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General FAQs

Does the Engineering Council advertise job vacancies for engineers?

No, the Engineering Council does not currently advertise job vacancies other than its own or positions within the professional engineering institutions

Most of the professional engineering institutions have recruitment sections on their website or in their journals, so please check with the institutions relevant to your sector or discipline of engineering. 

What is the difference between the Engineering Council and the professional engineering institutions?

The Engineering Council is the UK regulatory body for the engineering profession. We set and maintain the internationally recognised standards of professional competence and ethics, detailed in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). We hold the national register of over 222,000 Engineering Technicians (EngTech), Incorporated Engineers (IEng), Chartered Engineers (CEng), ICT Technicians (ICTTech)  and in addition there are over 10,000 engineers and technicians on the national register classified as Interim Registrants, having registered their intention to work towards one of the professional titles above.

To gain one of these titles individuals first become a member of a professional engineering institution, licensed by the Engineering Council to assess candidates for registration. The licensed institutions are membership organisations that provide services such as journals, conferences, CPD seminars, mentoring and advice to individuals who are preparing for their professional review. Please note that the Engineering Council does not provide such membership services. There are 35 licensed institutions, each one an independent body with members in a specific industry sector(s) or discipline(s) in engineering.

Registrants also have the option to join a Professional Affiliate. These are membership organisations that are linked to the Engineering Council, but not licensed to assess candidates for registration. A number of the Professional Affiliates have registration agreements with the licensed institutions that allow them to register their members through their licensed partner.

The Engineering Council works closely with the professional engineering institutions, from whom it gets its mandate. Many of the institutions are represented on its Board of Trustees and other committees.

Is registration a one-time process or will I have to pay an annual subscription?

Registration is renewable annually on payment of a fee and provided that there has been no violation of codes of professional conduct. Fees are collected by the registering institution, usually alongside the annual membership subscription. The registering institution also monitors conduct and continuing professional development.

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