Apprentice benefits

Completing an approved apprenticeship scheme is the first step towards recognition as a competent professional, as well as a pathway to career opportunities.

You have worked extremely hard to get where you are now. As an apprentice you should be striving to achieve the best you can for a long rewarding career.  Professional registration is your way to plan for a better future.

Recognisable professional competence 

Registering as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) demonstrates that you have reached a professional level and met the standards set by the Engineering Council.

EngTech is a valuable, portable professional engineering award that:

  • allows you to use "EngTech" letters after your name;
  • is nationally and internationally recognised;
  • is a standard of excellence;
  • is a clear demonstration of your skills;
  • is an independent assessment of your engineering competence;
  • shows a professional commitment to your career;
  • compliments other professional qualifications;
  • is a milestone in the development of a young engineer;
  • seen in many parts of the world as a gold standard of engineering competence.

Increased opportunities

As an apprentice undertaking an IET approved apprenticeship scheme you have been provided with a progression pathway to attain professional status as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) upon successful completion. 

Consider the long-term benefits of registration within your own personal development:

Link to a professional engineering institution (IET)

  • Membership.

Professional recognition

  • Status;
  • UK and overseas opportunities.

Designatory letters EngTech

  • Added value to your CV;
  • Professionalism;
  • Benchmark of engineering excellence.

Increased employability

  • Filter for employers;
  • More skills;
  • Commitment.

Career development

  • Passport to career advancement;
  • More options;
  • Progression to IEng and CEng;
  • Potentially more money.

The IET supports engineers who wish to maintain their competence in a changing world:

  • Professional development to develop and then maintain competence;
  • Professional registration to recognise skills, experience and commitment;
  • Events and conferences to build your competence with the right tools and solutions;
  • Knowledge Network delivering industry information;
  • Up-to-date information and technology delivering publications and information services.

Streamlined route to registration 

All the hard work has already been done for you, by completing an IET approved apprenticeship scheme we already know that you are competent.  Registering for EngTech is therefore very straightforward:

  • Become a member of the IET who is an apprentice - if you are not already a member you can join the IET now;
  • Complete an IET approved apprenticeship scheme - download the apprentice scheme providers list to see if your employer has IET approval;
  • Complete the two page application form - download the application form from the downloads list opposite. Please read the guidance notes at the back of the form to ensure the application is fully completed and the necessary supporting documents are included. You may submit your company development plan or use appendix one of the application form;
  • Issue of IET membership card and welcome pack - upgrading your membership status to TMIET;
  • Validation of Engineering Council EngTech registration - once an application has been successful, your name will be added to the Engineering Council's list of registered engineers. The Engineering Council charges an entrance fee which is collected by the IET upon validation of registration.

If you have not completed an IET approved scheme you can still apply for EngTech registration through the standard route.

For more information contact:

Tel: +44 (0) 1438 767 333
Email: profreg@theiet.org