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Your more ambitious students will already have set their sights on reaching the highest standards of professionalism, by gaining Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Holding one of these titles yourself enables you to lead by example. You’ll not only enjoy the benefits of status and recognition, you will also gain credibility with your students. Can you afford not to become professionally registered?
Your Higher Education institution will also benefit. A professionally registered faculty shows prospective students and industry partners that its teachers and researchers are committed to keeping their knowledge, understanding and skills up-to-date.
Gaining IEng or CEng registration is also just as straightforward for you as it is for engineers working in industry.
Whatever your background, it will be your competence as an engineer working in education that leads to successful registration. Assessment is through a review of submitted documentary evidence and an interview. Your evidence can include course development, involvement in research, managing research contracts, an industrial placement, working independently on consultancy or voluntary engineering work.
Any engineering experience outside your educational role would also be relevant. For instance you might have worked in an engineering-based job before moving into education. This evidence will strengthen your application, especially if you can show how your experience influences your current teaching or research.
More information on the requirements and how to meet them can be found in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).