What do I need to do for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) professional registration?

Incorporated Engineer (IEng) - find out whether you're ready to apply.

Applying for professional registration

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

You can apply for professional registration in one of two ways:

If you're ready to apply for IEng

Familiarise yourself with the Engineering Council's UK-SPEC competence framework which is the standard you need to follow to apply for IEng.


You will need to present evidence to demonstrate your level of competence in both your application form and face-to-face interview.

Evidence of your competence

If you are working towards IEng registration you must show:

  • how you have used your technical and/or engineering knowledge and understanding to apply technology to an aspect of your work;
  • how you have applied theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct, commission, operate, maintain, decommission or recycle a technical/engineering process, system, service or product;
  • where you exercised your technical and commercial management skills;
  • your personal commitment to professional standards and recognition to obligations to society, the profession and the environment.

Technical knowledge and understanding

The list below sets out the different ways in which you may demonstrate the knowledge and understanding to underpin the competences for IEng registration:

  • An accredited Bachelors degree in engineering or technology;
  • A Higher National qualification e.g. HND, or Foundation degree in engineering or technology, plus further learning to Bachelors level;
  • A Higher National qualification started prior to September 1999, e.g. HND or HNC (subject to it meeting certain criteria);
  • Other formal qualifications, eg those gained overseas, assessed by the IET as equivalent in the context of your overall application;
  • Work-based learning, assessed by the IET in the context of your overall application;
  • A combination of the above.

How do I find out if my qualification is accredited for IEng?

Remember that formal education is just one option. If you do not hold a formal qualification, but can provide other evidence of your technical knowledge and understanding, you can still become registered.

I'm ready for professional registration, how do I apply?

Unsure if you're ready to apply for IEng yet?

Contact a professional registration advisor if you have any questions about your application. PRAs are members with detailed knowledge of the requirements and routes to professional registration. They are able to review individual cases and advise on whether a candidate is ready to apply to the IET for professional registration. They will also be able to advise on the presentation aspect of making a formal application.

If you are just starting your professional development and are not ready to apply, you can register your interest and let the IET support you as you undertake initial professional development and work toward professional registration.

You can begin to compile your evidence using Career Manager, which is designed to help you build the evidence base you need to apply for IEng and is aligned to the Engineering Council's UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Information stored in Career Manager will be held until you are ready to apply for professional registration.

If you are still unsure, but are on an accredited company scheme, speak to your scheme advisor who will be able to give you further advice. The IET has a range of accredited company schemes that provide separately assessed knowledge development together with structured professional development.

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.


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