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Getting started for professional registration

Getting started for professional registration.

If you are starting out in your career or have recently moved into a responsible role, below is a summary of the initial professional development process.

Just started

Candidates should register their intention to work towards professional registration by submitting an Intent to Register form. Submitting this form is free to members and can be done using our online professional development system Career Manager. If you are unable to submit this via Career Manager, you can download a copy of the form for submission. 

Once we have received your form we will send you information on how to progress with your initial professional development and you will receive regular email bulletins  which detail what you can do at each stage and how we can support you toward professional registration.

In order to help you stay on track the IET have produced some guidance and checklists for those working toward professional registration as well as providing some frequently asked questions (faqs) on initial professional development.

Check your education

Demonstration of competence is the key to professional registration (CEng, IEng, EngTech or ICTTech); that competence has to be underpinned by the appropriate technical knowledge and understanding.

There are exemplifying qualifications that meet the underpinning knowledge and understanding component. Candidates who do not have exemplifying qualifications can demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in alternative ways.  The easiest way to show this is through formal qualifications but this can also be done through work-based learning or a mix of formal and work-based opportunities.

Starting your development 

Starting your development is often an automatic process because there is a steep learning curve when you begin a new role and you will quickly develop a number of skills and gain new insights and build on your existing knowledge.  The more difficult part of starting out is identifying when learning has taken place and considering how this has affected your practice.  One development activity undertaken by two engineers may result in different learning experiences for each of them depending on their individual career goals and the conclusions they draw from the activity.  

The important thing when you start your development is identifying your goal and keeping a record of conclusions as this will help you to develop a record of your learning and consider the next steps in your development.  For professional registration this will contribute towards your portfolio of evidence – a record of the competence gained as you work toward professional registration.  

Mapping Learning to Competence

As you undertake tasks or development activities it is advisable to keep the professional registration competence and commitment statements in mind.  Consider how the task might meet a competence and to what degree it meets the requirements and discuss with your mentor or line manager how you might make the most of each opportunity.  You will likely go through this process a number of times before becoming an autonomous engineer.  Using Career Manager you can undertake a competence assessment and record your experiences against the relevant competence.  You can also set objectives for areas you wish to develop and record these for future development.

Reviewing Progress

As you gain experience, you will need to review your progress to consider how you have improved.  It is advisable to undertake this review with a line manager or mentor in order to benchmark your achievements and get advice on how these support your development toward professional registration.  As you build up a breadth of experience and gain further evidence for your portfolio of evidence you will find that some previous examples are superseded by more recent experience and records of older evidence can be archived to make space for your current levels of progress and future plans.

Evidence of development and work activities that may be suitable to meet the competence and commitment requirements can be stored and indexed in a portfolio of evidence or referenced in your Career Manager record.  

Almost ready to apply

Eventually you will be working, unsupervised, at the appropriate level and will have gathered enough evidence to cover all of the competence and commitment statements. Discussions with a line manager or mentor are likely to confirm that you are ready to submit an application.  You should start to prepare your best examples of competence evidence, do a final skills gap analysis to cover any outstanding areas or what your next steps might be and prepare to make an application.

Once you are ready to apply

Once it is clear that a sufficient case can be made for professional registration, you should prepare your application and your supporters should sign it.   

It is recommended that you discuss your application with a professional registration advisor (PRA) before submission to the IET.  

If you feel able to demonstrate the appropriate level of competence, download a professional registration application pack.