European Engineer (Eur Ing, or Eur-Ing., sometimes given in all-caps or small caps: EUR ING, EUR-ING., etc.) is an international professional qualification and title for highly qualified engineers used in over 32 European countries. The title is pre-nominal, i.e. it is placed before rather than after the name as in the case of a post-nominal title such as that for academic degrees (however, in some European countries, academic degrees are also pre-nominal).
The title is granted after successful application to a national member of the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI) which includes representation from many European countries, including much of the European Union. It allows a person who has an engineering degree and usually an engineering professional qualification in one of the member countries to use the qualification in others, but this depends on local legislation.
In providing an acceptable common and highly professional standard, the European Engineer requires proven experience and competency in the application of scientific knowledge, level of professional skill, safety and environmental consciousness, sense of responsibility and the ability to communicate within the level of supervision received and given. A minimum total period of seven years formation and practice, consisting of an accredited engineering degree, further advanced training and extensive responsible professional experience, is required by FEANI for the EUR ING title.
Recognition of the qualification and title are generally not specifically incorporated into national law. In all cases approval is only after peer review by the appropriate national engineering society. The EU Directive 89/48/EEC generally exempts a bearer from additional examination in the European Union. Names are also placed on the FEANI Register maintained by FEANI in addition to national member registers.
Internationally, Canada is one of the countries that offers recognition of the qualification, in particular, for the licensing requirements pertaining to professional Canadian engineers.
Ireland and the UK
In Ireland and the United Kingdom, the Chartered Engineer title is a prerequisite requirement for an application for the EUR ING title. In the United Kingdom the Privy Council has approved the use of the title, which can be displayed on a British passport.
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