Decisions of Engineering NZ (formerly IPENZ) as the Registration Authority under the CPEng Act can be appealed to the Chartered Professional Engineers Council (CPEC)

The types of decision that might be appealed include:

    • a decision made about a complaint laid against a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) where the client, the employer or a member of the public is not happy with the outcome or the disciplinary action taken as a result of the complaint
    • a decision not to register someone who has applied to become a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) because competence has not been demonstrated
    • a decision not to re-register a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) because competence has not been maintained

Consumers, Employers and Members of the Public

In the case of dissatisfaction with the performance of a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) the complaint must first be laid with the Registration Authority (Engineering New Zealand) as they are the body that registers Chartered Professional Engineers (CPEng). The procedure for filing a complaint is outlined on the Registration Authority's website.

[Click here to see the complaint procedure on the Registration Authority website]

If you do not accept the outcome of the investigation of your complaint by the Registration Authority (Engineering New Zealand) you can appeal the decision by lodging an appeal with the Chartered Professional Engineers Council (CPEC), as the body that reviews the work of Engineering New Zealand.

Appeals must be lodged within twenty-eight (28) days of notification of the outcome of your complaint.

The contact address for the CPEng Council is:

Chartered Professional Engineers Council
c/- Level 4, 32 The Terrace
[PO Box 3058]

Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Attn: Lisa Kinghorn

Fax: +64 4 473 7991
Email: [Contact Us]


The Chartered Professional Engineer Rules allow engineers who were unsuccessful in their application for initial or continued CPEng registration to apply to the Registration Authority for a reconsideration. The only grounds for requesting a reconsideration are that the process of assessment did not comply with the procedures required by the CPEng Act or Rules. If an engineer is not happy with the Registration Authority's decision, an appeal can be made to Council.

Any appeal to the Council should only be made after this avenue has been fully explored.

The Registration Authority procedures for investigating and hearing complaints also have the opportunity for final submissions, and this avenue should be used prior to lodging any appeal.

Appeals must be lodged within twenty-eight (28) days of notification of the decision being appealed.

Council has developed a set of 'Appeal Practice Notes' for those contemplating lodging an appeal over a Registration Authority decision;  these can be viewed here