Apprentice benefits

Completing an IET approved apprenticeship scheme is the first step towards recognition as a competent professional Engineering or ICT Technician, as well as a pathway to greater 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) or ICT Technician (ICTTech) demonstrates that you have reached the competency standards set by the Engineering Council.

EngTech or ICTTech is a valuable, portable professional engineering award that:

  • allows you to use "EngTech" or "ICTTech" 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) or ICT Technician (ICTTech) upon successful completion. 

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


Designatory letters EngTech or ICTTech

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

Increased employability

  • Filter for employers;
  • Commitment.

Career development

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

TMIET Membership

The IET supports engineers and technicians 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 

Your Apprenticeship is IET Approved.

The IET has mapped the work based competence requirements for EngTech and ICTTech registration against a number of engineering apprenticeship frameworks.

This means so long as you have completed a mapped apprenticeship, proof of competence is not required.  Please contact profreg@theiet.org to check that your apprenticeship is mapped.

Please note that not all pathways will provide a full map. The IET can provide advice about the choice of units.

To apply for registration:

  • Become a member (if not already one) -  join the IET;
  • Download the Approved Apprenticeship Route Registration application form;
  • Complete and have your supporter complete their section;
  • The following documentation must be sent with your application form 
    All certificates issued through the apprenticeship (including the competence unit listing);
  • Sent the application to us (with payment).

Please note: depending upon the qualification units you have completed, you may be asked for further information.

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

For more information contact:

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