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Standards & Guidance

Operating under a Royal Charter, the Engineering Council is the regulator of the engineering profession in the UK. It is responsible for setting the standards of competence and commitment that individuals must demonstrate in order to become registered as professional engineers and technicians.

These standards are detailed in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) and the Information and Communications Technology Technician (ICTTech) Standard. Society can have confidence that registered engineers and technicians will uphold these standards and exercise their responsibilities in an ethical manner.

It also publishes the criteria, known as learning outcomes. Those that must be met by degree programmes for the award of Engineering Council accredited status can be found in the Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP). The learning outcomes that must met by qualifications and apprenticeships for the award of Engineering Council approved status can be found in the Approval of Qualifications and Apprenticeships Handbook (AQAH).

The Engineering Council’s standards are internationally recognised and periodically reviewed to ensure that they remain relevant. They have been developed collaboratively with a range of individuals and organisations representing the breadth of the profession. This includes industry and academia, from the many different engineering disciplines. The Engineering Council works with its partners in the profession to set and periodically review the following standards. Following this periodic review, revised editions have been published of UK-SPEC, AHEP, AAQA (replacing AQAH) and RCoP, to be implemented by 31 December 2021. 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 latest information on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications now the UK is no longer part of the EU is available on our Brexit webpage, which also includes information for businesses.

Guidance materials that complement the standards are also available to support professional engineers and technicians in their practice. 


Working with and on behalf of the profession, the Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards that underpin professional registration for engineers and technicians and the accreditation of engineering degree programmes

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