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Working in the UK

The engineering profession in the UK is self-regulated through the use of legally protected professional titles. With a few exceptions, there is no restriction on access to practise as an engineer or technician in the UK.

New UK legislation, the Recognition of Professional Qualifications Amendment (EU Exit) Regulations (2019), ensures that a system of recognition of professional qualifications continues for individuals seeking recognition in the UK with EEA or Swiss qualifications after 1 January 2021. Full details of the implementation of this legislation are found here: Explanatory Memorandum.

Under this legislation, holders of EEA/Swiss engineering qualifications may apply to the relevant UK professional engineering institution for membership and registration with the Engineering Council.

The professional engineering institution to which you apply will offer an assessment that complies with the legislation and will provide all the information you need to make the application. Please contact the relevant UK institution for further advice.

The legislation does not guarantee automatic recognition and you will be required to provide information to the assessors demonstrating that you meet the requirements for the engineering profession in the UK. A link to the UK-SPEC page can be found here

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