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International Activity

Engineering is a highly mobile profession. Therefore, Engineering Council registration is open to anyone who can demonstrate that they meet the UK Standard of Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), regardless of nationality or location.

The aim of our international activity is to ensure that Engineering Council standards are globally recognized and facilitate the international mobility of engineering professionals.

To fulfil this aim we are:

There are numerous national, regional and international engineering organisations. The Engineering Council has relationships with many of these, either directly or indirectly through the professional engineering institutions and other partner organisations.

The Engineering Council has been working to understand and establish the potential consequences of Brexit on the recognition of professional registration in the EU and more details are available on our Brexit transition page.

For more information please see the links below:

Access to practise in the UK

The engineering profession in the UK is self-regulated through the use of the legally protected titles Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng), Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Information and Communications Technology Technician (ICTTech)

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European Recognition

Directive 2005/36 states that engineers and technicians who are professionally registered with the Engineering Council can be recognised across the EU and the EEA

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International Recognition outside Europe

As a member of the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) the Engineering Council is party to several agreements that facilitate international recognition of its standards for education and competence

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International Engineering Education Accords

A key benefit for holders of Engineering Council accredited academic qualifications is that the quality of these engineering education programmes is widely recognised by the rest of the world through a number of Engineering Education Accords

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International Relationships Map

For information about the Engineering Council’s partners and other professional engineering registers around the world, see our interactive map

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International Activity FAQs

If you have further questions about our international activity visit this section of our website to see if your question has been answered

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