Work-based learning to support your application for professional registration.
Work-based learning means the knowledge and understanding that you have developed through experience. Learning occurs over time as new knowledge and understanding updates and builds on a previous level of understanding.
Learning does not occur by simply listing your experiences, but by researching, identifying new knowledge and then by reflecting on experience and drawing from the knowledge of others to increase your own understanding. In an educational context, this might involve formalised research activities. Most employers also offer a range of sources of knowledge, including experienced colleagues or specialists acting as mentors or coaches.
The term work-based learning does not imply that learning occurs only at work, but that the knowledge and understanding that have developed are applied and challenged through work practice.
If you are practising to the same standard as a professionally registered engineer, but do not hold formal qualifications at the right level:
The IET will contact you if this type of evidence is required when you apply for professional registration.
Your evidence will be assessed in the context of your overall application. If you have:
This interview will be carried out separately to your professional review interview, although on some occasions, they may be held on the same day.
If you are asked to attend a technical interview, you will need to satisfy the technical interviewers that you have gained the appropriate level of underpinning knowledge and understanding before you can be successful at a professional review interview.
For alternative options, see formal qualifications.
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:
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.