UK-SPEC gives an explanation of the requirements you must satisfy for professional registration as an:
- Engineering Technician (EngTech)
- Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
- Chartered Engineer (CEng)
In addition, it includes examples of activities demonstrating the necessary commitment and competence. Each of the registration titles mentioned above needs a demonstration of five broad areas of competence and commitment:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Design, development, and conquering engineering problems
- Communication and interpersonal skills
- Professional Commitment
- Responsibility, management, and leadership
Let’s move ahead to know the UK-SPEC (CEng) registration requirements. However, before that, let’s understand who a Chartered Engineer is.
A Chartered Engineer develops solutions to engineering problems. They do so by using existing and new technologies, through innovation creativity, and change. These professionals may also bear technical accountability for complex systems with significant levels of risk.
The following are the items Chartered Engineers demonstrate:
- Successful use of knowledge to provide innovative services and products or/and take responsibility for complex engineering systems
- The theoretical knowledge to sort out problems in new technologies and develop new analytical techniques
- Responsibility for finance, project and personnel management and handling trade-offs between technical and socio-economic factors
- Required skills to develop other technical staff
- Influential interpersonal skills for the communication of technical matters.
Eligibility criteria for the CEng title registration:
Anybody can apply for the UK-SPEC Chartered Engineer title. The condition is that they have to demonstrate the necessary professional competencies and commitment as per UK-SPEC. In general, an individual develops these by means of education and working experience.
The CEng registration application process is more straightforward for those who having exemplifying academic qualifications. For CEng, this is one of the below-listed items:
- You need a bachelor’s degree, with Honours, in engineering or technology, with accreditation for CEng. Besides that, have an appropriate and accredited Master’s degree or Engineering Doctorate (EngD), or appropriate further learning to Master’s level.
- An accredited integrated MEng degree
Keep in mind:
The qualifications that were recognized as the exemplifying qualifications, when you earned them, are still considered to be so.
Applicants with the exemplifying qualifications automatically become qualified for interim registration.
Join a professional engineering institution:
The first step for registration is to join a professional engineering institution. This institution needs to be licensed to evaluate candidates for professional engineering registration. Alternatively, you can join a Professional Affiliate of the Engineering Council. Some of these organizations have agreements for registering their members through a licensed institution. One of the biggest benefits of joining is the support you will get from the institutions. This support will help you in working towards registration.
Let the institution know your professional title aim:
Tell your institution about to wish to apply for professional registration with the Engineering Council. Their staff will see your qualifications, training and experience. After that, they will advise you which title you may be eligible for. In addition, they will also tell you whether you need any further learning or experience. Another benefit is that they can help you find a mentor.
Record your professional development:
To accompany and maintain professional registration with the Engineering Council, you must record your professional development. It provides a body of proof about your qualifications, activities and experience. All these things will help you draw on when you are ready to apply for the title you chose.
Assessment: the professional review:
The evaluation process for registration is called the professional review. It starts with a written application, varying depending on the requirements of your institution. Your institution will offer you everything you should know. For the UK-SPEC CEng and IEng, there is also a professional review interview.
When your institution has verified that you meet the required criteria, it will submit a registration form. This form will be submitted to the Engineering Council on your behalf.
When you get your registration form from your institution, the Engineering Council will verify and process your application. After that, you will be added to the national register. In general, it takes between one and three weeks. After that, you will get your registration pack, including a certificate of your new title. After that, you will be able to start to use your post-nominal letters to highlight your professional status.