Chartered Engineer

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Becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) guarantees global professional recognition and the opportunity to work anywhere in the world.

High status is attached to the CEng qualification – it provides a measure of your skills and professionalism in the engineering community as well as showing your dedication to personal development.
The Engineering Council's UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) characterises Chartered Engineers by 'their ability to develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems, using new or existing technologies, promote advanced designs and design methods, introduce new and more efficient production techniques, marketing and construction concepts, or pioneer new engineering services and management methods.  Chartered Engineers are variously engaged in technical and commercial leadership and possess effective interpersonal skills.'
Achieving this professional peer recognition may be more straightforward than you think.

How do I become a Chartered Engineer?

The first stage in the process is to submit a request for an initial assessment. All you need to do is click here.
There are two routes to CEng; the Standard Route and the Individual Route.

Click here to see the related fees.

Click here to view the professional review dates.

Standard Route

The Standard Route is appropriate if you have qualifications that are accredited by the Engineering Council as exemplifying the required underpinning knowledge and understanding for CEng. Details of accredited qualifications can be found on the Engineering Council's database (see
Interim registration is available to those who have obtained the academic base for either IEng or CEng, but do not yet possess the relevant practical experience to meet the competency requirements for full registration. Having interim registration will demonstrate to employers your enthusiasm, drive and commitment to both your career and the profession.
How do I gain interim registration?
  1. To be eligible for interim registration you must:

    - Be a Graduate Member, Associate Member, Member or Fellow  

    - Have undertaken an Initial Assessment. CIHT will confirm if you are eligible for Interim Registration. For more information, please see Initial Assessment.

    - Complete and submit the form available in MyCIHT (you will need to log in to the members' area)

    - Pay the initial registration fee of £13.90 and thereafter the annual fee of £13.90

  2. What next?
    Once your application has been approved, the Engineering Council will issue you with an IEng or CEng interim registrant certificate. Then, over the next few years you will be able to work towards full registration as an IEng or CEng. 
    We would strongly advise that you work with a mentor to ensure you  are developing your knowledge, competence and understanding of engineering principles through work experience. If you do not yet have a mentor, you are advised to contact your employer, your local CIHT Region or register on mentor-match-me, CIHT’s on-line mentor database.

Individual Route

If you do not have exemplifying qualifications, CIHT will consider your application under the Individual Route. Via this route, you must clearly demonstrate that you have achieved the same level of knowledge and understanding as those with exemplifying qualifications. This can be  done by:
  • Writing a technical report of further learning report which demonstrates knowledge and understanding of engineering principles
  • Further academic study
  • Specific learning in a workplace environment



 Your initial assessment will identify the most appropriate option(s) for you.

What next?

When your educational base has been assessed and approved by CIHT, you may proceed to Professional Review. This involves submitting a Portfolio of Evidence and attending a Professional Review Interview to demonstrate that you have reached the CEng competence standard set by the Engineering Council.
For a copy of the CEng candidate guidance notes contact the Education team (