Registered Engineering Associate

Qualified, Registered, and Accountable Technology Professionals

What is a Registered Engineering Associate (REA)?

An REA is an experienced senior engineering technician / technologist who has been registered with an internationally recognised credential.

A Valuable Credential & EARB Engineering Occupations

The REA credential provides considerable value to the public, employers, the economy and the recipients.

REA Competency Assessment Programme (REAcap)

For REAs, the REAcap validation provides colleagues, peers, employers and clients with evidence of your technical and supervisory competence.

EA Act & Registration Board

The Engineering Associates Act was passed by the New Zealand Parliament in 1961 becoming effective from 1 April 1962.

How to Apply

Applications for registration as a Registered Engineering Associate must be in writing and on the prescribed forms – electronic applications are not accepted.

Eligibility Criteria

Section 11(1) of the Act specifies the criteria for registration

Application Process

Check out the information pack and application process

Check List

Make sure your application is complete


Check out REA fees and REAcap fees

List of REAs

Search List of Current Registered Engineering Associates

List last updated 24 March 2021

To obtain further Register information, please contact the Registrar,
email: or phone +64 4 472 3324

Search using

Name: Enter surname, followed by initials if desired (eg, Smith, or Woods R A)


2020 Annual Report by the Engineering Associates Registration Board

For the Period from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020

2019 Annual Report by the Engineering Associates Registration Board

For the Period from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019

2018 Annual Report by the Engineering Associates Registration Board

For the Period from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

2017 Annual Report by the Engineering Associates Registration Board

For the Period from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017

REA Promotional Brochure

REA is awarded under the Engineering Associates Act. The Act requires REAs to have demonstrated a superior standard of engineering competence in the branch of engineering in which they are experienced.
Registered Engineering Associates are highly valued within the engineering workforce. There are many thousands of REAs working in management and technical engineering supervisory roles within the New Zealand economy. Many of these technical engineers are involved in the export of products and services that are essential for the maintenance of New Zealand’s competitive advantage.


Registration Fees

Fee invoices were emailed using Xero on 1 April. Fees are due from this date. They remain the same as last year being $85 for REA and $145 for REAcap if paid before 1 July. A posted invoice has also been sent to those with no email, a bounced email or an out of date email. If you do not receive an invoice please contact the Registrar otherwise funds can be deposited into account 020585 0003513 000 - Engineering Associates Registration Board. Please insert your surname and initials or registration number in the reference field.

REA’s Annual Circular 2021

The annual circular has also been emailed. For those with no email etc it has been posted along with the fees invoice.

Board Meeting Date

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday 10 June 2021, however this date is subject to confirmation.

Registration applications, including all work histories and full payment must be received one month prior to the meeting to be considered

Useful Links

Technical Engineering Associations in New Zealand

Related Organisations

The EA Act 1961

Get in touch

  • Address

    The Registrar,
    Engineering Associates Registration Board
    PO Box 12-011
    Wellington 6144
    New Zealand
  • Email
  • Phone

    (04) 472 3324
  • Fax

    (04) 472 3323