Competence-based Membership

Competence-based Membership provides the tools, support and professional recognition to help you achieve your career goals.

Why become a competence-based Member?

Demonstrate your commitment to professionalism

Displaying your IPENZ post-nominal on your business cards and email signatures assures clients you’re committed to ethical practice and professional standards.

Improve your engineering knowledge

Deepen your technical expertise, build interpersonal skills or learn about management at one of our professional development courses, conferences or events. 

Keep up to date

Stay current with information about ethics, standards and best practice. Subscribe to our full range of publications.

Expand your professional network

Meet like-minded engineers and professionals at regional Branches, events, special interest groups and committee meetings.

Make a difference

Use your technical skills and expertise to inspire others to become engineers. Help us with industry standards, public policy and engineering practice. Take up a position on a committee or board.

Who can join?

Membership recognises your competence for engineering practice as a Professional Member (MIPENZ), Technical Member (TIPENZ) or Associate Member (AIPENZ).

Typically, you'll have four to six years’ experience in the industry after graduation. You’ll need to demonstrate your competence for independent practice against the appropriate competence standard for your area of expertise.  If you don’t have a relevant accredited qualification, you’ll first need to take a knowledge assessment.

If you’ve been practising overseas and have already had a competence assessment from a signatory of the Washington, Sydney or Dublin Accords, you may be eligible for Membership without being reassessed.

When applying for Membership for the first time, why not apply for Registration as well? We operate a single assessment process for competence-based Membership and Registration applications.

How to apply

Apply for Competence-based Membership in My IPENZ. If you're already an IPENZ Member, you already have access.

If you’re not a Member, apply to become a Graduate Member and start your pathway to competence assessment and registration, or apply for temporary access to My IPENZ for a limited time.  To apply for temporary access you need to be resident in New Zealand.