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The professional title you are eligible for is dependent on the level of competence you can demonstrate. Academic and vocational qualifications contribute as they demonstrate your level of knowledge and understanding, but you must have working experience at that level.
As a an indicator, the underpinning knowledge and understanding requirements are:
*see the QAA website for Higher Education reference points
The Engineering Council has licensed professional engineering institutions to assess candidates for registration. You should contact the most appropriate of these. Your chosen institution will be able to assess your qualifications, training and experience, and advise you if anything further is required. UK-SPEC and the ICTTech Standard also outline the competence and commitment criteria for each of the Engineering Council’s professional titles.
You may also want to look at our searchable course databases, please click here for further details.
To register with the Engineering Council as EngTech, IEng, CEng or ICTTech you first need to join one of our licensed professional engineering institutions or a Professional Affiliate with the relevant agreement. (Please note that not all institutions cover all categories). Your institution will assess your qualifications, training and experience and let you know if anything further is required. Once you meet the registration criteria and have completed the registration process they will submit a registration form to us on your behalf.
There are two types of registration fee: the initial joining fee, and the annual registration fee. Amounts vary depending on your level of registration, and may be revised annually. Current Engineering Council registration fees can be found here and are paid via the institution you are registered through. Please contact your institution for methods of payment.
Please note that you will also have to pay fees to join and retain membership of your chosen institution. A few institutions also surcharge Engineering Council fees.
The Engineering Council does not offer direct registration. Candidates for registration are required to be in membership of one of the licensed institutions listed here
No. Institutions offer a variety of membership grades. Some grades enable members to apply for registration, others do not, so please make sure your chosen institution knows you wish to apply for registration. In addition, you will always need to go through the registration assessment process before being registered with the Engineering Council.
This will depend on the length of time required by your institution, so please check with them.
However, once your application has been assessed and approved by your institution, and sent to the Engineering Council, it will normally be processed within 1 to 3 weeks of receipt (with the exception of the period mid-December to mid-January when it might take a bit longer). Once your name has been added to the register, a registration pack is despatched to the address provided by your institution.
Please check with your institution on the status of your registration application. Once your institution has let you know that your application has been successful and passed to the Engineering Council, it normally takes up to 10 working days to be processed. (and possibly longer during the period mid-December to mid-January). Upon completion, your registration pack will be posted to you, at the address supplied to your institution.
Yes, a registration pack, including a certificate is dispatched by the Engineering Council within 10 working days of your name being added to the register.
The order in which these should be listed is based on the order of precedence and category. This is dictated by standard practice, although it often varies by region.
The UK Ministry of Justice recommends the following order:
So an example would be: Lieutenant A N Other MBE BEng CEng FREng RN
Certificates are not usually shown but Diplomas may be (inserted after degrees but before practitioner registrations).
Further information can be found here
This will be on your registration certificate. If you do not have this please email a request to email@example.com and provide the following information: full name, date-of-birth and institution membership number.
In order to remain on our register you need to be a member of one of the appropriate institutions.
Therefore, if you would like to cancel your membership with your current institution you will need to transfer your Engineering Council registration to another institution first to avoid being removed from the national Register and losing your title.
If you choose to transfer your registration you are advised to do the following:
No, please contact a Notary Public or Solicitor. However, we can provide confirmation of your registered status in the form of a letter or email if required. You can contact us using our contact us form.
Engineers do not require a licence to practise in the UK. However, professional registration would be of great benefit and shows that you meet certain professional standards. You can read more about the value of registration here.
Please contact UK-NARIC, the national agency responsible for providing information and advice about how qualifications and skills from overseas compare to the UK's national qualification frameworks. They can compare your qualifications and provide you with simple and officially recognised documents which explain the level of your qualification:
UK-NARIC letters of comparability are useful when applying for jobs in the UK as they provide clear indicators of your education level in UK terms. These letters do not, however, provide exemption from elements of the registration process, although some institutions do use them as part of their assessment.
UK-NARIC can be contacted via their website, by telephone at +44 (0)871 330 7033) or by email
If you are a member of more than one institution, this is known as an additional membership.
Additional memberships exist where the registrant has been awarded their title by two separate institutions. The Engineering Council only issues one certificate on initial registration. However, secondary certificates can be purchased using the certificate order form.
The Engineering Council no longer issues registration cards, but many institutions do, so please check with yours. However, there are other products available, such as registrant ties, lapel pins and professional stamps. Please click here for more information.