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You can join the relevant IHE grade based on experience or academic qualifications but if you would like to achieve Engineering Council registration levels, you will also need to go through a Professional Review.

If you are considering going forward for your Professional Review (PR), there’s no better time than now as the IHE will be offering free PRs for any member wishing to undertake them during 2023.

Engineers who are professionally registered with the Engineering Council gain letters (post-nominals) after their name:

  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
  • Engineering Technician (EngTech)
  • ICT Technician (ICTTech)

or with BCS as a

  • Registered Information Technology Technician (RITTech)
  • Chartered IT Professional (CITP)

How to register

As soon as you join the IHE you can look to gain your Professional Registration.

To gain the accolade of Engineering Council registration, engineers and technicians prove their competence and commitment at a Professional Review of their submission.

Our review process comprises a report of your experience backed up by evidence and presented at an interview with two registered engineers if you’re applying for CEng or IEng.

There is normally no interview for EngTech or ICTTech.

There are also Individual routes to all registered titles.

Why choose the IHE?

We’ve been registering engineers and technicians with the Engineering Council since 1972   We support new and existing registrants wanting to progress
You can take advantage of our extensive highways experience and trained specialist advisors, mentors and reviewers   You will get a fair but rigorous review by your peers
We offer Professional Registration routes for all our members   We can provide you with a free career assessment if you are unsure of your route


You can find the Professional Registration Guidance Documents below. The Application Form can be found in the members-only section of the IHE website. If you have trouble logging in please email


What we offer

The IHE offer Professional Registration to our members in the five main national and internationally recognised status of engineering professional registration:

Chartered Engineer

Chartered Engineers (CEng) develop solutions to engineering problems using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change and/or they may have technical accountability for complex systems with significant levels of risk. They lead or implement innovative or complex schemes taking the strategic view at all times.


Incorporated Engineer

Incorporated Engineers (IEng) maintain and manage applications of current and developing technology, and may undertake engineering design, development, manufacture construction and operation. They know ‘why’ as well as ‘how’ as well as holding a responsible position that requires them to exercise independent judgement, leading and managing teams.


Engineering Technician

Engineering Technicians (EngTech) apply proven techniques and procedures to the solution of practical engineering problems. They are technically competent and are often skilled practitioners working under the guidance of others but can sometimes be managing small teams. EngTech is the most appropriate grade of Professional Registration for practitioners working on the highway on work such as: highway maintenance, Temporary Traffic Management and highway reinstatement including road markings and linings. It is also suitable for highway practitioners working in office based roles such as: CAD technicians, application and administration of Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTRO’s) and contract administration.


ICT Technician

Professionally registered Information and Communications Technology Technicians (ICTTechs) work in a variety of environments. These include, but are not limited to: offices, development labs, data and operational centres, field environments, customer premises and manufacturing.

They support a range of highway engineering functions which utilise ICT solutions, and hardware and software components. Examples of functions include, but are not limited to: design, development, implementation, installation, operation, problem solving and security of ICT applications, products, services and/or infrastructures.

ICTTech is the most appropriate grade of Professional Registration for highway engineering technicians working in traffic signals, ITS, CAD design and data modelling.


Chartered IT Professional

If you are currently working in IT in a managerial role within highway engineering, CITP will be the Professional Registration for you. Typically you will have been working in digital industries for several years. To apply for registration as a Chartered IT Professional you must be working in a complex role or multiple roles, requiring underpinning digital knowledge and competence. CITP is the registration for engineers working in ITS, network management or emerging digital technologies within highway engineering.


Registered Information Technology Technician

If you are currently working in IT in a technical role within highway engineering, RITTech will be the Professional Registration for you. A RITTech is someone who applies their technical knowledge and skills in an IT work environment with competence, and who shows professional behaviours whilst doing so. Registered IT Technicians can take pride in being independently recognised for doing a technical job in such specialisms as CAD design, ITS or traffic signals.


Transfer your Professional Registration

Any members who are Professionally Registered (EngTech, IEng or CEng) with another Engineering Council licensed Institute can transfer their registration to the IHE for FREE before November. Please contact our Membership team on to apply.


Benefits of 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.

Whether you’re entering the engineering profession or looking for the next step to progress your career, gaining one of the professional registration titles can allow you to enjoy the benefits of greater mobility and career progression. Registration also provides a firm foundation of ethics, sustainability and professionalism.  Registration is open to any practising engineer or technician who can demonstrate the required competence – what matters is the standard you’ve reached, not the route you took to get there.

Watch this video for more information about how you can benefit from professional registration.


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