European Routes to Registration

Recognition of EEA and Swiss Qualifications

The mutual recognition of professional qualifications is now governed under The Regulations of Professional Qualifications Amendment (EU Exit) Regulations (2019). The purpose of this legislation is to ensure that a system of recognition of professional qualifications continues and that individuals arriving in the UK with EEA or Swiss qualifications will have the means to seek recognition.

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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Recognition of EEA and Swiss Qualifications

The EU Route was previously governed under the EU MRPQ Directive (2005/36/EC as amended by 2013/55/EU) up until 31 December 2020. Since 1 January 2021, this Directive is no longer applicable to the UK, however the results of those who were previously successful under this Directive remain valid.  The mutual recognition of professional qualifications is now governed under The Regulations of Professional Qualifications Amendment (EU Exit) Regulations (2019). The purpose of this legislation is to ensure that a system of recognition of professional qualifications continues and that individuals arriving in the UK with EEA or Swiss qualifications will have a means to seek recognition.

Please download the below guide to find out if you have a right to recognition, what you need to do, and how the application process works.

Recognition of EEA and Swiss Qualifications Guidance

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 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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