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New toolkit supports technicians on journey to Incorporated Engineer status

Published: 19/01/2018

A new, online tool has been developed to support technicians in their career progression.

Pathways to professional registration is an interactive toolkit that identifies the steps each individual user would need to take on their journey to professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). 

The resource is designed for senior technicians who have taken on increasing levels of responsibility at work. They may be contributing to engineering design, development, manufacture, safety, construction and operation and the IEng title would be a better reflection of their current skills and experience. The title is open to anyone who can demonstrate that they have the required skills, knowledge and commitment. 

Pathways to professional registration has been developed collaboratively by an Engineering the Future (EtF) working group, comprising representatives from ten professional engineering institutions, as well as the Engineering Council. A short animated video has also been produced to accompany the launch.

Michelle Richmond, who led the working group that produced the tool, said:

“There are various routes to professional registration and you don’t necessarily need a degree. In fact, more than half of applications go through the experiential route, without a degree. 

For any senior technicians who feel like now is the time to push their career to the next level, this online tool will help them understand how they can do this and what their route to professional registration will look like. Once achieved, registration can open up great career opportunities.” 

The interactive tool is user friendly. The user answers questions related to their experience and qualifications, then each answer takes them to the next step in the process. This way, potential IEng applicants can map out their route or find out who to contact if they need further advice and support. It also includes case studies of existing Incorporated Engineers who give their first-hand account of how the process was for them and tips for anyone who is considering applying. 

To use the new online tool, please go to