New Membership Structure

We’re in the process of improving our membership structure to create a simpler and stronger pathway for all types of engineers. The new structure aligns with our strategic direction to achieve greater connection, credibility, influence and recognition for engineers in New Zealand. It also addresses issues with our current membership structure around choice and lack of progression.

This means that a broader range of engineering professionals will find a home at IPENZ:

  • Wider range of disciplines
  • Technicians and technologists
  • Those outside the traditional CPEng pathway
  • Academics
  • Engineering leaders and managers
  • More women
  • Cultural diversity

We shared the proposed structure at our President’s Roadshow in July to a lot of positive feedback. We’re aiming to have the new membership pathway in place by October 2017.

What’s changing?

Our goal is to create a more attractive an inclusive membership offering that recognises experience and status throughout your engineering career. This will both raise the bar for our profession and increase public trust and confidence.

While initially we were planning to change the title of “graduate member” to “member” and just add a new “chartered member” class, the feedback we have received has shown a lot of support for keeping a graduate class. We are proposing to include a graduate type class (proposed to be called “emerging professional”) that has a development programme as part of it, so those new to the profession can develop their skills and then move to the “member” class. We’re also still planning to add a “chartered member” class which will meet an international standard of competence and professionalism. It’ll also provide progression for members when CPEng and the proposed new Government licensing regime is not relevant.

We want to make sure you keep your existing status and level or equivalent as the changes roll out. Protecting the value and status of CPEng and your global mobility is vital, while the Government finalises its licensing regime.

Interim Membership Model-Oct2016-V2-web

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What’s the process?

We’ve established a working group of Fellows and senior engineers, as well as academics and those newer to the profession, to make sure we hear all voices. We need their help to discuss, debate and work through critical issues. They’ll help generate ideas, which will go to a steering committee who’ll then make a final recommendation to the Board.

We’ll keep you posted as the project progresses. To get in touch with us about these changes, please email