ADVOCATING FOR BETTER
In March 2022, the Government confirmed its intention to proceed with proposals for stronger regulation of our profession. All practicing engineers would need to be registered. Those working in fields posing a higher risk to life, health, property, economic interests, public welfare or the environment would also need a licence.
We support these proposals. Members have called for stronger regulation and this call has been received by the main political parties.
In the short term, our CPEng Review will strengthen processes to build greater trust and confidence in the CPEng system and Chartered Professional Engineers.
Currently, CPEng offers New Zealand’s only protected title for engineers and is a recognised quality mark, particularly by the building system.
Our Sector Programmes initiative continues to provide high-quality technical expertise to Government. New geotechnical modules by the New Zealand Geotechnical Society now form part of regulatory guidance for the Building Code. Waka Kotahi has approached us to help design and develop training material for Manufacturing Certifiers and Heavy Vehicle Specialist Certifiers, and MBIE has commissioned a project to develop an accreditation scheme for Recognised Engineers in dam safety
Senior seismic experts also provided input on the inter-agency National Seismic Hazard Model – while there are no changes to regulation at this stage, we encourage engineers to read our interim advice and think about what the new data might mean for future designs.