Chartered Engineer

Chartered engineers (CEng) 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 and marketing and construction concepts, or pioneer new engineering services and management methods. Chartered engineers are variously engaged in technical and commercial leadership and possess effective interpersonal skills.

Academic qualifications needed for chartered engineer status

For chartered status, the fastest route is from an accredited MEng degree.

How to become a chartered engineer with a BEng degree

There are several options available if you have a BEng but want to become a chartered engineer. These include:

  • completing an accredited MSc or engineering doctorate (EngD) before starting work
  • taking the Engineering Council’s MSc in professional engineering, currently offered through five universities, designed to be studied while in employment
  • submitting a technical report, based on engineering experience and demonstrating an understanding of engineering principles.

If you feel unsure about your academic eligibility or need to explore non-standard routes, contact the relevant institution for your discipline. A list of all licensed professional engineering institutions and contacts is available on the Engineering Council website.

Working towards engineering chartership – or IEng status – in your graduate job

Once in the workplace, graduate engineers aiming for IEng or CEng qualification start initial professional development (IPD), which involves demonstrating professional competences in the following areas:

  • Engineering: analysis, problem-solving, design and operations.
  • Technical and commercial skills: efficient management of resources to achieve engineering objectives in a safe and appropriate way.
  • Personal skills: effective communication and interpersonal skills and commitment to professional ethics, sustainable development and lifelong learning.

Initial professional development leads through to professional review, which is organised through the professional engineering institution that you are joining. The professional review is a demonstration of competence, knowledge and understanding required for registration, and typically takes the form of a review of documentary evidence and an interview. The process varies between professional institutions and some may set an extended essay or formal examination as well as a portfolio assessment.

Contact us to discuss a programme to help you become an Chartered Engineer.