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DECISIONS GIVEN r STATEMENT BY MINISTER "The decision of the Engineers' a Registration Board has now been l " given in the cases of the majority of applicants except civil servants," '" says the Minister of Works, Mr. i '. Semple, in a statement on the Ens gineers' Registration Act, passed 3 during the last session of Parliai ment. "The original 1942 Act provided for ; •. registration, by examination qualifie cations and also by virtue of six t years' practice in engineering, pro- ■ il vided application was lodged before ; i April 1, 1926," adds the Minister. i "Many engineers were registered i under the second alternative during the first year of operation of the Act and in April, of this year 30 per - cent of all the registered practising ,'. engineers in the Dominion were still q registered by this -means. Opportuns ity for registration without examine ation was given by a recent amendt ment. "The 1924 Act did not provide any \ real advantages for the registered 3 engineer," continues Mr. Semple. "In . 1944, the Government, realising that '' it was most essential to provide foe ? fully-qualified engineers to supervise i the expenditure of public moneys, • introduced a Bill requiring local , authorities expending over £10,000 1 per annum on engineering works to have the work supervised by registered engineers. i Better-Equipped Engineers 8 "It was felt, however, that, even 1 though it was most desirable that - work should be supervised by fully- " qualified engineers and that the pro- - visions allowed for existing local authority engineers to continue without registration, some provision . should be made for the better- ; , equipped local authority engineer to , obtain registration without examinal tion qualification. It was considered : , ,that their period of responsible ex- ■ perience in local authority work . f would in some measure counteract .' - the lack of technical and examination i qualifications. ] ' "It must be clearly understood J ' that it was not intended that all local authority engineers with six , years or equivalent experience would I be registered, otherwise the Act ' ." would have said so," adds Mr. : ■ Semple. j "If a local authority has been < ; served faithfully and well by its } ' engineer over the past years and has ■ > been satisfied with his services, then i I appeal to it to continue, to treat : its engineer as still qualified and sat- i 5 isfactory even though he may not ' • secure registration under the recent : amendment. \ "The position of returned service- : - men must also be realised. Many of : 5 these are being given and will be '. ' given special facilities to obtain the - necessary educational and practical ■ • training. Others will be registered under the Amendment Act due to ] their past training and experience, f if they apply within six months of . their discharge. When these are . registered there should be openings . for them in local authorities and . other places. It would be most un- ! fair if many prospective openings were occupied by engineers who had been registered as a result of experij ence gained in local* authority work ' over the war years while these other " men were away overseas."

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ENGINEERS' ACT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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ENGINEERS' ACT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945