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UK-SPEC, fourth edition

The revised fourth edition of UK-SPEC was published on 31 August 2020 and implemented by 31 December 2021.


The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence and Commitment (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.

The overall approach in redrafting UK-SPEC was to aim for greater clarity, making the requirements, ie the Standard itself, more obvious, while providing better examples of how applicants might provide evidence of having met the Standard.

Download the fourth edition of UK-SPEC

For advice on specific application requirements, or your individual circumstances, please contact your professional engineering institution (PEI). Membership of a PEI is required to appy for professional registration and to maintain your registration title. 

UK-SPEC fourth edition

The revised fourth edition of UK-SPEC was published on 31 August 2020 and will be implemented by 31 December 2021.

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UK-SPEC fourth edition: summary of key changes

UK Standard of Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) fourth edition: summary of key changes

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Regulations for Registration (RfR) fourth edition

RfR sets out the regulations that Licensees of the Engineering Council must adhere to when registering applicants, recognising programmes of learning and development, and undertaking related processes.

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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 second 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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