Taking the next step towards professional recognition, either through Registration or Competence-based Membership, can help you advance your career.

Becoming registered  improves your professional standing as an engineer and comes with the following benefits:

  • Establishes credibility through the use of registration title and post-nominals 
  • Provides peer validation
  • Demonstrates your commitment to continuous improvement and excellence in our industry
  • Instils public confidence in your competence
  • Opens doors to work restricted by regulation
  • Speeds up career advancement and increases your earning potential
  • Improves your marketability and job prospects in New Zealand and overseas.


We look after four national Registers:

Chartered Professional Engineers and registered Engineering Technologists have access to equivalent international Registers, which are assessed against the same standards. You must meet some additional requirements to successfully register for these. Chartered Professional Engineers can also become Design Verifiers (for pressure equipment, cranes and passenger ropeways).

How the Registers differ

If you’re interested in applying for one of our Registers, you’ll need to know how they differ. The following table gives a quick breakdown of the skills and qualifications needed for each.

Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and/or Professional Membership (MIPENZ)
Engineering knowledge You'll have a Washington Accord-accredited qualification (a four-year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)) or equivalent knowledge. 

Engineering practice

You'll need to show you can deal with complex engineering problems and activities, requiring the application of specialist engineering knowledge and work from first principles.
Engineering Technology Practitioner (ETPract) and/or Technical Membership (TIPENZ)
Engineering knowledge  You'll have a Sydney Accord-accredited qualification (a three-year Bachelor of Engineering Technology) or equivalent knowledge.
Engineering practice

You'll need to show you can deal with broadly-defined engineering problems and activities requiring knowledge of principles and applied procedures.

Certified Engineering Technician (CertETn) and/or Associate Membership (AIPENZ)
Engineering knowledge You'll have a Dublin Accord-accredited qualification (a two-year New Zealand Diploma in Engineering) or equivalent knowledge.

Engineering practice

You'll need to show you can deal with well-defined engineering problems and activities requiring knowledge and use of established analytical techniques and procedures.
Professional Engineering Geologist (PEngGeol)
Engineering knowledge You'll have a geology degree at honours level or a postgraduate qualification in engineering geology or equivalent knowledge.

Engineering practice

You'll need to show you can manage complex engineering geological problems and activities requiring in-depth engineering geological knowledge.

How the Registration process works

Initial Registration

You’ll need to demonstrate a minimum standard of competence within your practice area to become registered. This means providing evidence to support your application that includes the following:

  • An engineering qualification or equivalent knowledge
  • Work records
  • Learning records
  • Referees
  • Your practice field and a description of your practice area
  • A self-review demonstrating your competence against 12 assessment criteria.

Submit your application online

You’ll need to build and then submit your application in My IPENZ. Follow the guidelines we’ve provided for each section to make sure your submission is successful.

IPENZ Members already have access to My IPENZ. If you’re not already a Member, apply to become one or ask for temporary access.

Need some help? Download our assessment guidance info sheets  or email our help desk.  

Get assessed by your peers against international standards

A panel of your peers will assess your application and schedule a meeting with you to discuss your submission. They may ask you to complete a written task or submit extra information. The panel then writes a report with recommendations to the Competency Assessment Board, which makes the final decision about your registration.

Our membership of a series of multilateral international agreements means you’ll be assessed against an internationally benchmarked and recognised competence standard.

Knowledge Assessment

If your engineering qualification isn’t recognised under the relevant multilateral agreement, we’ll need to see evidence and application of equivalent engineering knowledge. Contact us to find out if you need to take a Knowledge Assessment. 

Continued Registration

To maintain your Registration you need to be reassessed at least once every six years.  
In your assessment for Continued Registration, you’ll need to show you have taken the necessary steps to keep your engineering knowledge up-to-date and you are still able to practice competently.

Code of Ethics

When you submit your application you agree to be bound by the relevant Code of Ethics:

When you compile your submission you’ll need to demonstrate you understand and act in accordance with the relevant Code of Ethics.

Fees and Charges

There is a one-time charge for assessments for Initial Registration and Knowledge Assessments. The cost of assessment for Continued Registration is included in the annual registration fee.

See the latest price list.