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Becoming a Chartered Engineer: The process, the potential and the perks

​As specialist recruiters in the Engineering sector a common question we get asked is about becoming a Chartered Engineer. So in today’s blog, Hugh takes the time to share his insights into the what, how and most importantly the benefits of becoming a Chartered Engineer.

Becoming a chartered engineer shows that your knowledge meets internationally-benchmarked standards, and is among the best in the world. This is not only a point of difference in the New Zealand employment market but will hold you in good stead globally. It is often an important factor in securing the next level in your career and can be a prerequisite from employers and authorities in order to sign off on certain work. In essence, it gives the peace of mind that you are competent and one of the best engineers around.

All engineers are eligible to apply to become chartered with four different categories:

1. Professional

2. Technologist

3. Technician

4. Geologist

There are two ways to become Chartered as a professional engineer – through Engineering New Zealand membership as a Chartered Member (CMEngNZ) or through registration as a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng). The Chartered Member class provides a general quality mark of professionalism along with all the benefits of membership. CPEng registration provides a mark of current competence based on legislation. You can be both a Chartered Member and CPEng, or just one.

As specialist engineering recruiters our experience is that there is a significant shortage of Chartered Engineers in New Zealand, those who hold the accreditation have a real edge over the competition when it comes to securing their next role.

Employers place significant value on the accreditation and candidates who are Chartered have their pick of opportunities, can demand a premium when it comes to salaries and tend to experience broader career growth.

We have also seen the impact the accreditation makes in professional recognition and acknowledgement from industry peers and bodies, increased networking opportunities and allows for an uplift in recognition for your work and project experience with direct credit being able to be given.

If you are thinking about becoming a Chartered Engineer our advice would be to go for it. Pick up the phone and give Hugh a call to chat through how becoming Chartered could increase your earning potential.