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 or for REAcap validation 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

REAcap Validation

REAcap Information Guidelines and Validation Application Form

List of REAs

Search List of Current Registered Engineering Associates

List last updated 19 March 2024
The List of REAs is updated at approximately 3 monthly intervals. Those initially registered or restored to the register after the date shown will not appear on the list until the next update.
The results list shows current REAs.
An REA who also holds REAcap is listed with a REAcap number and an expiry date.

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)


2022 Annual Report by the Engineering Associates Registration Board

For the Period from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022

2021 Annual Report by the Engineering Associates Registration Board

For the Period from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

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

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.


Board Meeting Date

The next Board meeting date is Thursday 20 June 2024.
Registration Applications, including all work history confirmations and full payment of the application fee must be received before 20 May 2024 to be considered.
Board meetings are held at approximately 3 month intervals.

Occupational Regulation for Engineers

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment published Cabinet’s decisions on the proposed occupational regulatory regime for engineers on 31 March 2022. The Cabinet paper contains several references to REAs. A summary report, links to the Cabinet paper, MBIE’s announcement and further information on the Engineering NZ website are available here.

International Qualifications

The NZ Qualifications Authority process for the recognition of international qualifications is listed in the Other Links section.

Workforce Development Councils

Ohu Ahumahi Workforce Development Councils were established in 2022. They work with the 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics and 9 Industry Training Organisations that constitute Te Pukenga NZ Institute of Skills and Technology. WDCs cover a broad number of sectors and industries. Several WDCs cover engineering with the principals being Hanga-Aro-Rau Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics WDC, Waihanga Ara Rau Construction & Infrastructure WDC and Toi Mai which is the WDC covering the creative, recreation and technology sectors. Refer “Useful Links” section.

REA Registration

The REA Information & Guidelines for Applicants pack has been revised and updated. It includes a sample of the new writable PDF application form. The application form (EARB Form 1) and work history form (EARB Form 1B) are available on the How to Apply page.

Acceptable Qualifications Under Clause (b)

A list of academic qualifications accepted by the Board under Section 11(1)(b) of the Engineering Associates Act 1961 is now available on the How to Apply – Application Process page.

Useful Links

Associations Recognised Under the EA Act 1961

Other Links

  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Building Performance
  • ASTTBC (Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia)
  • Vocational Engineering Education NZ, the controlling authority for the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering and the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practice

The EA Act 1961

NZ Qualifications Authority

Engineering New Zealand

Workforce Development Councils

Get in touch

  • Address

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

    (04) 472 3324