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Setting and maintaining standards, delivering solutions

Published: 28/09/2022

Cover image, Pocket Guide to Professional Registration 2022/23 - information button graphicProfessional registration is a framework that can help guide your study, training and professional development – and demonstrate the standard you’ve achieved. Providing a straightforward guide to professional registration and the professional engineering community, the Engineering Council has updated its ‘Pocket Guide to Professional Registration 2022-2023’. 

The Engineering Council’s 40th year of setting and maintaining standards has been a very important milestone. We are proud that we continue to maintain internationally recognised standards for the engineering profession, champion those standards through the institutions we license and hold the Register of individuals assessed as meeting them.

As the pace at which both technology and societal expectations change is increasing, it is important for the engineering profession to go beyond providing technically competent solutions and prove we can also deliver solutions with a sustainable and social dimension. 

The UK Standard of Engineering Competence and Commitment (UK-SPEC), against which every professionally registered engineer and technician has been assessed, recognises this. As well as setting out the necessary engineering knowledge and ability to apply it, UK-SPEC also requires registrants to demonstrate they carry out their responsibilities in an ethical manner, understand and apply the principles of sustainable development and are committed to an appropriate code of professional conduct.

Professional registration with the Engineering Council requires a commitment to enhancing your competence through Continuing Professional Development (CPD), updating the skills and knowledge originally assessed to ensure they are appropriate for the challenges we face today. This is a crucial element in the public benefit provided by the Engineering Council and the licensed professional engineering institutions (PEIs).

We are proud to say that every Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng), Engineering Technician (EngTech) and Information and Communications Technician (ICTTech) has not only demonstrated their competence against an independent standard. They have also committed to maintaining and enhancing that competence through carrying out CPD and to complying with a Code of Conduct. Employers, clients and members of the public can verify an individual’s Engineering Council registration through our online tool, RegCheck.

To facilitate the mobility and recognition of professionally registered engineers and technicians across the world, the Engineering Council maintains a series of international relationships, with a suite of mutual recognition agreements. Recognising the number of engineers and technicians displaced by the war in Ukraine, and other major global events, we have provided signposting on mobility and recognition at:

The Engineering Council acts as the ‘Council of Engineering Institutions’, impartially representing the community of professional engineering institutions and convening expert opinion about competence, commitment and professional development. I hope this updated guide provides a useful overview of those institutions and to the process of becoming professionally registered.

The work that engineers do is essential and often complex. For society to continue to have confidence and trust in the engineering profession, as people able to find solutions for the problems facing today’s world, the onus is on us as professionals to demonstrate we have earned that trust.

Alasdair Coates BEng(Hons) MSc CEng FICE MCIHT CMIOSH, CEO, Engineering Council


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: