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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’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.

Chartered Engineers:

Develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems, using new or existing technologies through innovation, creativity and change   Might develop and apply new technologies, promote advanced designs and design methods, introduce new and more efficient techniques, marketing and construction concepts
Demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to society, to their profession, and to the environment   Pioneer new engineering services and management methods
Exercise effective interpersonal skills   Are technical and commercial leaders


Who can become a Chartered Engineer?

Anyone who meets the competence and responsibility standards can become a Chartered Engineer.

Network Managers, traffic engineers, transport planners, highway designers and project managers are all examples of typical Chartered level positions.

Many will have an accredited BEng (Hons) + MSc or accredited MEng degree. Others will have gained the necessary skills, knowledge and experience via a non-academic route through practical experience in the highways industry.

How to apply

To gain Engineering Council registration, engineers and technicians prove their competence and commitment in a Professional Review of their portfolio submission to the IHE.

To get started read the guidance document below, fill in the digital application form (members only) and submit to the IHE. 

 CEng Guidance Notes   Log in to access the
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  Guidance for CEng Applicants
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What if my qualifications are not covered in the guidance?

If your qualifications or experience are not covered in the guidance document you may still be suitable to apply for CEng. You should ask the IHE for an individual Career Assessment. Your documents will then be put to the IHE Academic Standards Panel for consideration by engineering or academic professionals. They will either confirm your eligibility or provide you with feedback and guidance on the best route for you to achieve CEng registration. 

What if I studied overseas?

If you have studied overseas, a UK ENIC 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. More information on this can be found by visiting the UK ENIC website at:

What does it cost?

One-Off Application Fee – £250 (FREE in 2024)

CEng Registration Entry Fee – £57.02 (FREE in 2024)

Annual CEng Registration Subscription – £45.91 (2024)

If you are considering going forward for your Professional Review, there’s no better time than now as the IHE are offering free Professional Reviews for any member wishing to undertake them during 2024. All of our fees can be found on our website by clicking here.

Please note: The application fee will not be refunded if you withdraw your application or you do not supply enough information for your application to be assessed.

What are the submission deadlines?

The deadlines for your Professional Review submission can be found here.

Need help?

If you have any questions or are unsure of how to proceed please contact us by emailing


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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.