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About Us

Our vision is to be the Institute of Choice for Highway Engineers. Our mission is to provide professional development opportunities, support and leadership for individuals to achieve and maintain professional recognition.

  • Learn about the IHE. IHE membership formally recognises your qualifications and industry experience.

  • We believe we have an outstanding team dedicated to prioritising our members’ interests. If you’re seeking a rewarding and engaging career in a fantastic environment, consider starting your journey with us!

  • We’ve been registering engineers and technicians with the Engineering Council since 1972 and accrediting academic courses since 1989. We’re proud of our long history and provide our members with 50 plus years of highways experience.

IHE Membership

Join us and demonstrate your technical skills, qualifications and expertise to clients and employers. We offer membership types for highways professionals at every stage of their career.

Professional Registration

Becoming a professionally registered engineer demonstrates your high standard of competence and commitment. By choosing to register, you set yourself apart as an engineer with high standards and also demonstrate your commitment to maintain that competence in the future.

Academy Training

The IHE Highway Engineering Academy offers industry-led training in highway engineering. Through one of our specialist training courses leading to an industry-recognised Professional Certificate or Diploma, the HEA delivers the qualifications, skills and knowledge demanded by the highways industry which are in short supply today.

Work with us

Professional Development Partnerships are open to Highways Sector businesses, Local Government Authorities, Academic Institutions, Professional Engineering Institutes and other Highways interest based organisations.


We administer the registers for Highway Inspectors and Road Safety Auditors as well as manage our active forums contributed to by highways professionals.

Membership and Fees

How long does it take to process a membership application?

IHE aims to deal with membership applications within six weeks. In some cases, for example if you’re a new member or applying for Member or Fellow grades, we may need to refer your application to our Membership and Qualifications Committee which meets every six weeks.

If your membership is successful you will receive a letter and certificate by post.

What’s the next submission deadline for IHE membership?

Membership applications are accepted continually throughout the year.

Existing Members and Fees

How do I login to the ‘Members’ Area’?

Click here to visit our Members Area. You’ll need your username and password to login. Once you’re an IHE member you’ll receive these in the post.  If you have forgotten your details please email stating your full name, address and membership number if known.

What can I do in the Members area?

You can login to Members area of the website to update your details, pay your membership subscription and event invoices, keep track of any events you are attending and find out what is happening in your local branch.  You can also manage your CPD online.  It’s easy to log activity, create plans, measure and track your progress against and generate reports of professional development that you can update, print and send for online review and comments.

When are IHE’s annual subscription fees due?

IHE’s annual fees are due on 1st January each year.  Membership fee invoices are raised in November of the preceding year and payment must be received in full by 1st January.  Alternatively, you can set up Direct Debit instruction to pay your membership fees.

Where can I view my invoice?

You can view your invoice by logging into the Members area and going to the ‘Payments and History’ tab.

Can I print a receipt for my membership?

You can view your receipt by logging into the Members area and going to the ‘Payments and History’ tab.  Please make sure to select ‘closed’ invoices.

Where can I find my membership number?

You can view your membership number by logging into the Members area and going to the ‘My profile’ section. Click ‘edit profile’ and you can view your 8 digit membership number at the top.

I live or work overseas.  How can I pay my annual subscription?

You’ll need to login to the Members area of the website. Once logged in, navigate to the ‘payments and history’ tab where you can find your invoice.  You have the option of paying by debit or credit card.  We do not accept American Express. Alternatively we accept bank transfers.  Please refer to your fees invoice for details on how to do this.

I’m an existing IHE member, can I transfer to another IHE grade?

Yes.  Existing members can apply to transfer to another grade with the relevant experience. No review is necessary. Please make your transfer request in writing by emailing and attaching a copy of your current CV.  If your application is approved, you’ll be required to pay the difference in fees to bring your subscription up to the higher grade rate.

Professional Registration

Is there a fee for the professional review process?

Yes. IHE members are required to pay professional review fees when they submit their portfolio.  If you’re successfully awarded Professional Registration with the Engineering Council (EC), or the British Computer Society (BCS) you’ll also be required to pay both the EC or BCS annual registration and membership fees which are collected by the IHE.

I’m an IHE member with EC or BCS registration with another organisation. Can I transfer my registration to the IHE?

Yes.  If you‘re already registered with the Engineering Council or hold British Computer Society RITTech or CITP registration, or have been within the last three years, you can transfer your registration across to us. Please email to make your request in writing.

Can I still apply for Professional Registration if I studied abroad?

If you have studies overseas, a Statement of Comparability that covers your degree should enable you to study via the Recognised Qualifications Route. You should contact UK ENIC directly and obtain a Statement of Comparability yourself before making your application. For more information visit

Who can help me find a mentor?

It really is best to identify an engineer at your workplace (perhaps your line manager or an EC-registered colleague) willing to support you. If that’s not possible, please email  and we will try our best to provide a mentor who can assist remotely. You do not necessarily need to have a mentor to proceed with your application, however we would advise that you get someone to look over your portfolio before submitting it to us. 

Email Communications

Why am I not receiving emails from the IHE?

If you are sure that we hold a valid email for you and you are not receiving emails, you may need to update your email preferences in our Members area. You can find your email preferences under ‘edit profile/email preferences’.  You can opt in to receive IHE news, technical news, jobs and training information.

Members Area

I cannot remember my login details for the Members Area

Please email stating your full name, address and membership number (if known) so that we can help you to log in.

Forum FAQs

Do I have to be an IHE member to take part in a forum?

No.  All highways professionals are welcome to take part in any IHE forum but you’ll need to register first to make a contribution.  You do not need to register to view the forum.

How do I know if someone has commented on an IHE forum that I have been involved in?

If you’ve been taking part in a forum and you’d like to be notified by email if a comment has been made on the discussion, you’ll need to subscribe to instant updates. You need to subscribe by forum category. Select ‘Forum actions (top right)/subscribe to instant updates.

How do I report a technical problem on the IHE Forum?

Please email if you’re experiencing technical issues with any of the IHE Forums.

Join the Institute of Choice for Highway Engineers

IHE membership formally recognises your qualifications and industry experience. Join us and demonstrate your technical skills, qualifications and expertise to clients and employers.