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Engineering has a vast impact on our everyday lives. It is central to the development of infrastructure, essential technologies, transport, energy, health, food and running water.

Professional registration for engineers and technicians underpins the systems and processes that ensure the current and future safeguarding of society. It provides employers, government and wider society – both in the UK and overseas – with confidence that registrants possess and maintain the knowledge, skills and commitment required to meet the engineering and technological needs of today, whilst also catering for the needs of future generations. Our vision is that society continues to have confidence and trust in the engineering profession.

As the regulatory body for the UK engineering profession, the Engineering Council sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of professional competence and commitment by which individuals are assessed for professional registration.  These are detailed in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). 

We operate under a Royal Charter to maintain these standards.  This includes licensing professional engineering institutions across all sectors of the profession to champion the standards and assess individual engineers and technicians for registration.  We also work closely with partner organisations such as EngineeringUK, the Royal Academy of Engineering, government, employers and academia, trade associations and unions. 

Please note that the Engineering Council is not a membership body.  Although we hold the national register of professional engineers and technicians, each individual listed is a member of a relevant professional engineering institution, through which they will have been assessed. 

For more information about the Engineering Council and how it operates, see the links below:

About us

Read about how the structure of the Engineering Council, its partners and governance ensures that you can have confidence in the engineering profession

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Our partners

Discover how the Engineering Council works with Professional Engineering Institutions, Professional Affiliates and other key engineering organisations

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Professional registration

Learn about what professional registration with the Engineering Council means, the different titles and how they can assure you of the competence and commitment of registered individuals

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The status of engineers

The use of the word engineer is commonplace in our language, but the Engineering Council’s titles are legally protected

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