Additional designatory letters for registered engineers

IET has teamed up with the City and Guilds of London Institute to offer IET members direct access to the Professional Recognition Awards scheme

Registered members can gain an equivalent membership of City and Guilds through a simplified route, without further assessment.

Professional Recognition Awards are offered under Royal Charter at the three levels of Licentiateship, Graduateship and Membership. They recognise the expertise of those working in industry, commerce and the public services and offer a progressive employment based route to higher level qualifications.

City and Guilds recognises many industries

Although best known within the world of engineering, Professional Recognition Awards are offered by a variety of organisations to recognise academic ability and professional skills. For example:

  • Within the military City and Guilds use the Licentiateship in Leadership to accredit initial officer training for the Army at Sandhurst and for Royal Naval officers at Dartmouth. Accreditation is also available for more senior officers as they gain further skills, experience and promotion through rank;
  • Within the legal field the Graduateship award is used by the College of Law to add value to its qualifying courses for solicitors and barristers by recognising the extra skills of those who have actually gained hands on experience;
  • The Membership award is used to accredit a Masters level programme in Aeronautical Engineering at RAF College Cranwell;
  • The awards are also used directly by companies such as Waitrose who use them to accredit the management training programmes for their branch managers;
  • The awards are also used by over twenty universities in the UK for accrediting vocationally related programmes for which a skills based awards provide a useful additional element.

For engineers City and Guilds have worked closely with the Engineering Council (UK) in mapping the awards against the three levels for registration. City and Guilds are therefore able to admit IET members to the appropriate senior award on the basis of confirmation of membership and the type of EC(UK) registration for which the member is eligible.

Members qualified for Engineering Technician or Information and Communications Technology Technician may obtain a Licentiateship of City and Guilds (LCGI). Members qualified for Incorporated Engineer may obtain a Graduateship of City and Guilds (GCGI). Members qualified for Chartered Engineer may obtain a Membership of City and Guilds (MCGI).

The advantage to the individual in choosing to accept these additional qualifications is :

  • That they thereby get wider recognition across a number of professions;
  • Professional Recognition Awards are an essential validation of employment experience;
  • The City and Guilds name provides potential employers with independent verification of the holder’s abilities, skills and experience, adding value to the award holder’s CV in an increasingly competitive job market;
  • Continued professional development

Interested in finding out more?

Application forms for the awards are available from City and Guilds

As well as gaining a certificate and post nominal letters recipients are invited to attend the annual graduation ceremony in the City of London, where they will wear the approved formal dress of a gown, hood and mortar board.

For more information contact: 

Professional Recognition Awards Section
City and Guilds
1 Giltspur Street
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)844 543 0033