The 12 Elements of the Competence Standard

As part of the assessment of overall competence for independent practice, engineers are assessed on their ability to:

  1. Comprehend and apply knowledge of accepted principles underpinning widely applied good practice for complex, broadly-defined or well-defined engineering
  2. Comprehend and apply knowledge of accepted principles underpinning good practice for complex, broadly-defined or well-defined engineering that is specific to the jurisdiction in which he or she practises*
  3. Define, investigate and analyse complex, broadly-defined or well-defined engineering problems in accordance with good engineering practice
  4. Design or develop solutions for complex, broadly-defined or well-defined engineering problems in accordance with good practice
  5. Be responsible for making decisions on part or all of one or more complex, broadly-defined or well-defined engineering activities
  6. Manage part or all of one or more complex, broadly-defined or well-defined engineering activities in accordance with good engineering management practice
  7. Identify, assess and manage engineering risk
  8. Conduct engineering activities to an ethical standard at least equivalent to the register or Membership code of ethical conduct
  9. Recognise the reasonably foreseeable social, cultural and environmental effects of engineering activities generally
  10. Communicate clearly with engineers and others that he or she is likely to deal with in the course of his or her engineering activities
  11. Maintain the currency of his or her engineering knowledge and skill
  12. Exercise sound professional engineering judgement.

For each ​Register the competence standard has been adjusted slightly to reflect the level of engineering knowledge and practice required. 

The competency standard for Professional Engineering Geologists focuses on engineering geology practice and analysing engineering geological problems to inform engineering solutions.

*The CPEng ​Registration standard says engineers need to be able to comprehend and apply the accepted principles underpinning good practice for professional engineers specific to New Zealand.