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Registered Engineer - a thing of the past

Published: Wed 19 Nov 2003 12:11 AM
Registered Engineer - a thing of the past
The title “registered engineers” can no longer be used from 31 December 2003 says the Institute of Professional Engineers (IPENZ) Registrar, Jeff Wastney.
“We are reminding IPENZ members that the use of the title “registered engineer” on stationery or business cards will be illegal from 1 January 2004 as the 'Engineers Registration Act 1924' has been replaced by the Chartered Professional Engineers of New Zealand Act 2002.
“We are encouraging engineers to apply for registration as Chartered Professional Engineers (CPEng) to show they have been assessed as currently competent professional engineers,” he said.
Under the 1924 Act there was no requirement for engineers to demonstrate their retention of proficiency, however, the standards against which engineers will have their competence assessed now will be benchmarked to international best-practice in engineering.
“The public can be assured every engineer registered as a Chartered Professional Engineer has demonstrated recently to their peers in the profession that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform competently.
“Although the CPEng Register opened on January (2003) the 1924 Act remained in place for 12 months to allow engineers time to fulfill requirements for registration as CPEng. To date, there are over 600 CPEng registered engineers throughout New Zealand,” said Mr Wastney.

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