Answers to common queries with regards to Professional Advantage membership.
Professional Advantage is the IET's membership package for early career engineers between 5 and 6 years from graduation, offering a discounted membership fee of only £90 per year up to a maximum of 2 years instead of our standard rate of £133 (for 2013). Professional Advantage is the third step of our IET Advantage programme and follows on from our IET Graduate Advantage and Career Advantage packages. For more information on Graduate Advantage and Career Advantage packages please visit About IET Advantage.
The key benefit of Professional Advantage is that it is designed, as the name would suggest, to guide you on the way to being a professional engineer. If you are working towards professional registration (CEng or IEng) we will provide you with a plan of suggested goals to guide you towards registration, building on the goals provided under Career Advantage. Throughout the Professional Advantage membership period the IET will be supporting your career and keeping you up-to-date with events, knowledge and communities, which will be important to keep you up-to-date in your engineering career.
Yes, being on Graduate or Career Advantage is not a prerequisite for joining Professional Advantage. As long as you meet the eligibility criteria for Professional Advantage you will be able to take advantage of this package.
Professional Advantage is for people who graduated between 5 and 6 years ago. The number of years Professional Advantage discount you receive depends on when you sign up. If you sign up in your fifth year after graduation you will receive 2 years at £90 and if you join in your sixth year after graduation you will receive 1 years at £90. You will need to be, or become, a Member with MIET to be eligible to join Professional Advantage in either of the years.
Go to the Join IET Advantage page, download and complete the Member application and payment form (remember to tick the Professional Advantage box) and then post them, with payment, to the Membership Processing Team, The IET, Michael Faraday House, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 2AY, UK
Professional Advantage already offers membership at a greatly reduced price and therefore, there are no further discounts on this rate.
Yes, as long as you graduated between 5 and 6 years ago you can join as a new member and sign straight onto Professional Advantage. To join the IET and sign up to Professional Advantage, please complete and return the Member application form which can be downloaded from the Join IET Advantage page.
From 2014 we will automatically be offering you renewal into Professional Advantage where your records show that you graduated between 5 and 6 years ago. If your graduation date fits into that time scale but your next renewal is prior to January 2014 please contact IET Member & Customer Service centre on +44 (0) 1438 765678 to request renewal onto Professional Advantage.
It depends on your renewal date. If you are eligible for Professional Advantage and have paid your renewal at the full standard membership rate within the last 3 months you may be eligible for a refund. Please call the member and customer service centre on +44 (0) 1438 765678 to learn more.
Yes, Professional Advantage is only open to MIET's, as we believe that the package and communications are more suitable to those at MIET level. If you have not already made the transfer to MIET, you should apply for a transfer of membership (subject to assessment). To transfer your membership, please go to the Transfer or upgrade your membership page.
As a part-time post graduate student you are not eligible for student membership, however as long as you graduated within the last 5 to 6 years you will be eligible for Professional Advantage. If you graduated in the past year you are eligible for Graduate Advantage, for graduates between 1 and 4 years from course end date Career Advantage will be the applicable entry point to the IET Advantage programme.
If you sign up to Professional Advantage in your 6th year after graduation you will be entitled to one final year of membership at £90, plus you will receive all the other benefits of Professional Advantage with access to the support, guidance and encouragement particularly useful if you are working on your way to, or considering making the move towards Professional Registration.
Members can still sign up to any part of the Advantage programme if they are mature students, the only restriction is that they must be either be in their final year of studying or with in the first 6 years from graduating. For Professional Advantage members must join within the period 5 to 6 years of graduating and complete the transfer to Member with MIET.
Professional Advantage is available to students and graduates of engineering or technology related degrees across the world. The only country at the moment from which it is not possible to join is China (not including Hong Kong). For applicants from India, India has its own version of Professional Advantage and details on this are available through the IET India website (www.theiet.in/advantage/professional.html). Applications from all other parts of the world are processed through the UK.
Professional Advantage is the third and final part of the IET Advantage Programme and once you reach the end of this scheme we will automatically offer you renewal back into standard membership and the standard membership rate. You will still be able to access the Advantage material on the website which will give continued guidance if you are still on the road to Professional Registration and your membership status will remain as a Member with MIET allowing you to still use these designatory letters.