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The engineering profession supports the development of such high quality programmes. Many of these support individuals on their journey towards professional registration.
A key element of the Engineering Council’s role as the regulator for the UK engineering profession is to set and maintain the standards for professional registration. This includes setting the criteria that education programmes must meet to become ‘accredited’ or ‘approved’. Prospective students, employers and society have the assurance that accredited or approved programmes meet the standards set by the engineering profession.
The Engineering Council licenses a number of professional engineering institutions to carry out the process of accreditation or approval. This assesses whether qualifications and programmes fully or partially meet the education requirements for professional registration.
To achieve professional registration your competence and commitment will be assessed by existing registrants of a professional engineering institution that is licensed by the Engineering Council. This process is known as the ‘professional review’. It is a peer process, by registrants who are competent and trained to undertake this assessment.
Your competence and commitment will be assessed against the standards in UK-SPEC or the ICTTech Standard. These are the threshold standards, which may be adapted by your institution to relate specifically to its particular sector or industry.
Any academic or vocational qualifications you hold will determine which route to registration is open to you:
This is for anyone with the relevant required approved qualifications or apprenticeships, or accredited academic qualifications. It is the most straightforward route to each professional title as you need not supply any further evidence about your education.
This is the route for those who do not hold the required approved or accredited qualification or apprenticeship. You will need to provide evidence of how you have achieved the same level of knowledge and understanding as a standard route applicant. There are various ways of achieving this and your institution will provide advice based on your individual circumstances once they have looked at your education and career history.