International professional registration advisor

Advise candidates in their countries on the requirements and routes to professional registration.

Primary focus:

  • International professional registration advisors (IPRAs) are appointed to cover a Local Network. They provide advice on professional registration to candidates, act as interview convenors and actively promote IET membership.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • To assist candidates to complete their applications and to present their case in a way that will assist the registration panel in their assessment. You may recommend that candidates send you a completed application form or CV;
  • To give specialist advice, particularly when a candidate for professional registration has been unsuccessful. In such cases copies of the application form and where appropriate, the interview report, are made available to the IPRA;
  • To nominate to the registration group any local IET members who may be interested in assisting as interviewers for professional registration;
  • To deal with queries from candidates mainly in the local network, but occasionally from adjacent networks or from applicants in your technical field, if specialised;
  • Meet candidates face-to-face, or correspond by telephone and email;
  • Occasionally you may also be asked to act as a supporter for a candidate’s application. This will only be required if the applicant has not worked with, or not maintained contact with, other engineers. You would need to meet the applicant and be satisfied that the evidence available matches the competence requirements for registration. In acting as a supporter, the IPRA must be confident that they will be able to complete an inquiry form after the completed application form has been received by the IET. The applicant must be able to find a sponsor that has known him professionally;
  • To arrange the interviews, give appropriate guidance to local interviewers, and prepare the reports which form part of the professional review;
  • Adhere to the IET's data protection policy for volunteers.

Appointment method:

  • Recommendations for an IPRA are made to IET staff. A CV is requested and submitted to a panel of at least three members of the registration group for approval;
  • Following approval by the registration group, nominated IPRAs will be advised of their formal appointment.

Period of appointment:

  • Fixed three year term;
  • Possible re-appointment for another three years, if appropriate.


  • Attendance at a bespoke conference every three years.

Person specification:

  • IPRAs should be fellows (members) of the IET and Engineering Council registered engineers. Wherever possible, they should also have had experience as an interviewer.