Chartered Engineer (UK)
In the United Kingdom, a chartered engineer is an engineer registered with the Engineering Council (the British regulatory body for engineers). Contemporary chartered engineers are degree-qualified and have gained professional competencies through training and experience. The formation process of a chartered engineer generally consists firstly of an accredited Master in Engineering degree and secondly a minimum of four to six years professional post graduate experience. The title chartered engineer is protected by civil law. The Engineering Council regulates professional engineering titles in the UK. There are no laws governing the practice of engineering in the UK. With more than 180,000 registrants from many countries, designation as a chartered engineer is one of the most recognizable international engineering qualifications.
Qualifications required for registration
According to the Engineering Council, chartered engineers "are characterized by their ability to develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems, using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change. They might develop and apply new technologies, promote advanced designs and design methods, introduce new and more efficient production techniques, marketing and construction concepts, pioneer new engineering services and management methods. Chartered engineers are variously engaged in technical and commercial leadership and possess interpersonal skills."
Designation as a PE in the U.S. or PEng in Canada is a license to practice based upon core qualification elements of technical practice and education. CEng is an international qualification brand and a benchmark. To receive designation as a CEng, it is required in addition to engineering education on MEng level or equivalent UKSPEC training and experience to also demonstrate significant technical (design competencies) and commercial leadership and management competencies.
For registration as a CEng, candidates must demonstrate that they are professionally competent through education, training and professional practice. Although many current chartered engineers have Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, honours degrees in engineering, science or mathematics, since 1997 it has been necessary to demonstrate further learning most commonly by completion of a four or five-year (in England and Wales) or five or six-year (in Scotland) integrated MEng degree, or by gaining an appropriate masters degree following completion of a three or four-year (in England and Wales) or four or five-year (in Scotland) honours baccalaureate degree in engineering or a cognate subject. The details of these engineering degrees are available on the Engineering Council website.
Candidates are also required to demonstrate an appropriate level of professional competence to practice. This is accomplished through evidence gained from years of professional development, and by a professional review, interview and technical presentation in front of a professional board. The candidate's competence is further assessed during the final stage of assessment (professional review interview), conducted by two chartered engineers and a chairperson. A full description of the requirements for registration appears at the Engineering Council's website. Overall, it takes a minimum of eight years — but most often at least 10 years — of university education and postgraduate training to achieve the chartered engineer qualification. Chartered engineers are recognized in Europe as regulated professions, by the Directive 2005/36.
Chartered engineers are entitled to use the suffix 'CEng' after names as a means of emphasising their status with the Engineering Council. They can also make use of a logo, which is intended primarily for use in correspondence and on business cards. This is restricted to use by Engineering Council registrants only, through approval by the patent office for its registration as a certification mark. This is written after honours, decorations and academic/university, but before letters denoting membership of professional engineering institutions. When a chartered engineer has more than one institution membership conferring designatory letters, the institution through which the holder is registered as a chartered engineer appears immediately after CEng, with other memberships following in order of the institution's foundation dates.
The level of competence required for registration as a chartered engineer in the U.K. is comparable to many continental European countries that require masters-level education for registration as a professional engineer. Since the Engineering Council moved to undergraduate masters-level and postgraduate Master of Science qualifications required for registration, there have been inconsistencies in the Washington Accord agreement on the recognition of academic qualifications. M.Eng degrees in Canada for example take 1-2 years to complete on top of a 4 year Bachelor Engineering degree for a total of 5-6 years versus 4-5 years in the UK.
Chartered engineers are entitled to register through the European Federation of National Engineering Associations as a European engineer and use the pre-nominal of Eur Ing.
Bodies qualified to register Chartered Engineers
- Institute of Acoustics
- Royal Aeronautical Society
- Institution of Agricultural Engineers
- British Computer Society
- Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
- Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
- Institute of Cast Metals Engineers
- Institution of Chemical Engineers
- Institution of Civil Engineers
- Energy Institute
- Institution of Engineering and Technology
- Institution of Engineering Designers
- Society of Environmental Engineers
- Institute of Explosive Engineers (IExpE)
- Institution of Fire Engineers
- Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers
- Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management
- Institution of Lighting Professionals
- Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
- Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
- Institute of Measurement and Control
- Institution of Mechanical Engineers
- Royal Institution of Naval Architects
- British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing
- Institution of Nuclear Engineers
- Society of Operations Engineers
- Institute of Physics
- Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
- Institution of Railway Signal Engineers
- Institution of Royal Engineers
- Institution of Structural Engineers
- Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
- Institution of Water Officers
- The Welding Institute
- Institution of Engineers
- Chartered Institution of CIVIL ENGINEERING SURVEYORS -CICES
Some of these institutions also register incorporated engineers and engineering technicians. There are other Engineering Council U.K. licensed member institutions that register incorporated engineers and engineering technicians, but do not register chartered engineers.
- Chartered Environmentalist
- Chartered Chemist
- Chartered IT Professional
- Chartered Physicist
- Chartered Scientist
- Master of Engineering
- Master of Science in Engineering
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- Engineering Council UK. ECUK Institution Details. Retrieved 13 July 2007
- Engineering Council UK. FEANI Registration and the EurIng Title. Retrieved 13 July 2007
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- Institution of Engineering and Technology. Use of designatory letters. Retrieved 13 July 2007
- Institution of Engineering and Technology. The Chartered Engineer Qualification. Retrieved 13 July 2007
- Engineering and Technology Board (UK)
- Engineering Council UK
- SCENTA (UK)