Professional Registration

Engineers who are professionally registered with the Engineering Council as a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Engineering Technician (EngTech) gain letters (post-nominals) after their name. Professional registration can increase your earnings potential, improve your career prospects and attain industry recognition for your years of experience, expertise and hard work.

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.

IHE’s fair but rigorous professional review by your peers proves your professional commitment and technical competence. 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. There are also Individual routes to all registered titles.

IHE members have access to Professional Registration Guidance Documents which can be found in the members only section of the website.  If you have trouble logging in please email




What we offer

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

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.

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.

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.

Engineers and technicians need to undergo a Professional Review in order to achieve all of the above titles. In addition, they need to be a member of a licenced Professional Engineering Institute (such as the IHE) and supply a copy of their Continuing Professional Development to their Institute at periodic intervals for assessment by a Professionally Registered assessor.


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. Featuring CEO Alasdair Coates, a Chartered Engineer for over 30 years, the video describes how valuable professional registration has been to him. 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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