Important: Changes to assessment requirements

To ensure the requirements for professional registration remain fit-for-purpose as engineering and the wider world changes, Engineering Council have issued revised standards for professional registration – UK-SPEC, fourth edition. This sets out the competence and commitment required for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). It also includes examples of activities that demonstrate the required competence and commitment. 

Many of the changes have been made to improve the general clarity, accessibility and usability of the Standard. Diversity and inclusion is a notable change, however, with it now clearly featuring at all levels. Whilst this is a change to the Standard, equality, diversity and inclusion have featured in IChemE's Code of Professional Conduct some time.

As a body licensed to assess for EngTech, IEng, and CEng, IChemE’s application documents have been updated to reflect these changes. The requirements for IChemE’s Technician Member grade and Chartered Member grade are aligned with the requirements for EngTech and CEng respectively, therefore the changes also apply to applications for these membership grades.

What does this mean for applicants?

The changing competence and commitment requirements primarily relate to the Competence & Commitment (C&C) Report that is assessed in Stage 3: Professional Review . However, as Stage 2: Initial Professional Development (IPD) requires evidence of development in line with the same framework this is also affected. The changes do not affect the knowledge and understanding requirements across the respective grade and registration levels, therefore Stage 1: Educational Base remains unchanged. 

Technician Member (EngTech)

For Technician Member (EngTech) the change to the assessment framework affects section D2 which had been refocused so that, through the introduction of section D3, there is now a specific requirement relating to diversity and inclusion. The guidance document has been updated to reflect these changes.

Stage 2
Those currently using V2 of the IPD submission form can continue to do so until 1 June 2022, applications after this date should be on V3 of the submission form. Applicants who submit a V2 submission form after this date will required to resubmit their application on the new form.

Stage 3
Applications received on or before 7 February 2022 can be submitted on either V3 of the Technician Member C&C Report template or V4 of the template which is now available. All applications received or after 8 February 2022 this should be on V4 of the Competence and Commitment Report template. Any applications received on the old template will need to be revised, re-verified and resubmitted using the new template

IEng

IChemE's application process is currently under review and we are not accepting applications at this time. To be notified when we are accepting applications again please contact our membership team.

Chartered Member (CEng)

For Chartered Member (CEng) the change to the assessment framework affects section C1, which now makes reference to diversity and inclusion. Whilst section D1 - Professional conduct remains unchanged, applicants are asked to note that the example given in the guidance document has been extended to reference diversity and inclusion.

Stage 2
Those currently using V2 of the IPD submission form can continue to do so until 1 June 2022, applications after this date should be on V3 of the submission form. Applicants who submit a V2 submission form after this date will required to resubmit their application on the new form.

Stage 3
Applications received on or before 31 December 2021 can be submitted on either V3 of the Chartered Member or V4 which is now available. All applications received on or after 1 January 2022 this should be on V4 of the Competence and Commitment Report template. Any applications received on the old template will need to be revised, re-verified and resubmitted using the new template.