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RCoP, fourth edition

Cover of RCoP fourth editionThe revised fourth edition of the Registration Code of Practice (RCoP) was published on 31 August 2020 and implemented by 31 December 2021.

RCoP 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.

Download the fourth edition of RCoP

The following regulations in the fourth edition are exceptions to the transition period above, and apply from the date of publication (31 August 2020):

Paragraph 6 [Licensee management systems]

Paragraph 53 [Notifications of recognised programmes]

Paragraph 54 [Removal of programme recognition]

Paragraph 69 [Mutual recognition/RPQ]

Please note:

Throughout this document the term ‘Licensee’ is used to describe the engineering institutions that have been licensed by the Engineering Council board to assess individuals for professional registration. To become Licensees organisations must pass a rigorous process demonstrating, to the satisfaction of the Engineering Council Board, that they are competent to perform this task and to regulate the conduct of their members.

Additionally, Licensees can be Licensed to approve or accredit programmes of learning and competence development to specific standards.

Licensees are sometimes known informally as Professional Engineering Institutions, or PEIs. For a full and current list of Licensees please see

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