Technician professional registration for students

Making more of your industrial placement year.

Student technician booklet Why technician professional registration matters

As you prepare to enter the world of work, it's critical to align your skills and experience with the needs of the businesses which will look to employ you.

In 2013 employers highlighted that the gap between what they need from their recruits and the skills graduates have to offer has grown bigger than ever, with 42% of employers surveyed stating that "recent engineering, IT and technical recruits did not meet reasonable expectations for levels of skills".

It's an astonishing statistic.

However, they also made it plain that undergraduates achieving professional registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) and / or ICT Technician (ICTTech) on completion of their year in industry will have a distinct advantage when it comes to finding employment upon graduation.

It's clear that employers believe professional registration shows that students have gained the initial competence to complement their academic study. They think it also demonstrates a commitment to maintaining competence and an ongoing focus on professional standards.

We agree; and technician professional registration from the IET is the practical solution which delivers for employers and for you.

Download the technician professional registration for students guide below:


Your next steps

Introducing professional registration into your industrial placement year will enhance your skills, build on your academic achievements and provide you with an industry-recognised professional qualification before you graduate.

It's up to you to make it happen.

1. Make sure you are a member of the IET.

Check with you university if you are unsure whether membership of the IET has been paid for as part of your degree course. If you are not a member, join us today.

2. Ensure you have set up an online account with the IET

It's the only way to access key online tools to support your professional registration application. To set up an online account - register at the top of the IET homepage.

3. Speak to your university careers representative and/or industry placement coordinator

Talk to them about technician professional registration for students and show them the university guide which can be downloaded below:


4. Already in contact with your placement employer?

If you are already in contact with your placement employer, find out whether they have seen the employer guide which can be downloaded below:


 Discuss the next steps and make your placement count.

Examples of students that have gained professional registration

As an IT student, Jonathan Donovan was able to gain ICTTech status through a yearlong placement at Morgan Stanley.

James Clayton was able to gain the experience necessary to apply for Engineering Technician (EngTech) status by working as a student electronic engineer at Apollo Fire Detectors.

Bavly Obaid became professionally registered as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) through his industrial placement as an application support engineer at Cummins.

Robel Yemane was able to gain two categories of professional registration through a year-long industry placement at Blackberry.

Contact us

We are here to answer any questions that you may have about student technician professional registration. Please contact us on the details below:

Email: academic-partners@theiet.org