Formal qualifications

Formal qualifications to support your application for professional registration.

Formal qualifications and learning programmes

This may apply to you if you have not yet had the opportunity to develop and expand aspects of your competence through your work.

If you fall into this group you are unlikely to be ready to apply for professional registration, eg you have not yet had the opportunity to acquire sufficient evidence from your work-based learning to demonstrate underpinning knowledge and understanding to the benchmark standard.

The IET supports and encourages a wide range of learning programmes. Many degree qualifications are fully accredited and formal education is one of the ways of demonstrating the necessary knowledge and understanding for professional registration:

These lists include many Master's degrees.

Work-based route to professional qualification

The IET supports the recently introduced work-based learning professional engineering programmes offered by a number of UK universities for CEng and IEng. These programmes allow for work-based activities to contribute to the academic award.

Work-based route to professional qualification [new window]

Academic route to professional qualification

The Open University is delighted that some of its engineering and technology qualifications have been accredited.  These are suitable for demonstrating the knowledge and understanding to underpin the competences for professional registration.

The B65 BEng (Honours), F46 MSc in Engineering and M03 MEng have been accredited by the IET; please see the Open University website for more details and to see the IET accredited pathway document.

Open University IET Accreditation [new window]

Employer professional development schemes

Employer accreditation demonstrates that an employer's initial professional development scheme meets the standard requirements for a candidate to register as a professional engineer with the Engineering Council. This standard was devised to meet the needs of employers, and industry has welcomed the flexibility that it affords.

IET Accreditation of employer professional development schemes [new window]

How do you select the right programme for your needs?

The IET can provide advice but the final decision should be made with the help of your employer and advisors.

Continuing professional development

Short coursescontinuing professional development (CPD) seminars or vocational qualifications may provide valuable career development. As evidence of further learning these would be better considered as a component of work-based learning.

Ready to apply?

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

If you feel able to demonstrate the appropriate level of competence, you can apply for professional registration in one of two ways:

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 or advice.


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