As one of the licensed bodies of the Engineering Council, the IRSE can register its suitably qualified members at all three grades; Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Engineering Technician (EngTech). The requirements for each of these registration levels is laid down in the Engineering Council's standard, UK-SPEC (UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence)
Why Register as an Engineer or Technician with the Engineering Council?
Registration with the Engineering Council sets engineers apart from those who are unregistered, and establishes their proven knowledge, understanding and competence. In particular, registration demonstrates a commitment to professional standards, and to developing and enhancing competence.
- As a professional engineer, it gives an edge to candidates applying for posts, whether or not registration is specified in the job advertisement.
- Links a professional engineer into a professional engineering institution which has been assessed by the Engineering Council as capable of providing comprehensive professional development guidance and opportunities, with regular publications and web access to assist in this, and many opportunities to network with colleagues with similar professional interests.
- Keeps you abreast of job opportunities and is a regular reminder of your professional standing and obligations to society.
- Employers of registered engineers have the assurance of knowing that their employees have had their competence assessed their credentials verified, and their commitment to continuing professional development established. They will have gained the recognition of their peers as meeting UK and international standards for knowledge and experience.
- Maintaining registration ensures that they are exposed to new developments in their profession, and provides numerous opportunities to benefit from these. It also means that they are governed by a professional code of conduct, and received reminders and assistance in determining their obligations under this code.
- In some cases, evidence of employing registered engineers will be necessary for the award of contracts in the UK and internationally.
IRSE Professional Exam holders: Are you thinking of applying for Engineering Council registration..?
As you may know, there are two stages to registration; Interim (underpinning knowledge and understanding) and Final (competence and commitment). The current academic requirement for Interim stage Chartered Engineer registration is a Masters degree, and for Incorporated Engineer registration; a Bachelors degree. However, Bachelors degree holders who have been awarded the IRSE Exam, are eligible to apply for CEng registration. Similarly, Higher National award holders who have been awarded the IRSE Exam, are eligible to apply for IEng registration. Please note that both Bachelors and Higher National awards would be expected to be in appropriate subjects.
For details of the registration process and how to find out whether you are eligible to apply, please see link in the grey panel.