European Routes to Registration

EU Route to UK Professional Registration

If you are a citizen of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) who is qualified to practice as an Engineer in your home EU/EEA Member State, then you may apply for CEng, IEng or EngTech registration in the UK under the provisions of EU Directive 2005/36/EC, as amended by Directive 2013/55/EC.

 

EUR ING Registration

Professional engineers and engineering technicians who are registered with the Engineering Council can be recognised across the EU and the EEA in accordance with the above EU legislation.

 

 

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EU Route to UK Professional Registration

The EU Directive on MRPQ was established in order to make it easier for EU/EEA countries to recognise each other’s professional qualifications. From 1 January, 2021 this legislation will no longer apply to the UK. UK professionals seeking recognition in EU/EEA countries will now be treated as third country nationals and recognition will be based on the applicable rules of each individual EU/EEA country. The scope of regulation and details of activities which may require registration can found in the EU Single Market Regulated Professions Database. In most EU/EEA countries, registration is not compulsory in order to work as an engineer and we have no reason to believe that applications for recognition will be refused.

Previous recognition decisions concerning UK professionals, that were made when the UK was a member of the EU, continue to be valid. This means that engineers who, for example, were awarded an EU/EEA professional title before 1 January 2021 are still entitled to use that title.

For individuals with an EU/EEA/Swiss qualification, the Recognition of Professional Qualifications Amendment (EU Exit) Regulations (2019) came into effect from 1 January 2021 and provides a route for professionals seeking recognition in the UK.

EUR ING Registration

The Engineering Council is the UK National Member of the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI). 

The title provides a guarantee of competence for professional engineers, in order to:

  • allow practicing engineers to move within and outside the geographical area represented by FEANI's member countries
  • ensure mutual recognition of qualifications, should engineers wish to practice outside their own country
  • encourage the continuous improvement in the quality of engineers by setting, monitoring and reviewing standards

All applications for EUR ING registration are assessed by FEANI’s European Monitoring Committee (EMC). This meets three times a year (2020 dates below). The assessment process may take up to 6 months or longer if your application is incomplete or the EMC requests further information.

EUR ING registrants are entitled to use the title EUR ING in front of their name e.g. EUR ING J Smith CEng.


Are you eligible to apply for EUR ING registration through CIHT?

UK applicants must:

If you are professionally registered in another European country, you should contact the FEANI National Member for that country for information about how to apply.


Fee

£210.00 (payable online via your MyCIHT account). You must renew your EUR ING registration every five years and renewals currently cost £45.00. You will be sent an invoice by the Engineering Council towards the end of the five year period to remind you to renew your registration.


How to Apply

FEANI are very specific about how they would like the application form to be completed. Please make sure that you carefully read the EUR ING Applicant Guidance Notes to ensure that the form is completed correctly.

To apply, please submit the following documents to education@ciht.org.uk

  • A complete EUR ING application form downloaded from the FEANI website
  • Copies of your qualifications and CEng certificate
  • Chronology or overview CV of your professional engineering job titles/brief job description with dates, signed and dated by you
  • A signed and dated letter from your current employer certifying that the information provided in your curriculum vitae is accurate
  • Professional Engineer Experience Section (download from the FEANI website)

We will check and process your application before sending it to the Engineering Council for assessment. The assessment decision will be sent to you directly by the Engineering Council.

You can submit your application at any time, but closing dates for the next meeting are usually 6 weeks in advance.

Application Deadlines and Meeting Dates - 2021

Panel 1: 2 March 2021

  • FINAL date for applications to be received by the Engineering Council: 9 March 2021

Panel 2: 3 June 2021

  • FINAL date for applications to be received by the Engineering Council: 13 May 2021

Panel 3: TBC

  • FINAL date for applications to be received by the Engineering Council: TBC
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