The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) describes the value of becoming registered as an Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). It describes the requirements that have to be met in order to gain these qualifications, and gives examples of ways of doing this.

UK-SPEC should enable individuals and employers to find out whether they or their staff can meet the requirements, and explains the steps necessary to achieve professional registration with the Engineering Council.

Our registrants carry many responsibilities, including the need to observe a professional code of conduct.  These are described here, together with advice on how to maintain registration.

UK-SPEC is published by the Engineering Council on behalf of the UK engineering profession.  The standard has been developed, and is regularly updated, by panels representing professional engineering institutions, employers and engineering educators.  It was most recently reviewed in 2013 and the third edition was published in January 2014.  There is a transition period of up to two years.  From February 2016, all professional reviews will be conducted in line with this edition.  Those currently working towards registration should consult their institution for advice.

The key revisions in the third edition are outlined in the document on the right hand side of this page under useful documents 'UK-SPEC third edition key revisions'.

UK-SPEC can be downloaded here.

The previous edition can be accessed via archived publications