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Recognition and registration in the UK

I am outside the UK. Can I apply for professional registration with the Engineering Council?

Yes, Engineering Council registration is open to anyone, anywhere, who is a member of one of the UK professional engineering institutions and can demonstrate they meet the professional competence requirements.

I am outside the UK. How can I apply for Engineering Council registration?

The first step in applying for Engineering Council registration is to become a member of one of the professional engineering institutions licensed to award registration. Most institutions have a global membership and may be able to arrange for assessment to take place in your home country or region.

I am outside the UK. Why must I join a UK professional engineering institution in order to register with the Engineering Council?

The Engineering Council is a Council of Institutions. It does not register individuals directly, but works with its licensed professional engineering institutions to set and maintain registration standards and procedures. The institutions carry out the assessment procedures. They also provide mechanisms to support the professional development of their members and manage matters relating to professional conduct and discipline, which are essential to the ongoing maintenance of the register.

I have a non-UK degree that is on the FEANI INDEX. Is this recognised under the Washington Accord?

No, programmes on the FEANI INDEX are not recognised under the Accords unless they are accredited by one of the Accord signatories that is also a member of FEANI (currently Engineering Council, Engineers Ireland).  However, Accord signatories may, at their own discretion, recognise degrees on the FEANI INDEX as equivalent academic qualifications. Please contact the signatory in whose jurisdiction you are seeking recognition for advice.

Programmes listed on the FEANI INDEX are recognised by the Engineering Council for the purpose of registration as an Incorporated Engineer or Chartered Engineer. 

I have a non-UK degree that has the EUR-ACE® Label. Is this recognised under the Washington Accord?

No, EUR-ACE® labelled programmes are not recognised under the Accords unless they are also accredited by/for an Accord signatory such as the Engineering Council or Engineers Ireland.  However, Accord signatories may, at their own discretion, recognise EUR-ACE® labelled programmes as equivalent academic qualifications.

EUR-ACE® labelled degrees are recognised by the Engineering Council for the purposes of registration as an Incorporated Engineer or Chartered Engineer.

I have a degree accredited by a Washington Accord signatory. Does this meet the requirements for registration in the UK?

The Engineering Council recognises engineering education programmes accredited by Washington Accord signatories as contributing to the education requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration. As the exemplifying academic requirement for Chartered Engineer registration is a Masters level qualification, the assessing institution may ask you to demonstrate further learning acquired through formal or informal learning. They may also ask you to demonstrate knowledge relevant to their discipline(s).

*Students starting Washington Accord programmes from July 2015 onwards will be required to demonstrate learning to European Master's level when applying for Chartered Engineer registration.

I have a degree accredited by a Sydney Accord signatory. Does this meet the requirements for registration in the UK?

The Engineering Council recognises engineering education programmes accredited by Sydney Accord signatories as fully meeting the education requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration.

I have completed an education programme accredited by a Dublin Accord signatory. Does this meet the requirement for EngTech registration in the UK?

The Engineering Council recognises engineering education programmes accredited by Dublin Accord signatories as fully meeting the education requirements for Engineering Technician (EngTech) registration.

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 your registering institution, usually alongside their annual membership subscription. The registering institution also monitors conduct and continuing professional development. 

Provided you renew your membership annually you will only need to go through the registration process once.  However, if your membership is lapsed for longer than three years you will be required to repeat the process.

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