Chartered Engineers are characterised by their ability to develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems, using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change.

They might develop and apply new technologies, promote advanced designs and design methods, introduce new and more efficient production techniques, marketing and construction concepts, or pioneer new engineering services and management methods.

Incorporated Engineers maintain and manage applications of current and developing technology, and may undertake engineering design, development, manufacture, construction and operation.

Both are also variously engaged in technical and commercial leadership and possess effective interpersonal skills.

Benefits of CEng and IEng include:

  • With the letters CEng or IEng after your name you will be recognised as having competence, commitment, skills and experience in your specialism.
  • Recognition of your expertise and hard work.
  • Being part of a network of professional engineers
  • Access to life-long learning

What are the requirements?

Agreement to abide by the BCS Code of Conduct through Professional membership of BCS. If you are not a member of BCS the information you provide in your application for registration will also be used to assess you for membership.

You will be assessed against the criteria set out in the UK SPEC

Engineering Council Registration for serving members of UK Armed Forces

BCS has an agreement with the RAF and the Royal Corp of Signals that means your application for Chartered or Incorporated Engineer registration will be assessed in house and sent to BCS when your route to registration has been confirmed and the initial review of your application has been successful.

If you are a serving member of the Royal Corp of Signals serving in defence ICT technical and leadership roles. or RAF serving in technical and engineering roles please follow the guidance given below.

If you are not a BCS member the information you provide on your application with your CV will be used to assess your IT work experience for membership at the grade of Member when your application for professional registration is received by BCS.

How to apply

To join the register of Chartered Engineers or Incorporated Engineers you are required to complete and application and provide evidence your knowledge and competence by submitting an up to date CV and statement of your experience for assessment. You will also undertake an interview with our chartered assessors.

Before you apply

Please ensure you read the criteria for registration as set out in UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK Spec) by the Engineering Council. Your application will be assessed against these criteria.

IMPORTANT: When submitting an application you must complete and supply the application form and the experience statement form. Please only supply the documented evidence stated on the application form. If further evidence is required, this will be requested by the assessors once they have determined your route to registration. For more information refer to the guidance notes at the end of the application form.

Routes to award

There are four routes to award and your route will be determined by the BCS assessors who complete the initial review of your application. The most common routes to award are Accredited and Experiential.

  • The Accredited route
    • This route is available to applicants who hold academic qualifications accredited by the Engineering Council
    • You can check if your qualification is accredited for either CEng or IEng Registration* on the Engineering Council website
  • Experiential route
    • If you do not have accredited academic qualifications you will need to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge and understanding through evidence from your work experience
  • Technical report
    • For applicants who do not have accredited academic qualifications, this path enables applicants to demonstrate their underpinning knowledge and understanding through the production of a technical report
  • Academic individual assessment
    • For applicants who have BSc Hons and MSc degrees in relevant subjects that are not accredited by the Engineering Council (see guidance notes). This path enables applicants who have studied courses that have not been EC accredited but meet the academic requirement to have their qualifications reviewed by BCS in the same manner as an accredited qualification.
Your application

Your application to become a Chartered Engineer or Incorporated Engineer starts here.

You'll need to complete an application form and:

  • Decide on your preferred route to registration (see above)
  • Provide contact details for someone who can verify the information you give in your experience statement
  • Provide a CV. Your CV needs to include a description of the relevant key tasks and responsibilities for all your IT work experience, including your existing / most recent role, and a summary of all relevant qualifications
  • Complete an experience statement. You need to include specific examples to demonstrate how you meet the criteria for assessment. The assessment criteria for CEng and IEng are set by the Engineering Council and detailed in UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (pages 16-32)

Please only supply the documented evidence stated on the application form. If further evidence is required, this will be requested by the assessors once they have determined your route to registration.

The initial assessment of your application

The first part of the assessment process is undertaken by your unit assessors.

  • Your supporter will be contacted to verify your experience statement
  • Your application and supporting documentation will be checked to ensure your knowledge and evidence in your personal statement demonstrate that you meet the criteria for registration
  • You may be asked for more information
  • Your route to registration will be confirmed
  • If your application is unsuccessful at this initial review stage the assessors will provide feedback to you

Your unit registration co-ordinator will authorise submission of your application to BCS.

The role of BCS in the assessment of your application

Your application and supporting documents are sent to BCS by the your unit registration co-ordinator.

  • BCS will contact you with a request for payment of the application assessment fee and and your first year's registration fee
  • If you are not a BCS member the information you provide on this application with your CV will be used to assess your IT work experience for membership at the grade of Member and you will also have to pay the BCS membership subscription
  • You will be asked to book your professional review interview

Latest fees and membership subscriptions

Guidance on preparing for your interview

Outcome of the application

Following your interview the assessors will make a report to the BCS Engineering Council Review Committee which will agree the outcome of your application.

The outcome will be communicated to you and your service registration co-ordinator.