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International Register of Professional Engineers

The International Professional Engineer (IntPE) register was launched in late 2002 by the Engineers Mobility Forum (EMF). In 2012, the EMF was renamed the International Professional Engineers Agreement (IPEA). Each member of the IPEA holds its own section of the IntPE register. This is denoted by the addition of a jurisdiction identifier to the IntPE designatory letters.

The Engineering Council is the UK member of the IPEA.

Who can apply for IntPE(UK) registration?

The IntPE(UK) qualification is open to Chartered Engineers who are registered with the Engineering Council and who meet the following requirements:

  • an accredited degree recognised under the Washington Accord, or equivalent academic qualification*
  • the competence for independent practise as a professional engineer as exemplified by the International Engineering Alliance competency profile
  • at least seven years post-graduate experience
  • at least two years responsibility for significant engineering work
  • maintaining continuing professional development

*Equivalent academic qualifications are qualifications at the appropriate level attained through formal study or examination, such as an Engineering Gateways degree, second-cycle programme on the FEANI INDEX or EUR-ACE® database or the Engineering Council Post-graduate Diploma when combined with either a Bachelor degree or the Engineering Council Graduate Diploma. Please contact your professional engineering institution for advice.

Please note: Chartered Engineers who do not hold an accredited degree recognised under the Washington Accord, or equivalent academic qualification, are currently not eligible to apply for IntPE(UK) registration.

Although the Engineering Council recognises the competency of these engineers, the IPEA does not yet accept applicants through individual routes. The Engineering Council is hopeful that this situation will change, but this is likely to take a significant period of time.

How to apply for IntPE(UK)

  • Download the application form and guidance note from the useful documents section of this page
  • Complete the application form
  • Submit your application with evidence of the required experience and CPD, together with the registration fee of £105 to your professional engineering institution (please contact your professional engineering institution for details of payment options available)

The current registration fee is £105.


IntPE(UK) registration is renewable every five years. The renewal fee is currently £60, and requires demonstration of continued responsibility for significant engineering work and CPD for the period.

Benefits of IntPE(UK) registration

In addition to the benefits gained through CEng professional registration IntPE(UK) offers:

  • Letters after your name, eg J Smith CEng IntPE(UK)
  • Easier admission to National Registers of IPEA member jurisdictions

The Engineering Council and its fellow IPEA members are pursuing the possibility of future mutual recognition of professional titles, which would further enhance the benefits of IntPE(UK) qualification.

IntPEs coming to the UK

If you have gained your IntPE qualification from another IPEA jurisdiction, you can apply for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer. To do this you will need to become a member of one of the UK’s professional engineering institutions.

As part of your application you will be required to submit the following documents:

  • Detailed curriculum vitae of experience since graduation, indicating the levels of responsibility held
  • Current record of continuing professional development
  • Evidence of IntPE registration (confirmation may be sought)
  • References from two persons who have personal knowledge of your competence as a professional engineer

In recognition of the professional standing of IntPE, the Engineering Council allows a streamlined application process consisting of:

  • Minimal scrutiny of academic qualification and professional development
  • A professional review interview that will concentrate on competence to operate within a UK professional environment, rather than assessment of general competence.

Some professional engineering institutions may have additional membership requirements to this streamlining.

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