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Royal Signals routes to professional registration

RSIGNALS routes to CEng, IEng and ICTTech and EngTech.

To avoid duplication for applicants in demonstrating competence, the IET has recognised the particularly rigorous internal training and competence assessment systems employed by RSIGNALS and has been able to use this to underpin part of the process for registration applications.

There are two routes available for RSIGNALS personnel, via a special registration agreement for CEng, IEng, ICTTech and EngTech, and additionally for personnel having completed an apprenticeship within the last three years, through a series of approved apprenticeship pathways for ICTTech.

Once you have established that you meet the criteria laid out below, you are eligible to apply for professional registration. 

Royal Signals special registration agreement

Eligibility criteria

These routes have been defined by a series of benchmarks which form the eligibility criteria for each category of registration as follows:

CEng

Criteria:

Hold the substantive rank of at least Warrant Officer in the Royal Signals in an engineering supervisory trade or Major for Direct Entry officers.

Technical Officer (TOT)

Have demonstrated CEng competence including underpinning knowledge through FofS service and more than three years technical engineering experience in role as commissioned TOT. Late Entry commissioned rank Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel (or as a Warrant Officer FofS in exceptional cases).

Technical Officer Telecommunications (Information Systems) (TOT(IS))

Have demonstrated CEng competence including underpinning knowledge through FofS(IS) service and more than four years technical engineering experience in the role as a commissioned TOT (IS). Late Entry commissioned rank Captain, Major or Lieutenant Colonel (or as a Warrant Officer FofS in exceptional cases).

Direct Entry Officer

Hold the minimum rank of Major with proven capability in at least two technical SO2 appointments underpinned by an accredited technical Masters degree or equivalent technical Master level learning;

Or

Clear demonstration to the satisfaction of the IET achievement of the same level of knowledge and understanding as the above.

IEng

Criteria:

Hold the substantive rank of at least SSgt in the Royal Signals in an engineering supervisory trade or Capt as a Direct Entry officer;

Have completed at least one technical engineering appointment, post completion of training, in the minimum substantive rank for at least 2 years.

Foreman of Signals (FofS)

Completion of the FofS course including the successful completion of the linked Bachelors Degree and two year subsequent experience in the role

Foreman of Signals Information Systems (FofS(IS))

Completion of the FofS (IS) course including successful completion of the linked Bachelors Degree and more than three years subsequent in the role

Captain (Direct Entry)

Demonstrated technical capability in engineering underpinned by a relevant Bachelors Degree or technical Bachelor level learning. Must have completed Troop Commanders course, plus on year Royal Signals Field Squadron. Minimum of total of four years’ service following RMAS (Sandhurst) Commissioning Course;

Or

Clear demonstration to the satisfaction of the IET achievement of the same level of knowledge and understanding as the above.

ICT Technician (ICT Tech)

Communication Systems Engineer (Non-Supervisory) or Installation Technician

Class Three training completed plus two years’ service in trade and completion of the ICT Tech workbook or Class One training completed.

Communication Systems Operator (CS Op) or CS Op EW (Electronic Warfare)

At rank of Sgt- Class Three Trade Training plus three years experience in trade (including attaining Class Two) and completion of the ICT Tech workbook. At rank of SSgt – Class One training with at least three years’ service after Phase 2 training.

Yeoman of Signals (YofS) or YofS Electronic Warfare (EW);

On appointment.

Or

Clear demonstration to the satisfaction of the IET achievement of the same level of knowledge and understanding as the above.

 

Engineering Technician (EngTech)

A suitable qualification at QCF3 (or SCQF or EQF equivalent or above)

Or

Clear demonstration to the satisfaction of the IET achievement of the same level of knowledge and understanding as the above.


How to apply through the special registration agreement

You will need to become a member of the IET before applying for professional registration.  For more information please visit the Armed Forces IET Membership page.

Please download the application pack using the link below.  

Download a professional registration application pack

For CEng or IEng, the application form, once completed, should be sent with payment to the Royals Signals scheme coordinator:

 

C2 WLD
HQ R SIGNALS
Griffin House
Blandford
Dorset
DT11 8RH

The Royal Signals scheme coordinator will then check your application to ensure the requirements have been met, before forwarding your application to the IET.


For ICTTech andEngTech, your application should be supported by the current Royal Corps of Signals signatory and then submitted directly to the IET at the address on the application form.

Royal Signals IET approved apprenticeship route for EngTech and ICTTech

(For Royal Signals personnel that have completed an IET approved apprenticeship started after October 2008)

By completing an apprenticeship approved by the IET, a graduating apprentice is entitled to apply for Engineering Technician (EngTech) or ICT Technician (ICTTech) professional registration with the Engineering Council.

Mapped work-based learning

The IET has mapped a number of technical or engineering Level 3 S/NVQ qualifications against the requirements for EngTech and ICTTech professional registration with the Engineering Council.

Normally, in order to register, evidence has to be supplied to prove that a candidate is competent. This takes the form of a written report of projects or pieces of work that demonstrate competence.

However, if you have completed an IET approved apprenticeship, the completion of the S/NVQ is evidence enough, providing your choice of units creates a mapped pathway.

How to apply for EngTech or ICTTech through the approved apprenticeship route

You will need to become a member of the IET before applying for professional registration.  For more information please visit the Armed Forces IET Membership page.

Please check the full list of approved apprenticeship scheme providers before applying through this route.

Please download the application pack using the link below.  

Download a professional registration application pack

Need help?

Should you have any questions or problems downloading the application pack, please contact us:

Email: armedforces@theiet.org