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Engage - July/August 2020

Revised Standards to be published 1 September

Published: 30/07/2020

Standards imageFollowing the Engineering Council's five-yearly Standards Review process, the revised Standards documents will be published by 1 September 2020:

  • The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence and Commitment (UK-SPEC)
  • Accreditation and Approval of Qualifications and Apprenticeships (AAQA) (replacing the Approval of Qualifications and Apprenticeships Handbook (AQAH))
  • Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP)
  • Registration Code of Practice (RCoP), which sets out the regulations for registration.

This follows a thorough process of consultation with stakeholders, including registrants, professional engineering institutions (PEIs), education providers and the general public. The documents have been reviewed and re-drafted by Working Groups of volunteer registrants, supported by Engineering Council staff.

Each published document will be accompanied by a summary of key changes from the previous edition and implementation dates will be as follows:


Deadline for implementation

Registration Code of Practice








Intermediate Competences

At discretion of PEI

Learning Outcomes


Intermediate learning outcomes

At discretion of PEI

(Updated 5 August 2020)

As part of the implementation process, we also expect to carry out a major review of the Engineering Council's guidance to PEIs, which will provide gap analysis and ensure full continuity and consistency from Charter & Bye-laws through RCoP, the Standards, guidance to PEIs and our internal processes.

All revised Standards documents will be available on our Standards page from 1 September 2020.