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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.

Benefits of achieving ICTTech:

Tangible evidence to your employer and potential employers of your proven competence as a professional technician   Recognition by the worldwide engineering community

Ongoing career progression, as you establish your professional credentials within the industry   The use of the ICTTech MIHE post-nominals after your name

Gives you an advantage over those who have no professional registration      


Who can become an ICT Technician?

Anyone who meets the competence and responsibility standards can become an ICT Technician – there’s a route to suit all competent 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.

Many will have a BTEC, NVQ Level 3 or SVQ Level 6 (or equivalent) qualification. Others will have gained the necessary skills, knowledge and experience through a non-academic route because of their 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. 


 ICTTech Guidance Notes   Log in to access the
application form


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 ICTTech. 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 ICTTech registration. 

ICTTech Workshops

If you would like more help, support and guidance in making your ICTTech submission, the IHE offer ICTTech workshops. These specially tailored workshops comprise two parts and offer one to one mentoring by our experienced team of senior reviewers. Each workshop will guide you through the application process so that by the conclusion of the second workshop you should have not only completed your application in full but also submitted your paperwork for review.

To attend these workshops, you will need to commit to 2 full days away from the office, complete a few simple forms about yourself prior to workshop 1, undertake an hour or so preparation activity prior to workshop 2 and carry out assembly of evidence during the 4-week period between the workshop sessions. Further details can be found here.

What does it cost?

One-Off Application Fee – £85 (FREE in 2024)

Registration Entry Fee – £19.73 (FREE in 2024)

Annual Registration Subscription – £22.34 (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.