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As an experienced engineer or technician, do you know what value professional registration with the Engineering Council has to offer you?

Professional registration demonstrates to your employers, colleagues, customers and the wider engineering profession that you meet globally recognised standards of competence and commitment in your field of engineering. These profession wide standards are set out by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard of Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) and the ICTTech Standard.

The four professional titles are Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng), Chartered Engineer (CEng) and ICT Technician (ICTTech). Each of them can offer you the recognition you deserve for your hard work and expertise.

Professional registration offers you and your employer many benefits. A growing number of employers pay the fees associated with membership and registration for their employees as they understand the value in employing a professionally registered workforce. Do ask if yours is among these.


A common misconception is that you will only be eligible for professional registration if you have an accredited engineering degree. This is not true. 

Professional registration is open to anyone who can:

  • Demonstrate both competence to perform professional work to the necessary standards, and commitment to maintain their competence
  • Work within professional codes
  • Participate actively within the profession 

Academic and vocational qualifications can provide an indication of eligibility for the different titles, because they demonstrate your level of knowledge and understanding. 

However, all round professional competence will be the deciding factor.  There are several other ways in which the required knowledge, understanding and skills can be demonstrated if you don’t have relevant qualifications.  These can be found in UK-SPEC for EngTech, IEng or CEng and in the ICTTech Standard for ICTTech.  Your institution can advise you further once they have assessed your qualifications, training and experience.

How to apply

If you are not already a member of a professional engineering institution, your first step will be to join one.  You should choose one that relates to your training and/or your area of work. 

Once you are a member, your institution will be able to provide you with support and advice on how to become professionally registered.  When you are ready you will submit the application for your chosen title to them.  Many institutions can help you find a suitable mentor.  With this support it’s not as hard as you might think!

The registration process

The assessment process for registration is known as the professional review.  This starts with a written application, which may vary depending on the requirements of your institution.  Your institution will provide you with everything you need to know.  For IEng and CEng registration there is also a professional review interview.  Once your institution has verified that you meet the criteria, they will submit a registration form to the Engineering Council on your behalf. 

To prepare for the professional review you will need to record your professional development. This provides a body of evidence on your understanding, qualifications, skills and experience for the assessors to review.  The sooner in your career you start to record this information, the easier it will make it for you to apply. 

To find more information to help you on your way to professional registration see the webpages below:


The professional title for engineering technicians who can prove that they have the skills and experience to solve practical engineering problems

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The professional title for engineers responsible for managing and maintaining current and developing technologies in a practical and creative way

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The professional title for engineers, engaged in technical and commercial leadership and problem solving through creativity and innovation

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ICT Technician

The professional title for ICT technicians who support and facilitate the use of ICT equipment and their applications by others

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Case studies

Read the stories of Engineers and Technicians to hear why they applied for professional registration, how they got there and the impact a professional registration title has had on their careers

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The value of professional registration to you

Still unsure? This list is based on the feedback of professionally registered engineers who have reaped the benefits of their title

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Professional Engineering Institutions and Professional Affiliates

If you are looking for support and advice, or looking to apply for a professional title, ensure that you are a member of a licensed institution

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UK-SPEC and the ICTTech Standard

Read the Standards that describe the criteria for the Engineering Council’s professional titles and offer examples of ways to meet them

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Which title?

The professional title that you are eligible for will depend on a combination of your qualifications, experience and professional development. Find out which is right for you

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The value of professional registration to your employer

If you’re working in an SME, or an organisation where engineering is not the primary function, your employer may be unsure of the benefits of a professional engineering title. Show them this list

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