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Approved qualifications or apprenticeship programmes meet some or all of the requirements for professional registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech), ICT Technician (ICTTech) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng). Such qualifications and apprenticeship programmes are approved for up to five years.
Employers are able to nominate the Engineering Council as the provider of quality assurance (known as External Quality Assurance or EQA) for engineering-related Trailblazer Apprenticeships.
The focus is on outcomes rather than inputs. Learning outcomes and output standards for technician related qualifications and programmes are here. Focusing on outcomes means that a range of diverse and innovative provision can be approved, whilst still meeting the requirements for knowledge, understanding and skills that tomorrow’s engineers and technicians will need.
The approval process looks at the overall design, coverage and assessment strategy and seeks evidence that satisfactory quality assurance arrangements are in place. This is central to ensuring that qualifications and apprenticeships meet the needs of individuals, their employers and society.
For further details of what professional engineering institutions look at when approving qualifications, see the Approval of Qualifications and Apprenticeships Handbook.
Approval is a mark of assurance that the standards set by the engineering profession are met. It provides clear and transparent evidence to government, funders, aspiring technicians and engineers, and others of real engagement with the engineering profession.
Why approval is important to education and apprenticeship providers:
Why approval is important to individuals:
Qualifications or apprenticeships may focus on education (i.e. the underpinning knowledge and understanding) or the development of competence to meet the requirements for professional registration as EngTech, ICTTech or IEng, or on both education and competence.
The level of output required for approval
To be approved, a technician related qualification or apprenticeship must meet or exceed one or more of the following:
For IEng, to meet the requirements in full, the level of underpinning knowledge and understanding is higher (level 6 RQF or level 9 in Scotland).
Approved qualifications and apprenticeships are listed on the Engineering Council’s public searchable Database of Technician Qualifications.