Serves on panels to evaluate applications for professional registration.

Primary focus:

Stage two:

To serve on a panel, usually made up of two assessors and one moderator, to evaluate applications for professional registration. The panel considers a written submission from the candidate which they use to decide whether the application should proceed to the professional review interview stage.

Stage four:

The role of the stage four assessor is to review all evidence provided at stages one to three, then to use expert judgment to arrive at a reasoned view on whether the applicant should be registered.


Main duties and responsibilities:

Stage two:

  • The role of the assessor is to identify whether the applicant has applied for the correct category of registration, and to assess deficits in experience or underpinning knowledge and understanding;
  • The assessor is asked to give an expert judgment on the competence and underpinning knowledge and understanding (UKU) of the candidate as revealed by the written submission. Deficiencies in the application should be identified, with reference to the relevant Engineering Council learning outcomes and competence statement, and, where appropriate, suggestions should be made as to how these can be rectified;
  • Adhere to the IET's data protection policy for volunteers.

Stage four:

  • The assessor operates as a member of a registration panel;
  • The panel takes into consideration: the application form, the reports from the candidate’s supporters, the interviewers’ recommendation and any further information demonstrated to be relevant to the case;
  • The panel should aim to achieve a consensus on the merits of the application, but in the event of disagreement the final decision rests with the registrar;
  • Adhere to the IET's data protection policy for volunteers.


  • The assessment registration panels are not standing committees; they are formed as necessary for the purpose of dealing with a particular case. Normally, the panel should consist of a registrar and two or three assessors;
  • For any particular applicant, to form the panel, the registration co-ordinator will identify an appropriate moderator/registrar and team of assessors, as best-fit for the particular purpose and reasonableness of demand on the time of those involved. The registrar shall agree the team of assessors with the registration co-ordinator.

Appointment method:

  • The registration and standards committee delegates responsibility for the appointment of assessors to the registration group;
  • Nominations are received from existing assessors, committee members, staff, and through self nomination;
  • CVs are reviewed by a panel formed of at least three members of the Registration Group, and approved if agreed.

Period of appointment:

  • Initial three year term;
  • Possible reappointment for another three years, if appropriate.


  • Newly appointed assessors attend a registration workshop organised by the IET.

Person specification:

  • An assessor must be an IET member and a registered engineer;
  • Wherever possible, they should have had experience in an active role on a committee or group, or as an interviewer.