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Professional Reviews: Step by Step Guidance

IHE Professional Review

Step 1

Read thoroughly the application form and guidance booklet in the members area of the IHE website for the level of professional registration you wish to apply for. Identify your route of application, the validity of your qualifications and the evidence and support you will need throughout the process.

Step 2

Identify a colleague who is willing to support you as a mentor. Ask IHE to give them access to the Institute’s website. Meet regularly after each Step. Use a Mentoring Agreement if you wish.

Step 3

Open a folder. Put in your academic certificates, CV, job description, organisation chart, appraisal records or CPD record and plan. Draw up a schedule and timeline.

Step 4

Read the Statements of Competence for the relevant grade. Make notes on recent significant projects against each of the statements. Find plans, work programmes, reports, emails, minutes etc. which you produced on these schemes.

Step 5

Fill out your CV so it describes work you have done and the extent of your personal responsibilities. Aim for one page for each five years of employment.

Step 6

Describe in the professional competence statement section of the application form how you meet each of the EC statements using at least two schemes or projects each time.

Step 7

Select the most relevant documents to illustrate the work described. (Remember: quality not quantity.) Prepare a matrix (Word) summarising these documents against the 17 Statements.

Step 8

For the review interview, pick one or two schemes which best demonstrate the range of your experience, ability and responsibility.

There may be projects already described on the forms or you can choose another.

Outline the projects on one side of paper, stressing your role. Identify what documents you will need in order to talk about the schemes at an interview.

Step 9

  • Put all your papers together from Steps 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
  • Ask a senior line manager to complete an Employer Proposer Form 301 (Word).
  • Make 3 copies plus the original and a CD.
  • Send 1 copy of your submission and the CD to IHE.
  • IHE will ask you to send copies to two Reviewers. The Reviewers will assess your experience. If they are satisfied, IHE will arrange an interview. You will receive a copy of the assessments. Practice your presentation and arrange a mock interview. You present your project(s) at the interview and discuss your development. The Reviewers’ recommendation goes to the next IHE Committee for decision. The Reviewers will ask questions to satisfy themselves that you match up to the national standards. You are elected FIHE and registered with the Engineering Council. You may mentor colleagues and become a reviewer yourself.

Step 10

The Reviewers will assess your experience. If they are satisfied, IHE will arrange an interview. You will receive a copy of the assessments. Practice your presentation and arrange a mock interview.

Step 11

You present your project(s) at the interview and discuss your development. The Reviewers’ recommendation goes to the next IHE Committee for decision. The Reviewers will ask questions to satisfy themselves that you match up to the national standards.

Step 12

You are elected FIHE and registered with the Engineering Council. You may mentor colleagues and become a reviewer yourself.

Please refer to our professional review submission deadlines when making your application. These can be found on our main website at www.theihe.org/membership/professional-registration/submission-deadlines/

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