Incorporated Engineer (IEng)

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CIWEM offers the widest range of charterships and technical membership grades of any professional institute in the water and environment sector, reflecting our engagement with the widest spectrum of environmental issues.

When you become a chartered member of CIWEM, you also have the opportunity to apply for the Engineering Council's registration Incorporated Engineer (IEng), which can be applied for at the same time. If you are already a chartered member of CIWEM, you can submit an application for IEng in a separate application.

Becoming a Incorporated Engineer (IEng)

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

Why become a Incorporated Engineer?

Incorporated Engineers demonstrate they have shown:

  • The theoretical knowledge to solve problems in developed technologies using well proven analytical techniques
  • Successful application of their knowledge to deliver engineering projects or services using established technologies and methods
  • Responsibility for project and financial planning and management together with some responsibility for leading and developing other professional staff
  • Effective interpersonal skills in communicating technical matters
  • Commitment to professional engineering values.

Watch the Engineering Councils 'Benefits of professional registration' video here:

Who can join?

The IEng title is open to anyone who can demonstrate the required professional competences and commitment, as set out in the professional standard UK-SPEC. Individuals generally develop this through education and working experience.

The application process for IEng registration is more straightforward for those with exemplifying academic qualifications. For IEng this is one of the following:

  • An accredited Bachelors or honours degree in engineering or technology
  • An accredited HNC or HND in engineering or technology (for programmes started before Sept 1999)
  • An HNC or HND started after Sept 1999 (but before Sept 2010 in the case of the HNC) or a Foundation Degree in engineering or technology, plus appropriate further learning to degree level
  • An NVQ4 or SVQ4 that has been approved for the purpose by a licensed engineering institution, plus appropriate further learning to degree level

UK-SPEC provides details of the competence required for IEng registration, this is available to download here.

To check whether your academic qualification is accredited for IEng please click here.

Please note applicants holding the exemplifying qualifications are automatically eligible for interim registration.

Engineering Council Standards Update

All applicants for engineering registration with CIWEM for are assessed against the standards as defined by the Engineering Council (EngC) in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). The 4th edition of the UK-SPEC was published on 1 September 2020, for implementation across the sector by 31 December 2021. The 4th edition is available here, with a summary of the key changes. We are in the process of transitioning to the 4th edition and there will be updates to our application/guidance documents and website over the next couple of months. Professional review interviews will not be available against the UK-SPEC 3 standards after 31 December 2021 and all applications from the 06 December deadline will be assessed against UK-SPEC 4.

Professional Competencies

All applicants for IEng, need to demonstrate the required professional competences and commitment, which can be viewed below:

Incorporated Engineers shall use a combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to apply existing and emerging technology.

The applicant shall demonstrate that they:

A1: Have maintained and extended a sound theoretical approach to the application of technology in engineering practice

A2: Use a sound evidencebased approach to problemsolving and contribute to continuous improvement

Incorporated Engineers shall apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct, commission, operate, maintain, decommission and recycle engineering processes, systems, services and products.

The applicant shall demonstrate that they:

B1: Identify, review and select techniques, procedures and methods to undertake engineering tasks

B2: Contribute to the design and development of engineering solutions

B3: Implement design solutions for equipment or processes and contribute to their evaluation

Incorporated Engineers shall provide technical and commercial management.

The applicant shall demonstrate that they:

C1: Plan the work and resources needed to enable effective implementation of engineering tasks and projects

C2: Manage (organise, direct and control), programme or schedule, budget and resource elements of engineering tasks or projects

C3: Manage teams, or the input of others, into own work and assist others to meet changing technical and management needs

C4: Take an active role in continuous quality improvement

Incorporated Engineers shall demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills.

The applicant shall demonstrate that they:

D1: Communicate effectively with others, at all levels, in English

D2: Clearly present and discuss proposals, justifications and conclusions

D3: Demonstrate personal and social skills and awareness of diversity and inclusion issues

Incorporated Engineers shall demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment.

The applicant shall demonstrate that they:

E1: Understand and comply with relevant codes of conduct

E2: Understand the safety implications of their role and manage, apply and improve safe systems of work

E3: Understand the principles of sustainable development and apply them in their work

E4: Carry out and record the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) necessary to maintain and enhance competence in their own area of practice

E5: Understand the ethical issues that may arise in their role and carry out their responsibilities in an ethical manner

Professional Development

Initial Professional Development (IPD)

Initial Professional Development usually refers to the workplace development that takes place before becoming professionally registered as EngTech, IEng or CEng. It describes the process of learning to apply knowledge and understanding, develop skills and competence and apply professional judgement and sets the path towards Professional Registration. CIWEM supports members on this journey with a suite on tools to support your career profession and record your progress.

Mentor Platform

The CIWEM Mentor Platform provides members the opportunity to be linked with a mentor with the skills and experience you are looking to gain.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is vital to keep your skills and knowledge up-to-date. CIWEM offers a wealth of opportunities to access CPD through our training, events and networks. Our CPD recording tool in MyCIWEM enables to keep on top of recording and reflecting on your activities.

Professional Development Plan

Developing both short- and long-term goals can help guide your IPD and CPD planning, and decisions you make throughout your career. A professional development plan can guide you toward reaching those goals by setting out a strategy on how to meet them. You can download the CIWEM Professional Development Plan Template within the 'My CPD' area of MyCIWEM.

Application Requirements

To apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) you will need to

  • Complete an online application form (please choose 'Chartered Member' and select IEng in the 'Mandatory Competencies' tab). You can also submit an application for other registrations at the same time. Please note you will need to either be a Chartered member of CIWEM or submit an application for this at the same time.
  • Submit a copy of your most up-to-date CV
  • Submit copies of relevant certificates signed by your sponsors
  • Have two sponsors, one of which must hold C.WEM and one of which must hold IEng, who can review your application. You will need to submit a signed letter from each of your sponsors alongside your application confirming they have done this. Additional guidance on sponsor letter requirements can be download here.
  • Complete your 1000 word Career Overview Report
  • Submit your training and CPD record for the last three years
  • Complete your 4000 word Mandatory Competence Attainment Report

Information about becoming a C.WEM can be found here.

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