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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.

Professional Registration has many benefits for individual engineers, but it also raises an important question for employers. Why should you as an employer actively encourage and support employees through the professional registration process?

Understanding Professional Registration

Professional registration is more than just a badge; it’s a testament to an individual’s expertise, experience, and commitment to upholding high standards within their field. Administered by recognised professional bodies like the IHE, on behalf of the Engineering Council, this process involves a rigorous assessment of qualifications and competence.

Currently, the Engineering Council reports that there are over 228,000 professionally registered engineers, underlining the significance of this recognition.

What’s in it for employers?

1. Demonstrates competence and high standards – By encouraging Professional Registration, employers signal to clients and stakeholders that their workforce meets stringent competency standards. This can enhance the reputation and credibility of the organisation.

2. Ensures employment of skilled professionals – Investing in Professionally Registered employees assures employers that they are hiring individuals with verified expertise and experience, reducing the risk of hiring unqualified personnel.

3. Mitigation of liabilities – In industries such as highways engineering, where safety is paramount, having Professionally Registered staff can potentially mitigate legal liabilities in the event of accidents or incidents. This is because registered professionals are held to a higher standard of accountability and competence.

4. Promotes continuous professional development (CPD) – Professional Registration requires individuals to engage in ongoing CPD activities, ensuring that they stay updated with the latest advancements and best practices in their field. This translates to a workforce that is constantly evolving and equipped to tackle new challenges.

5. Demonstrates investment in employees – Supporting staff through the Professional Registration process demonstrates a commitment to their professional development and growth. This can significantly enhance employee morale, loyalty, and retention rates, ultimately reducing recruitment costs for employers.

In an industry as critical as highways engineering, where safety, efficiency, and quality are paramount, Professional Registration serves as a cornerstone for excellence.

For employers, the benefits of encouraging and supporting staff through this process are manifold, ranging from enhanced reputation and reduced liabilities to a more skilled and motivated workforce, employers are urged to seize this opportunity to invest in their employees and propel their organisations to new heights of success.

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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.