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IHE Professional Certificates and Diplomas are ideal for individuals who have been working in the industry but haven’t been able to obtain an academically endorsed qualification.

What is the difference between a Professional Certificate and Diploma?

Professional Certificate Professional Diploma
Candidates will be able to demonstrate an awareness and knowledge of various core aspects. In addition to the Professional Certificate level, candidates will need to be able to demonstrate their ability to solve problems and lead.

IHE Professional Certificates and Diplomas

  • are awarded by IHE appointed independent steering panels, which include representatives from various governing bodies, organisations and companies.
  • accredit skill and competency as a specialist highways practitioner and can provide evidence of competence to employers. The IHE competency statements are industry-tested and exemplify what practitioners are expected to know and deliver in the work place.
  • provide a foundation for national qualifications and, subject to demonstrating the appropriate academic qualifications and competency, can also contribute to an application for Engineering Council registration.

They are offered in a wide range of specialist highway areas and all highway practitioners can apply.  IHE membership is not required and there is no specific need for academic qualifications or professional grade.  Applicants are required to complete assignments and/or a portfolio of evidence, which are compiled into a submission; they may also be required to attend an interview with appointed senior professionals.

There are two routes to achieving a Professional Certificate or Diploma through the IHE –
the Course Route or the Knowledge Based Route.

Course Route Knowledge Based Route
A structured training programme will deliver the skills and information required for achievement of an IHE Professional Certificate or Diploma and this can also lay the foundation for Professional Registration.

Firstly, you should decide which level you wish to attain and then attend the dedicated training course. The IHE offers qualifications at two levels through the course route:

  • Certificate or Diploma

You will receive a Certificate of Attendance with CPD just for attending the course. Once you successfully complete the course you can then apply for the Professional Certificate or Diploma.

All Certificate level courses have an additional day set aside to make an application for EngTech Professional Registration for delegates who have successfully passed the course.

Most courses are delivered throughout the year in the clean, contemporary setting of our Birmingham office space and meeting rooms. This centrally located venue in Birmingham Brindleyplace gives excellent connectivity across the UK. Courses are also run at our main London office, regionally and as an in-house option.

Full details of each course competencies and assessment can be found in the guidance documents below.

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Professional Certificates or Professional Diplomas can also be achieved by candidates who feel they already have sufficient skills, training and experience and can demonstrate this by submitting an Individual Portfolio of Evidence, which documents how they have achieved the competencies required.

If you wish to follow the Knowledge Based Route, full details of how to apply for a Professional Certificate or Diploma can be found in the guidance documents below.


  • Winter Services Decision Making

    • Wed 27 Sep 2023

    The only accredited UK course for Winter Services Decision Makers and Managers. This course delivers learning across a wide range of subjects necessary for Winter Service Professionals and enables individuals to demonstrate competence.

  • Online: Active Travel - Planning & Design

    • Tue 03 Oct 2023

    This course provides delegates with the information and skills to develop designs for walking and cycling infrastructure within the UK regulatory framework. The Department for Transport Cycle Proofing Working Group has listed the IHE Professional Certificate & Diploma in Active Travel as an acknowledged product for engineers planning and designing active travel infrastructure.

  • Traffic Signing and Road Markings

    • Tue 03 Oct 2023

    This 4-day course provides both a theoretical foundation and practical experience in the design and implementation of traffic signing and road marking schemes.  It contains an introduction to the subject, but takes the concepts through to experienced practitioner level.

  • Temporary Traffic Management (Diploma)

    • Tue 10 Oct 2023

    The Professional Diploma at Intermediate level (QCF 4/5) is offered as part of the Institute of Highway Engineers Highway Academy programme and is aimed to develop the highway engineering knowledge of the individual so they can exercise engineering judgement on behalf of their employer at temporary traffic situations.

  • Transport Development Management

    • Wed 11 Oct 2023

    IHE’s Transport Development Management course is the only one in the UK designed specifically for transport practitioners working in Development Management roles and leads to the IHE Professional Certificate/Diploma in DM.

  • Road Safety Engineering

    • Tue 07 Nov 2023

    This course offers the opportunity for the Road Safety Engineer to expand their knowledge and demonstrate their competency in all aspects of road safety engineering.

  • Temporary Traffic Management (Certificate)

    • Tue 14 Nov 2023

    The only UK course specifically for temporary traffic management designers, engineers and practitioners working in the planning and design of temporary traffic management situations on highways. This course provides an industry benchmark and the Certificate has received endorsement from National Highways.

  • Temporary Traffic Management (Certificate) - Scottish Roads Law

    • Tue 05 Dec 2023

    The only course specifically designed for temporary traffic management designers, engineers and practitioners working in the planning and design of temporary situations on Scottish roads.

  • Asset Management

    This course is currently under review and we hope to launch the new course later this year.

  • Transport Network Resilience

    This new two day residential course is intended for highway professionals including the supply chain to provide best practice in carrying out the tactical level role of coordination during a major incident.

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