How to apply for Engineering Technician (EngTech)

What do I need to do to become an Engineering Technician (EngTech)?

You can apply to become an Engineering Technician in two ways:

  1. Online via Career Manager, the IET's online skills development and recording tool for a reduced application fee. Watch our video to find out how to apply online using Career Manager;
  2. Via a paper application form which can be requested from our website.

You must be a member of the IET before applying. For more information please visit the 'About membership' page.

What evidence will I need to submit?

You will need to tell us about your involvement in three recently completed technical tasks or projects to illustrate:

  • what you did;
  • how you knew what you had to do;
  • how you reported on what you did;
  • what kind of precautions you took to prevent harm to people, equipment or data.

You will also need to tell us:

  • how you keep in touch with developments in your technical area;
  • how you have continued to develop your knowledge and skills.

You will need to nominate at least one or optionally two supporters to endorse the details of your application.

What qualifications do I need?

There are several different ways in which you may demonstrate the knowledge and understanding to underpin the competences for Engineering Technician registration:

  • a National Certificate or Diploma in Engineering or Construction and the Built Environment;
  • an approved or accredited qualification in engineering or construction at Level 6 in the Scottish Qualification and Credit Framework;
  • a City and Guilds Higher Professional Diploma in Engineering;
  • a technical certificate as part of an IET approved advanced apprenticeship programme;
  • an NVQ 3 or SVQ 3 which has been approved or accredited by a licensed engineering institution;
  • a work-based learning route approved or accredited by a licensed professional engineering institution;
  • qualifications in similar areas that have been assessed as equivalent by a licensed professional engineering institution.

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.

How much does it cost to become an Engineering Technician?

You can find the cost for applying for professional registration on our application fees for professional registration page.

I’m not sure if I’m ready to apply

Contact a professional registration advisor (PRA) if you have any questions about your application. They are able to review draft application forms and advise on whether you are ready to apply to the IET for professional registration.

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 towards becoming an Engineering Technician.

You can begin to compile your evidence using Career Manager. This will help you build evidence until you’re ready to apply to become an Engineering Technician. Career Manager is aligned to the Engineering Council's UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

If you are still unsure, and are on an accredited company scheme, speak to your scheme advisor who will be able to give you further advice.

I still 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 and advice.

+44 (0)1438 211 476

See also:

Competence and commitment standard for Engineering Technician (EngTech)

What happens after applying for Engineering Technician (EngTech)?