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The Engineering Council’s standards provide a framework for the assessment of the competence and commitment requirements for professional registration. They also provide the criteria that degree programmes must meet to be awarded accredited status.

The standards are internationally recognised and industry relevant. They provide employers, their customers and wider society with confidence that professionally registered engineers and technicians have met the standards set by the profession and will act in society’s best interests. The standards focus on outcomes and what individual engineers and technicians can do.

The peer assessment process of individuals and degree programmes is undertaken by sector-specific professional engineering institutions that are licensed by the Engineering Council to assess candidates for professional registration and accredit academic programmes. 

The Engineering Council works with its partners in the profession to set and periodically review the following standards. Following its five-yearly Standards Review process, revised editions have been published of UK-SPEC, AHEP, AAQA (replacing AQAH) and RCoP, to be implemented by 31 December 2021, available through the links below. If you are starting a new application for professional registration before 31 December 2021, please check with your institution whether you should refer to the third or fourth edition of UK-SPEC. 


The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) describes the standards for professional registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng)

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ICTTech Standard

The Information and Communications Technology Technician (ICTTech) Standard describes the standard for ICTTech registration with the Engineering Council

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Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP)

The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP) describes the accreditation process and required learning outcomes for engineering degree programmes.

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Approval of Qualifications and Apprenticeships Handbook (AQAH)

The Approval of Qualifications and Apprenticeships Handbook (AQAH) describes the approval process and required learning outcomes for the purpose of technician registration (EngTech or ICTTech).

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Approval and Accreditation of Qualifications and Apprenticeships (AAQA), to be implemented by 31 December 2021

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Recognised Standards

Licensed Institutions may contextualise the generic standards to meet the needs of particular technologies or industries with which they are concerned. These 'Recognised Standards' must be fully compliant with UK-SPEC.

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