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The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) sets out the competence and commitment required for registration 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

There are five generic areas of competence and commitment for all registrants, which broadly cover:

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. 

Download the third edition

Download the latest edition of UK-SPEC here. Professional reviews must be conducted in line with this edition from February 2016

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Download archived edition

A transition period of two years means that if your professional review is before February 2016, you should seek advice from your institution as your review may be carried out in line with the second edition of UK-SPEC, which can be downloaded here

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Third edition: key revisions

A summary of the alterations and updates made to the third edition is available here

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Contact a professional engineering institution

Professional engineering institutions provide their members with guidance on working towards professional registration, including which UK-SPEC edition to refer to

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Fourth edition, to be implemented by 31 December 2021

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