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There are five generic areas of competence and commitment for all registrants, which broadly cover:
A – Knowledge and understanding
B – Design, development and solving engineering problems
C – Responsibility, management and leadership
D – Communication and interpersonal skills
E – Professional commitment
The areas above are set out separately for each title and constitute the threshold generic standards. To assist potential registrants, their advisers and professional review interviewers in deciding which title an individual should apply for, a matrix comparing the requirements for all three titles is also included in UK-SPEC.
Since its introduction in 2003, UK-SPEC has become well respected and recognised globally. It was most recently reviewed and updated in 2020, with the fourth edition published in August 2020, for implementation 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.