Engineering is all around us, satisfying everything from our basic needs to our more complex dreams and ambitions.
The engineers and technicians who make this possible enjoy contributing to teams through the technical endeavour to sustain and improve lives. They possess an incredible range of creative talent that is underpinned by their enquiring minds and balanced by their intellect and judgement.
Society rightly places great faith in the engineering profession, trusting engineers and technicians to regulate themselves on its behalf. This trust can only be delivered through significant individual commitment that is publicly demonstrated by the attainment of the professional competence and behaviours that are described in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence and Commitment (UK-SPEC).
The people who aspire to be recognised as professional engineers and technicians require an independent assessment of their competence and commitment. The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence and Commitment (UK-SPEC) provides the means to achieve this.
Professional registration has many benefits, not only for individuals and their employers but also for the profession, the UK economy and wider society.
Benefits to the individual include:
- Improved career prospects and employability
- Higher earning potential
- International recognition of your qualifications
- Recognition of your expertise and hard work
- Greater influence within your organisation and industry
- High self-esteem
- Recognition as a Countersignatory
- Letters after your name
Benefits to employers include:
- Increased technical credibility with customers
- The means to benchmark the qualifications of employees
- Confirmation that the credentials being claimed are held
- Assurance that the employee is keeping up-to-date with professional codes of conduct
- A means to satisfy requirements of the Quality Management Systems standards e.g. ISO 9001:2008, IiP, Indemnity Insurance
How to register
Whichever route you take to professional registration, here are the steps you will need to follow:
- Join a professional engineering institution
- Tell your institution that you are aiming for a professional title
- Record your professional development
- Assessment – the Professional Review
Making an Application
The UK SPEC describes the requirements that must be met in order to gain EngTech, IEng or CEng registration, and gives examples of ways of doing this. These documents enable individuals and employers to find out whether they or their staff can meet the requirements and explains the steps necessary.
Which category am I eligible for?
Your educational qualifications can provide a rough guide to this because they demonstrate the level of your knowledge and understanding. However, your all round professional competence will be the deciding factor, and there are several other ways in which you can demonstrate the required knowledge and understanding if you don’t have the relevant qualifications. These can be found in UK-SPEC, or the Membership Department will be able to assess your qualifications, training and experience, and advise you.
If you not already a member of IHEEM, your first step should be to apply for membership of the Institute, indicating that you wish to also apply for registration.
After considering your application, the Membership Committee will advise the most appropriate route, based on your qualifications and experiences to date.
If you are a member of IHEEM, you should make an individual application for registration and the Membership Committee will advise the most appropriate route, based on your qualifications and experiences to date. At the same time, you may wish to consider an application for an upgrade of your membership.
Once your application has been approved, the Membership Department will advise and guide you through the next steps.
Link to the Engineering Council YouTube Channel to find out more.