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The sheer size and diversity of engineering in the UK means that no one professional body can represent the whole sector. For this reason, there are currently over 50 bodies with such an interest, known informally as the professional engineering community.

They work both collectively and individually with government, industry, academia and a range of other bodies to represent, promote and support the profession, while ensuring that UK registered engineers maintain the highest standards and reputation globally. The professional engineering community comprises the following bodies:

Professional Engineering Institutions

The Engineering Council licenses professional engineering institutions to assess candidates for registration and monitor professional development and conduct of registrants.  Some are also licensed to accredit or approve academic programmes and professional development schemes

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Professional Affiliates

Institutions closely associated with, but not licensed by, the Engineering Council with knowledge and understanding of a more niche area of engineering or technology. Professional Affiliates offer professional registration to their members through an agreement with a licensed professional engineering institution

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EngineeringUK promotes the vital contribution of engineers, engineering and technology in our society

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Royal Academy of Engineering

One of four UK national academies, the Royal Academy of Engineering brings together the most successful and talented engineers to promote excellence in engineering and provide expert advice and policy support to Government

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