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The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence and Commitment (UK-SPEC) explains the requirements that people must meet to become registered as an Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). It also includes examples of activities that demonstrate the required competence and commitment.

UK-SPEC 4th edition

Each registration title requires demonstration of five broad areas of competence and commitment:

The areas above are set out separately for each title and constitute the standards. To assist potential registrants, their advisers and professional review interviewers in deciding which title an individual should apply for, a comparison table of the three titles is included in UK-SPEC. A separate table with examples of evidence for each title is also available to support potential registrants. 

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. Previous editions of UK-SPEC can also be accessed from the fourth edition webpage.

Contact a professional engineering institution

Professional engineering institutions provide their members with guidance on working towards professional registration, including advice on individual circumstances.

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Fourth edition, implemented from 31 December 2021

View and download the current edition of UK-SPEC (the second and third editions of UK-SPEC can also be accessed from this page). 

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The Engineering Council has developed a process to assess engineers for competence to work on HRB (Higher Risk Buildings) leading to professional registration. Engineering Registration against UK-SPEC HRB will provide a high degree of assurance to clients looking to evidence the competence of the building professionals they appoint, and demonstrate competence to the Building Safety Regulator (BSR)

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