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Engineering Council becomes home of Professional Engineer (PEng) designation

Published: 15/12/2021

Engineering Council logoFurther to an agreed Deed of Assignment being signed with the Society of Professional Engineers (SPE) as part of their recent winding down, the Engineering Council has now been granted legal rights to the Professional Engineer title and PEng designation.

Iain Wright, former Director of SPE, comments: “It’s important for the UK engineering profession that the title of ‘Professional Engineer’ and its associated designation ‘PEng’ remain within the professional engineering community. As such, I’m delighted that we have been able to transfer ownership of these to the profession’s UK regulator, the Engineering Council, alongside its current protected titles and postnominals for professionally registered engineers and technicians”.

Alasdair Coates, Engineering Council CEO, commented: “We are pleased that the Society of Professional Engineers approached us to take on the ownership of the title and associated designation. As well as providing the profession with an additional means of professional recognition, this trust in the Engineering Council shows we continue to be the home of protected titles for the professionally registered. Looking to the future, if the professional engineering community wishes to introduce additional PEng post-nominals, this option is now available. Above all, it remains paramount that the public clearly understand the importance and purpose of all such professional titles and how their use is regulated”.

More information about the Engineering Council’s titles is available online, at:

Any queries regarding the use of the EngC’s professional titles can be sent to


For press enquiries:
Kate Webster, Engineering Council –, 020 3206 0567

The Engineering Council was incorporated by Royal Charter in November 1981 to regulate the engineering profession in the UK. This is our 40th year of setting and maintaining standards, to ensure that society continues to have confidence and trust in the engineering profession.

The Engineering Council holds the national Register of Engineering Technicians (EngTech), Incorporated Engineers (IEng), Chartered Engineers (CEng) and Information and Communication Technology Technicians (ICTTech). It also sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of competence and ethics that govern the award and retention of these titles. By this means it is able to ensure that employers, government and wider society, both at home and overseas, can have confidence in the skills and commitment of registrants. For more information visit: