All members making a registration application are encouraged to consult one of our Professional Registration Advisors to reduce the risk of an unsuccessful application. Advice and support are provided free of charge and the fee for formal assessment is (by UK standards) modest.
Overall the IET gains nothing financially from unsuccessful registration applications and sometimes suffers the ire of those who are disappointed. As has been pointed out, the IET conducts an assessment process under Engineering Council regulations, in which fine judgements are made by trained volunteer members. The number of disappointed members has been running at circa 10% of applications, including some where we have to formally advise our member to apply for a different category of registration, more appropriate to the evidence of achievement presented. In a small number of situations we may consider ourselves not currently competent enough to assess to our usual standards, in a specialist area of activity. In such cases we refund the assessment fee.
My advice to any member would be
. Please do not apply for registration as a Chartered Engineer unless you can present evidence of sustained achievement in a technically leading role underpinned by excellent academic qualifications and/or very substantial work-based learning gained over an extended period.
. Please do not apply for registration as an Incorporated Engineer unless you can present evidence of sustained achievement in a professional engineering role underpinned by strong formal qualifications and/or substantial work-based learning gained over an extended period.
. Please do not apply for registration as a Technician unless you can present evidence of sustained achievement as a competent practitioner underpinned by good formal qualifications and/or work-based learning gained over a significant period.
There are of course some finer points and grey areas, but if all potential applicants kept these tests in mind there would be fewer disappointments.
Please also note that we seek to ensure independence of judgement from any improper influence, so the judgement is not about you, it is about the quality of your evidence, verified by an interview. For disappointed applicants there is always the possibility of success at a later time, if they can improve their evidence of achievement. However, please note that the passage of time alone, is not evidence of achievement, although some of our older members might disagree!
Roy Bowdler IEng FIET FCIPD
IET Registration & Standards
01 April 2014 at
04:21 PM by