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International Agreements

How to become professionally registered under an international agreement.

The IET currently holds international agreements with Engineers Australia (EA) and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). The IET also recognises the Engineering Council’s Mutual Exemption Agreement with the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ).

If you wish to apply for professional registration under an international agreement, you must be a member of the IET and a professional registered Engineer. For more information please visit the about IET membership page.

International agreements are:

To be eligible, you must:

  • have undertaken a /Professional Interview/Professional Assessment/ Interactive assessment.
  • have gained registration through one of the above institutions via the full assessment process.
  • hold either a Washington Accord [new window] (CEng registration), Sydney Accord [new window] (IEng registration) or Dublin Accord [new window]* (EngTech registration) qualification or substantially equivalent academic qualification.

Please note that if you have registered through another institution’s reciprocal agreement, you are not eligible to apply for registration with the IET using an international agreement.

*Does not apply to the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers agreement.

MEA Institution

Criteria for eligibility

Category of registration applicable

Engineers Australia

CPEng MIEAust - Chartered Professional Engineer and Member of the Engineers Australia in relevant discipline.

Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Engineers Australia

CEngT MIEAust - Chartered Professional Engineer and Member of the Engineers Australia in relevant discipline.

Incorporated Engineer (IEng)

Engineers Australia

CEngA MIEAust - Chartered Professional Engineer and Member of the Engineers Australia in relevant discipline. 

Engineering Technician (EngTech)

Hong Kong Institution of Engineers

MHKIE - Member of HKIE in relevant discipline.

Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Hong Kong Institution of Engineers

AMHKIE - Member of HKIE in relevant discipline.

Incorporated Engineer (IEng)

Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand

CPEng MIPENZ - Chartered Professional Engineer and Member of IPENZ in relevant discipline.

Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand

ETPract TIPENZ - Engineering Technology Practitioner in relevant discipline.

Incorporated Engineer (IEng)

Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand

CertETn AIPENZ - Certified Engineering Technician and Associate Member of IPENZ in relevant discipline.

Engineering Technician (EngTech)

How to apply

Complete the appropriate application form and submit the form and all supporting documentation (including copies of your further or higher education certificate(s), verified by one of your supporters) with your application. Please ensure that you have provided sufficient evidence that demonstrates how you have met the competence/commitment requirements as detailed in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

Aim to choose Supporters who have detailed and up-to-date knowledge of your work so that all the information in the application can be verified. 

Please see below who may act in the roles of Supporter:

  • Engineering Council or international equivalent registered engineer, who is a Member or Fellow of the IET or another professional technical or scientific organisation of equivalent standing, working at a senior level to the candidate, preferably for at least two years, and with direct knowledge of the candidate’s role and responsibilities.
  • Where a registered engineer with direct knowledge of the candidate is not available, the current line manager, or employer, may act as Supporter.
  • The third supporter signature is optional and may be necessary, for example, if you work on contracts, as an additional signature to enable adequate verification of periods for your employment.

Prior to obtaining verification from your supporters, we strongly recommend that you contact a professional registration advisor (PRA) to review your draft application. PRAs are members with detailed knowledge of the requirements and routes to professional registration. If you have any queries, regarding an application for professional registration through an international agreement, please contact the IET’s Registration & Standards International Coordinator:    

Tel: +44 (0) 1438 767 333

Email: profreg@theiet.org