, and believe staying current through continuing professional development (CPD) is the key. There’s a wide range of activities that count as CPD – from reading and online learning to attending formal courses and on the job training.

We’ll be introducing this over a two-year transition period, with our focus in the first years on educating and supporting members to achieve this. Only Chartered Members will be subject to reviews of their CPD practice at first.

Retired or on a career break?

Retired members do not have to complete CPD if they are no longer practicing, but must use the qualifier (Ret.) after their post nominals if they want to continue using them. Retired members must still follow the IPENZ Code of Ethical Conduct. Members on a career break are not required to do any particular amount of professional development, but are expected to stay up-to-date and make a plan for returning to work. 

ETPract, CertETn and PEngGeol registers

Three of the other registers we look after will be disestablished – Engineering Technologist (ETPract), Certified Engineering Technician (CertETn) and Professional Engineering Geologist (PEngGeol). People on these registers will have the opportunity to be Chartered Members, and will be better supported by this recognised quality mark