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Professional Registration. David Barrett Business Development Manager North West, Merseyside & North Wales. Myths. The IMechE is very difficult to join You can’t achieve professional registration under 35. It’s only for young graduate engineers You must have a full Masters degree

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Professional Registration

David Barrett

Business Development Manager

North West, Merseyside & North Wales

  • The IMechE is very difficult to join
  • You can’t achieve professional registration under 35.
  • It’s only for young graduate engineers
  • You must have a full Masters degree
  • You have to sit a special examination.
  • Experience doesn’t count – you have to have a university degree.
  • It takes years to gain professional registration.
  • It’s only relevant for large organisations.
  • It’s only relevant in the UK.
  • I’ve been meaning to get round to this for ages, but…….
  • I’ve had the application forms in my desk for years
  • Sounds good but I hear it’s very complicated.
  • It won’t make any difference to me in my company.
  • There are no Professional Engineers in my company
  • I haven’t had the time.
  • I started on MPDS……
  • I used to be a Member
  • Its not relevant to me
  • I don’t do design
key attributes

If you …

  • - Embrace change
  • - Are adaptive and creative
  • Are technically sound and
  • commercially aware
  • Are committed to your
  • profession and personal development
  • Then Professional Registration
  • Applies to YOU!



CEng / IEng / EngTech

CEng / IEng / EngTech






Where are you now?
  • Where do you want to be?
  • Let the IMechE nurture and support your development
  • There are no closed doors
what will you gain
What will you gain?
  • International recognition
  • Create opportunities
  • Open doors
  • Ongoing development
  • Career enhancement
  • Professional credentials
  • Influence and personal satisfaction
what will your employer gain
What will your employer gain?
  • Peace of mind
  • Increased credibility
  • Business opportunities
  • International Benchmark
  • Recruitment & retention
  • Employing Professional Engineers helps to satisfy the requirements of ISO 9001

THE JOURNEYUK SPEC highlights that there is a route to Professional Registration for all competent engineers

Knowledge & Understanding

Professional Registration

Competency Development

Professional Review

knowledge understanding
Knowledge & Understanding

UK SPEC highlights that there is a route to Professional Registration for all competent engineers

formal qualifications



Eng Tech



City and Guilds



Tech Certificate from

Approved Apprentice


BEng / BSc



Foundation degree




BEng (Hons)






Pre 1999

Post 1999

Pre 1987

BTEC/HNC engineering qualification pre 1987 may meet the academic requirements for IEng

Baseline qualification for CEng changed from BEng to MEng

If your BEng is pre 1999 (start date) you may meet the academic requirements for CEng

BTEC/HND engineering qualification pre 1999 may meet the academic requirements for IEng

the open door
The Open Door


  • No formal qualifications required
  • Let us assess your qualifications
  • We will consider any mix of academic and vocational
  • learning
  • It’s free and there’s no commitment
  • We may recommend additional learning
career learning assessment cla
Career Learning Assessment (CLA)

FOR IEng & CEng

  • For experienced engineers without exemplifying
  • qualifications
  • “Experiential learning” considered as an alternative to
  • academic qualifications
  • Interview may be required
  • Invitation to complete CLA is a possible outcome
  • of Academic Assessment
  • Academic Assessment is the starting point
in summary
In Summary

If in doubt always check your qualification first; use the on line service or email



Knowledge and Understanding

Practical application

Leadership skills

Communication and interpersonal skills

Professional conduct


  • The ability to perform an
  • activity;
  • Correctly
  • Safely
  • Effectively
  • Consistently
competence a

Chartered Engineer

Incorporated Engineer

  • Use a combination of general & specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to optimise / applythe application of existing and emerging technology


  • - Used/developed emerging technologies
  • - Well thought out problem solving including justified creative solution
  • - Considered all possible outcomes for resultant product
  • - Identified and met customer needs for product
  • - Developed processes and techniques which enhance productivity/quality
  • - Demonstrated clear understanding, and application, of engineering principles if at management level
  • - Maintain and extend a sound theoretical approach to the application of technology
  • - Use a sound evidence-based approach to problem solving
  • - Identify the limits of own personal knowledge and skills
  • - Establish users’ requirements for improvements
  • - Contribute to evaluation and development of continuous improvement systems
competence a further examples
Competence “A”Further examples
  • Introduction of new technology
  • Introduction of new processes (LEAN, Six Sigma)
  • Involvement in new energy sources
  • Prototype designs and testing
  • Cost/benefit analysis of potential new technology or process, presented as
  • a report
  • Significant plant modifications / refurbishment resulting in a process change
  • or performance enhancement
  • Plant performance assessments leading to proposals for improved
  • efficiency or reduced costs
  • Successful problem solving on a major plant breakdown or malfunction
  • using first principles
competence b

Chartered Engineer

Incorporated Engineer

  • Apply the appropriate theoretical & practical methods to theanalysis and solution of engineering problems / design, develop, manufacture, construct, commission, operate and maintain products, equipment, processes, systems & services


  • - Managed project through entire life cycle

- Managed technical and non-technical staff within the project

- Responsible for delegating tasks

- Identified and resolved problems before they occurred

- Approved and evaluated design drawings

- Produced tender documentation, feasibility studies or technical specifications

- (De)commissioned equipment

- Responsible for corporate engineering policy

  • - Identify, review and select techniques, procedures and methods to undertake engineering tasks
  • - Review the potential for enhancing engineering products, processes, systems and services
  • - Contribute to the identification and specification of design and development requirements
  • - Identify potential operational problems and evaluate possible solutions
  • - Contribute to the design and development of engineering solutions
competence b further examples
Competence “B”Further examples
  • Identifying improvement possibilities
  • Comparing one solution against another, maybe different materials
  • Specifying pumps, contract specifications
  • Site services and operations; implementing both and planned maintenance
  • Running projects as a utilities manager
  • Seeking solutions from other companies, competitors and academia
  • Breaking down work into discrete elements with resource requirements
  • and performance standards
  • Applying appropriate planning techniques
competence c

Chartered Engineer

Incorporated Engineer

  • To provide technical and Commercial Leadership / Management


  • Project / line manage or team leader responsible for technical and non-technical staff
  • Supervised (multi-disciplinary) team based projects in research and/or development programmes or problem investigation
  • Active participation in design review
  • Contributed to development of improved processes
  • In-house training and development of technicians, skilled craftsmen and/or engineering graduates
  • Plan for effective project implementation
  • Manage the planning, budgeting and organisation of tasks, people and resources
  • Manage teams and develop staff to meet changing technical and managerial needs
  • Manage continuous quality improvement
  • Evaluate performance and recommend improvements
competence c further examples
Competence “C”Further examples
  • Project management to time, cost and scope
  • Monitoring budgets
  • Leading multi-disciplined teams
  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses in a team
  • Exploiting available resources effectively
  • Use of LEAN / SIX Sigma tools to improve processes and ways of working
  • Setting budgets for maintenance operations
  • Planning shutdowns and outage
  • Initiating specialist awareness training
  • Understanding relevant contract law
competence d

Chartered Engineer

Incorporated Engineer

  • Demonstrate effective communications and interpersonal skills


  • Communicated effectively and concisely (verbal and written)
  • Evidence of presentations to colleagues, customers and suppliers
  • Papers given at conferences
  • Evidence of established working relationships
  • Able to articulate ideas and proposals and obtain agreement from others
  • Prepared tender documents and technical specifications

- Developed small teams within a project/line-management environment

competence d further examples
Competence “D”Further examples
  • Professional registration paperwork acceptable
  • Good telephone manner
  • Presentations with clients, meeting clients and key suppliers
  • Negotiating timelines with clients or suppliers to meet your changing needs
  • Graphical evidence presented to interview panel (photos, schematics etc)
  • Presenting own ideas with confidence
  • Making presentations at conferences
  • Demonstrating strong interpersonal relationships at all levels
  • Getting “buy-in” to your way of doing things
competence e

Chartered Engineer

Incorporated Engineer

  • Make a personal commitment to live by the appropriate code of professional conduct, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment


  • Understands health and safety issues within the remit of responsibilities
  • Considered environmental risk and disaster recovery
  • Understands professional code of conduct
  • Aware of sustainable practices and legislative issues
  • Understand how career is to develop in the medium term
  • Evidence of external activities
competence e further examples
Competence “E”Further examples
  • Schools activities
  • Coaching other graduates and peers
  • Liaison with your old university
  • SHE representative, office HSE audits
  • Out of work sustainability activities
  • Presentations at local events
  • IMechE lectures, local committee, Young Members Panel
  • Volunteer activities locally or nationally
  • Good Personal Development Plan
  • Next careers steps / expectations
  • Commitment to CPD
  • Knowledge and use of safe systems at work

Competency assessment

  • In order to be successful you will need to achieve a minimum of:
    • Level 2 in 2 competences
    • Level 3 in 3 competences
scoring competence uk spec
Scoring Competence - UK SPEC

IMechE breaks each competence down into four levels

  • Level 1 - Aware
    • Performs activity with significant supervision and guidance
    • Performs basic routine tasks; little or no responsibility
  • Level 2 - Familiar
    • Performs activity in a range of contexts
    • Supervision only required in more complex circumstances
    • Some individual responsibility or autonomy
  • Level 3 - Skilled
    • Performs activity in some complex or non routine contexts
    • Significant responsibility and autonomy – can oversee the work of others
  • Level 4 - Expert
    • Performs activity in a wide range of complex or non-routine contexts
    • Substantial personal autonomy – can develop others in the activity
you should also ask yourself
You should also ask yourself.....
  • How often do you need to ask for guidance?
  • How often is your manager checking on you?
  • How much actual responsibility do you have, who takes the blame if things
  • go wrong?
  • Who is the client liaising with?
  • Are you involved in more than one project? Are you multi-tasking?
  • Are you managing the work of others, or training others?
  • How often do you feel as if you are the only one on the project or task?
  • Do people refer to you as the “lead” engineer or some sort of senior role?
  • Are you responsible for client feedback?
the application form step 1 tell us about you
The Application formStep 1 Tell us about you

Your personal and academic information and career summary detailing the roles you have held in the last 5 years, with your current / most recent role shown first



Personal statement A – E

are your opportunity to

detail concisely what you

have done and how this

meets UK SPEC

the application form step 2 personal competence statements
The Application formStep 2 Personal Competence Statements
  • The UKSPEC framework showing competences A-E is given, and you must make statements which demonstrate your compliance with the competences and


  • Write around 300 words on each of the 5 main competences
  • Look at the exemplar to see how it’s done
the application form step 3 organisation chart
The Application formStep 3 Organisation Chart

Submit an organisation chart of your current employment and indicate your position within the organisation.

If you are not part of an organisation, describe your direct clients and who you report to.

the application form step 4 development action plan
The Application formStep 4 Development Action Plan

This will demonstrate your on-going compliance with competence E and the Institution’s by-laws.

It will also feature your short, medium and long term goals after achieving professional registration

the application form step 5 your sponsors
The Application formStep 5 Your sponsors
  • Two sponsors need to provide their contact details and sign your application
  • Only one sponsor needs to be registered as a CEng with the Engineering Council
  • Your second sponsor could be your line manager or another registered engineer
the interview what is it
The Interview – what is it?
  • It is mandatory
  • Not an examination
  • Not a question and answer session
  • Not a presentation
  • Not an ordeal!!
what s next
What’s Next?
  • You do not hear your result on the day
  • Approximately 6-10 weeks
  • Communicated by post
  • 94% success rate
  • Those successful are Elected to MIMechE