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Education & Skills

The Engineering Council believes that all aspiring engineers and technicians should have access to world-class education and training programmes to help them develop industry-relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours.

The engineering profession supports the development of such high quality programmes. Many of these support individuals on their journey towards professional registration.

A key element of the Engineering Council’s role as the regulator for the UK engineering profession is to set and maintain the standards for professional registration. This includes setting the criteria that education programmes must meet to become ‘accredited’ or ‘approved’.  Prospective students, employers and society have the assurance that accredited or approved programmes meet the standards set by the engineering profession.

The Engineering Council licenses a number of professional engineering institutions to carry out the process of accreditation or approval. This assesses whether qualifications and programmes fully or partially meet the education requirements for professional registration.

Routes to professional registration

To achieve professional registration your competence and commitment will be assessed by existing registrants of a professional engineering institution that is licensed by the Engineering Council. This process is known as the ‘professional review’.  It is a peer process, by registrants who are competent and trained to undertake this assessment.

Your competence and commitment will be assessed against the standards in UK-SPEC or the ICTTech Standard.  These are the threshold standards, which may be adapted by your institution to relate specifically to its particular sector or industry.

Any academic or vocational qualifications you hold will determine which route to registration is open to you:

Standard route:
This is for anyone with the relevant required approved qualifications or apprenticeships, or accredited academic qualifications.  It is the most straightforward route to each professional title as you need not supply any further evidence about your education.  

Individual route:
This is the route for those who do not hold the required approved or accredited qualification or apprenticeship. You will need to provide evidence of how you have achieved the same level of knowledge and understanding as a standard route applicant. There are various ways of achieving this and your institution will provide advice based on your individual circumstances once they have looked at your education and career history.


 

Accreditation of Higher Education programmes

Accreditation is the process of reviewing an engineering degree programme to judge whether or not it meets the defined standards. This status is awarded to engineering degrees that meet some or all of the education requirements for professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng)

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Approval of Qualifications and Apprenticeship Programmes

Approved status is awarded to engineering qualifications and apprenticeship programmes that meet some or all of the education requirements for professional registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech), ICT Technician (ICTTech) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng). The approval process looks at the overall design, coverage and assessment strategy and seeks evidence that satisfactory quality assurance arrangements are in place

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Course Search

The Engineering Council maintains two searchable databases.  These enable prospective and current students, employers, universities, registration authorities outside the UK and the public to check whether a specific qualification or programme has been approved or accredited as meeting the education requirements for a given category of professional registration

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Engineering Gateways

Flexible work-based MSc and Bachelors programmes in Professional Engineering are available at a range of universities

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Engineering Council Exam

Administered by City & Guilds from 2001 - 2011, the Engineering Council Examination provided a means of meeting the academic requirements for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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The Bologna Declaration

The Bologna Declaration was initially signed by the Higher Education Ministers of 29 European countries in June 1999

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