Engineers' Registration

As a Licensed Member of the Engineering Council (EC), the Institute encourages members to register with the EC. The Institute can assess suitably qualified members for admission to the EC Register as Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Engineering Technician (EngTech). 

Under its Royal Charter, the EC regulates the engineering profession in the UK and formally represents the interests of UK engineers abroad. All candidates for registration as Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer or Engineering Technician must satisfy the competence standards set by the EC and be members of a Licensed Member Engineering Institution. Applicants must show that they have a satisfactory educational base, have undergone approved professional development and must demonstrate, at interview, their professional competence against specific criteria. These are described in the Engineering Council’s UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

The assessment of applications for CEng, IEng or EngTech is now carried by means of recognised qualifications or individual assessment. All requirements and information about the UK-SPEC can be found on the Engineering Council (EC) website: www.engc.org.uk/ukspec/

Download the UK-SPEC Standard for Chartered Engineers, Incorporated Engineers and Engineering Technicians.

Please send completed application and any supporting documentation to: The Registrar, The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, Midsummer House, Riverside Way, Bedford Road, Northampton NN1 5NX, UK.

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. Watch the following video (© Engineering Council) for more information about how you can benefit from professional registration and for more information about becoming a professionally registered engineer or technician. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEPg8lsElBA

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Engineering Technician – EngTech
Registration Route requires:
  • Possession of one or more of the academic qualifications approved by the Engineering Council, for example BTEC/SCOTVEC Ordinary Certificate or equivalent in an approved subject; and

  • A minimum of three years’ combined approved professional development in NDT, condition monitoring or allied technologies.

Normally, membership of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing at least at the Associate member grade satisfies the above requirements.

Candidates who are voting members of the Institute holding at least a current PCN Level 2 qualification may seek EngTech registration without interview. For more information, click here.

Candidates without the recognised qualifications may apply for individual assessment. This separate procedure, administered by BINDT, involves an in-depth appraisal of the knowledge and experience acquired. Experienced, practising professional Engineering Technicians are often found to have gained the necessary knowledge and skills for their job through working closely with other skilled colleagues over a number of years.

For more information on Engineering Technician registration, click here.

To apply online for Engineering Council Registration visit shopBINDT.

Alternatively, download and complete an application form available from the Downloads link on the left-hand side of the page.

To download the Engineering Council's eBook on EngTech registration, click here.


Incorporated Engineer – IEng
Registration Route requires:
  • Possession of one or more of the academic qualifications approved by the Engineering Council, for example an accredited bachelor's or honours degree in engineering or technology, or equivalent qualifications in approved subjects, or acceptable combinations of PCN certification; and

  • A minimum of five years’ professional development in NDT, condition monitoring or allied technologies, with at least two years in position(s) of approved responsibility.

Apprenticeship Route requires:

  • Completion of the NDT Engineer apprenticeship, where the end-point assessment has been conducted by BINDT and the duration of the apprenticeship was over 4 years.

  • Applicants will have successfully passed both the NDT Engineer apprenticeship end-point assessment and meet the criteria for Incorporated Engineer.

Normally, BINDT membership at the Member grade satisfies the above requirements.

Applicants who do not have recognised qualifications to demonstrate the required knowledge and understanding may do so in other ways by individual assessment, but must clearly demonstrate that they have achieved the same level of knowledge and understanding as those with qualifications.

These ways include:
  • Assessment of submitted technical reports;

  • Evaluation of competence by matching against the UK-SPEC requirements; and

  • Taking an acceptable academic programme.

For more information on Incorporated Engineer registration, click here.

To apply online for Engineering Council Registration visit shopBINDT.

Alternatively, download and complete an application form available from the Downloads link on the left-hand side of the page.

To download the Engineering Council's eBook on IEng registration, click here.

Chartered Engineer – CEng
Registration Route requires:
  • Possession of one or more of the academic qualifications approved by the Engineering Council, for example an accredited integrated MEng degree or equivalent qualifications in approved subjects (see UK-SPEC); and

  • A minimum of five years’ professional development in NDT, condition monitoring or allied technologies, with at least two years in position(s) of approved responsibility.

Normally, BINDT membership at the Member grade is a minimum requirement for CEng application.

Applicants who do not have recognised qualifications to demonstrate the required knowledge and understanding may do so in other ways by individual assessment, but must clearly demonstrate that they have achieved the same level of knowledge and understanding as those with qualifications.

These ways include:
  • Assessment of submitted technical reports;

  • Evaluation of competence by matching against the UK-SPEC requirements; and

  • Taking an acceptable academic programme.

For more information on Chartered Engineer registration, click here.

To apply online for Engineering Council Registration visit shopBINDT.

Alternatively, download and complete an application form available from the Downloads link on the left-hand side of the page.

To download the Engineering Council's eBook on CEng registration, click here.

What are the benefits to employers of a professionally registered workforce?
Recruitment and retention of the very best staff is crucial for ensuring an organisation’s reputation, business success and bottom line. Appointing professionally registered engineers and technicians helps employers to overcome the complications and uncertainty often associated with the recruitment of technically skilled and experienced staff.

Those listed on the national register of engineers and technicians as Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng), Chartered Engineer (CEng) or ICT Technician (ICTTech) will have had their education, training, skills and experience independently assessed. This provides employers with a benchmark of assurance that they have the competence and commitment that may be fundamental to a company’s success.

With a professionally registered workforce, employers can also be confident that employees are committed to continuing professional development (CPD) and the code of conduct set out by BINDT. In
addition, they will have the means to keep their skills up to date and relevant.

On top of this, supporting the professional registration of employees shows a commitment to their career development. This, in turn, will increase their job satisfaction and loyalty to the business.

For more information on the value of professional registration, and to learn how you can take advantage of the value it offers, visit: www.engc.org.uk/informationfor/employers/