What's the application process?
How long does it take?
Why are there different levels of accreditation?
How can I check if my degree is/was accredited?
I've been asked to make a revision of my report. How much time do I have?
Why can't I access my application online?
I can't pay via PayPal, what's the alternative?
What is a verifier?
What's a referee?
How can I find a referee?
How many interviews do I need to have?
There are many things that may impact the timeline of your application:
- the assessors may require a revision to your report/s
- there's a delay in your referee/s replying to our request for information
- we're unable to schedule a mutually convenient time and date for interviews.
However, if we assume that none of the above will impact your application, we estimate six months from the time you submit your application to when a decision is made. Please note that the process is dependent on peer reviewers who conduct assessments and interviews on a voluntary basis.
IChemE works with universities to benchmark their degree programmes against high, internationally-recognised standards. Depending on the type of qualification, the programme may be accredited at one of the following levels:
Qualifications accredited at M-Standard meet the full academic requirements for Chartered Member (MIChemE) and Chartered Engineer (CEng).
M-Standard recognises integrated degrees that provide both the solid academic foundation (in chemical engineering) of a first cycle degree (or B-Standard) plus the advanced chemical engineering knowledge and skills of a second cycle degree (F-Standard). Although most programmes accredited to M-Standard are the equivalent of a UK MEng degree, due to differing countries’ education systems and awards, it is possible for a bachelor’s degree to be accredited to M-Standard.
First cycle degrees accredited at B-Standard meet the full academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng). An IChemE accredited qualification at B-Standard may be supplemented by an IChemE accredited qualification at F-Standard to meet the academic requirements for Chartered Chemical Engineer.
A second cycle degree, such as an MSc, accredited at F-Standard combined with an IChemE accredited qualification at B-Standard meets the full academic requirements for Chartered Member (MIChemE) and Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Higher education short cycle programmes, such as a HND, accredited to D-Standard meet the full academic requirements for Technician Member (TIChemE) and Engineering Technician (EngTech) registration.
The Engineering Council keep a record of all degree accreditation. Use their Accredited Course Search (ACAD) to check the accreditation status of your programme.
Although there isn’t a set time limit for revisions, the quicker you make the requested update/addition, the quicker your application will be assessed. However, to reduce the time our volunteer assessors spend reviewing reports, we have limited the number of times a report can be revised. You can submit your report up to three times – the original version, plus up to two revised versions (if needed) - after which your application will be closed.
This applies to all reports so if you need to submit a Technical report or Design Technical report alongside your Competence & Commitment (C&C) report, you get three tries for each.
While completing your application, you can log in and make updates and amendments as many times as needed. However, once you’ve submitted and paid for your application, you will not be able to access your application online. At this point, the application has moved into our assessment workflow.
If you need to make any changes after submitting your application, please contact our membership team.
If you live in a country where PayPal doesn’t operate, please send your application username and/or user ID to our membership team who will contact you to arrange payment.
Verifiers corroborate the professional work experience detailed in your C&C report. They should be:
- in a senior position to you at the time of the work referenced, and
- familiar with the work you were doing at the time
As verifiers are confirming details of work undertaken, they do not need to be Chartered Members themselves, or even chemical engineers. Further details about verification can be found in our Chartered Member application guidance.
Where a verifier is required to corroborate details in your C&C report, two referees are needed to provide a reference in support of your application to Chartered Member. Your referees must be:
- a Chartered Member or Fellow of IChemE
- willing to provide you with a reference
- ready to respond to IChemE when contacted – ask their permission.
Your referees do not need to work with you, know your role or activities in detail or be in the same organisation/country. They should not be a family member.
We’ll contact your referees by email and ask them to complete a form which contains a small number of questions such as:
- how long they’ve known you, and in what capacity
- if you’re employed in a responsible post in chemical engineering
- whether they recommend your election to MIChemE.
Note: a third referee who is not a Chartered Member or Fellow can be included if you think it will benefit your application - ie a current/recent line manager.
If you don’t know any IChemE Chartered Members or Fellows to support your application, you could try one or more of the following:
- get in touch with old colleagues, peers or university lecturers who may be Chartered Members or Fellows
- meet with your local member group as early as possible to create good connections with local IChemE members, one or two of whom may then be happy to provide you with a reference when the time comes.
All applications to Chartered membership require a Professional Review Interview. However, if you have submitted a Technical report as part of your application you will also require a Technical Interview. If two interviews are needed, they will be scheduled back-to-back with the same interviewers, so you don’t need to worry about scheduling two separate dates.
Note: in some circumstances a second Professional Review Interview may be requested by the interviewers, or by the PFF, to further explore/discuss your professional experience. If this happens, a different set of interviewers will be used.
An explanation of acronyms or terms you may come across during your application:
C&C: Competence & Commitment. The C&C report is something all candidates for MIChemE need to complete which outlines your professional work experience.
PFF: Professional Formation Forum. A selected group of IChemE Fellows who volunteer their time to review applications for Chartered membership.
PRI: Professional Review Interview. This is the interview scheduled to discuss the professional experience as described in your Competence & Commitment (C&C) report and CV.
TI: Technical Interview. This interview is used to discuss the content of your Technical report.
VEP: Virtual Election Panel. The monthly meeting where PFF members decide whether a candidate is elected to Chartered Member (MIChemE).