Dated at Wellington this 31st day of October 2002.
The Common Seal of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand Incorporated was affixed in the presence of:
Dr John Webster, President.
Dr Andrew Cleland, Chief Executive.
This note is not part of the rules, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These rules, which come into force on 1 January 2003, provide for (or will provide for)—
•how the title of
“chartered professional engineer” should be used:
•matters relating to the registration of chartered professional engineers:
•a code of ethical conduct for chartered professional engineers (yet to be included in the rules):
•a complaints and disciplinary process for chartered professional engineers:
•various other matters relating to the Registration Authority's functions, for example, appointments of persons to carry out functions under the rules and the rule-making procedure.
These rules do not yet contain the minimum standard for registration, minimum standard for continued registration, minimum frequency at which assessments of continued registration must be carried out, or the code of minimum standards of ethical conduct. These minimum standards must be approved by the Chartered Professional Engineers Council under section 41 of the Chartered Professional Engineers of New Zealand Act 2002 (the Act), and will be included in these rules following that approval.
Part 1 provides for the use of the title of
“chartered professional engineer”. Under the Act, only chartered professional engineers (and persons with overseas qualifications or titles if doing so in accordance with the rules) may use that title. This Part provides that—
•the preferred form of the title is
“chartered professional engineer” or the abbreviation
•persons may use overseas qualifications or titles that contain the words
“chartered professional engineer” if they also state the jurisdiction of the overseas awarding agency in brackets afterwards, for example,
“chartered engineer (UK)”.
Part 2 provides for matters relating to the registration of chartered professional engineers, including—
•the initial registration of chartered professional engineers under section 8 of the Act, including—
•the minimum standard for registration as a chartered professional engineer (yet to be included in the rules):
•how to apply for registration and how assessments of applications are carried out and their charges:
•annual registration certificates issued under section 9 of the Act, and the application requirements, process, and charges for certificates:
•the assessment of continued registration of chartered professional engineers under section 11 of the Act, including—
•the minimum standard for continued registration as a chartered professional engineer (yet to be included in the rules):
•the minimum frequency of assessments (yet to be included in the rules):
•how assessments are carried out and their charges:
•an ability for persons to obtain an internal review of the procedures used in assessing initial registration or continued registration:
•process requirements that apply if the Registration Authority suspends, removes, or places a registration in abeyance under the Act for a failure to hold a current registration certificate, to pay registration charges, or to pay fines or costs for disciplinary matters:
•how a person may voluntarily require his or her registration to be placed into abeyance and the permitted periods of abeyance:
•the additional matters to be shown in the register, the form of the register, and requirements for amendments to the register.
Rights of appeal for decisions on registration are contained in section 35 of the Act.
Part 3 will contain the code of ethical conduct that applies to all chartered professional engineers. Under the Act, a breach of the code is a ground for disciplining a chartered professional engineer.
Part 4 contains the disciplinary process for chartered professional engineers. The grounds for disciplining chartered professional engineers and the possible disciplinary orders are contained in sections 21 and 22 of the Act. Rights of appeal are contained in section 35 of the Act. This Part includes—
•how to complain about a chartered professional engineer and when the Registration Authority may inquire into something on its own:
•requirements for an initial investigation of each complaint to determine whether it should proceed, and the grounds for not proceeding at this stage:
•if the complaint proceeds, requirements for an investigating committee to investigate and decide on whether the complaint should be referred to a full disciplinary committee. The investigating committee may explore alternative dispute resolution processes as part of this investigation:
•requirements for the disciplinary committee to hear each complaint referred to it and the way in which it must do so.
Part 5 provides for the appointment and some general procedures of the various persons that carry out functions under the rules, and to whom the Registration Authority will delegate these responsibilities.
Part 6 contains the requirements for making, amending, and revoking rules.