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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.

In addition to Engineering Council registration, the IHE is licensed by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, to award RITTech – the registration for IT Technicians.

RITTech Professional Registration:

Recognises the talents and contribution of those who design, build and maintain our digital world    Sets the industry standard for technical skills and conduct, recognising and validating your competence in just seven letters
Earns you a place on an independent public register demonstrating you are a trusted professional   Sets you on the same skills framework as Chartered IT Professional (CITP) registration
  Signals that you are committed to meeting the highest standards in your work     Employers will see that you are engaged in the tech industry, and keen to develop your career
  RITTech is mapped to the SFIA (Skills Framework for the Information Age) framework at level 3. More information on the SFIA framework can be found here:


Is it for me?

To gain BCS professional registration technicians prove their competence and commitment in a professional review of their portfolio submission. Anyone who meets the competence and responsibility standards can become RITTech – there’s a route to suit all competent technicians.

Typically, you will have been working in digital industries a few years. There is not a prescriptive timeframe, but it is estimated that you’ll need to have at least a year of experience working in the field (and most registrants will have more). It’s current competence that matters – a threshold of quality you’ve crossed and are actively demonstrating.

RITTech recognises people doing a technical job well whilst demonstrating professional behaviours, attitude and the value they bring. It’s an independent standard of current competence and commitment to quality for those who earn it, the employer they work for and the customer they deliver to.

How to apply

The British Computer Society (BCS) will undertake assessment on behalf of the IHE, however the IHE will collect your payment and issue your certificate. To begin your RITTech application you will first need to read the guidance booklet below thoroughly. If you wish to make an application, you will need to complete the application form and submit it to the IHE. Once received, the IHE will assess your application and we will contact you in due course on how to proceed.

RITTech Guidance Cover      RITTech Application Form     
RITTech Guidance Notes   Log in to access the
application form
  Flowchart – How to apply

What does it cost?

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

Annual Registration Subscription – £15 (FREE in 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.

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.


To remain registered RITTech you will need to ‘revalidate’ your competence every three years. After successful revalidation you will be registered for a further three year period.

RITTech Workshop

This free online workshop will make sure you are ready to submit the best possible application and start your journey to professional registration.​ To register click here.

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


Apply for RITTech

I’m an IHE Member

If you are an IHE Member, you can log in to the members area to start your application.


I’m not an IHE Member

To apply for RITTech, you’ll need to become an IHE member.




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.