How do I apply for Chartered Engineer (CEng)?

Chartered Engineer (CEng) professional registration - how to apply.

Ready to apply?

You must be a member of the IET before applying for professional registration. For more information please visit the about IET membership page.

If you feel able to demonstrate the appropriate level of competence, you can apply for professional registration in one of two ways:

If not, find out if you're ready to apply.

In your application for CEng you will be asked to give basic details such as your name, contact and membership details, your work experience and details of formal education and training.

Fees for professional registration

You will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee for CEng professional registration. This fee should be paid within seven days of submission of your application in order for the application process to begin.

Professional registration fees are payable in Sterling (GBP £), with special arrangements in some other currencies.

Successful applicants are also required to pay an entrance fee which is collected by the IET on behalf of the Engineering Council. Only on receipt of this payment can your details be sent to the Engineering Council for inclusion on their register. Once your details have been added to the Engineering Council register you are able to use your CEng professional registration designatory letters.

Please note that if payment is not received within three months of notification, your application may be closed.

Who can act as my supporters?

You must nominate one or optionally two / three supporters to endorse the details of your application.

The requirements for a supporter are:

  • Mandatory: a supporter who has known you professionally for two or more years, working at a senior level to you and with direct knowledge of your role and responsibilities, such as your current line manager, employer or PhD Supervisor.  
  • Preferred: As well as the mandatory requirement it is preferable to also choose a supporter who is Engineering Council or international equivalent registered engineer, who is a Member or Fellow of the IET or another Professional Engineering Institute (PEI). 
  • A second and third supporter is optional and may be necessary, for example, if you work on contracts, as an additional signature to enable adequately verified periods for your employment. 

Your supporters are required to:

  • sign copies of any higher education certificate(s) you have submitted to confirm they are true copies;

  • complete and return the Supporter Reference Forms to support your application with your application. Your application cannot progress until Supporter Reference Forms have been received.

Please note:

  • Ensure you follow any instructions and read the guidance notes thoroughly before submitting your application;
  • The application process includes peer assessment by registered engineers who are IET members. These members are not IET staff, but volunteers who have been trained for this purpose. Please familiarise yourself with how we use your data;
  • After an initial review of your career history, you may be asked to provide further evidence to support your application.

Submitted your application? Find out what happens next.

Need help?

You may find answers to some of your questions in the professional registration frequently asked questions.

We will do as much as we can to support you with any aspect of your application, so please get in touch if you need help and advice.


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