Chartered Member Stage 1: Educational Base
Please read: Application processing delays
Due to the number of applications received for Stage 1 - Individual Case Procedure (ICP), we are experiencing assessment delays of approximately four months (note, this is four months following receipt of your complete application including all verification documents and any revision we may ask you to make following initial review). If you require an ICP assessment and are also in a position to apply for Stage 2 and Stage 3 of the Chartered Member assessment process, please submit your Stage 1 - ICP application - we will acknowledge receipt, provide an indication as to when it will be processed, and provide regular updates throughout the process. If, however, you’re not yet ready to apply for Stages 2 and 3, we ask that you do not apply for Stage 1 - ICP at this time.
Those wishing to apply for the Stage 1 assessment must already be in membership.
Exemption through accredited qualifications
When you join IChemE as an Associate Member we will assess your qualifications. If you have met the requirements for Chartered Chemical Engineer then you will be exempt from further assessment of your underpinning knowledge and understanding.
There are two ways in which full exemption can be achieved, described below, but we will confirm your application route to you as part of your Associate Member application.
An accredited degree at M-Standard
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 (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.
An accredited degree at B-Standard plus an accredited degree at F-Standard
First cycle degrees accredited at B-Standard meet the full academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
Second cycle degrees (eg an MSc) accredited at F-Standard meet the Engineering Council’s Further Learning requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng).
An 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.
Individual Case Procedure
The first element of ICP is the submission of a Technical Biography (TB). You will be required to provide summary information on academic qualifications, evidence of work-based learning and transcripts of qualifications, all to demonstrate how specified learning outcomes have been met.
Most applicants will also be required to complete a Technical Report Questionnaire as part of the ICP process. However, should the ICP Reviewers determine that your submission demonstrates the standard required for Chartered Membership then you will be able to process your application to Stage 2 - Initial Professional Development or, if you have already completed this, to Stage 3 - Professional Review.
Technical Report Questionnaire
The second element of the ICP route is the submission of a Technical Report Questionnaire (TRQ), which most applicants will be required to complete. A TRQ will be required where ICP reviewers have reviewed a TB, and require further information to complete their assessment of your underpinning knowledge and understanding.
The TRQ will ask for further evidence against specific gaps identified in the TB.
This information should be documented on the TRQ document when available in line with the instructions we will provide, following the assessment of your TB, on the sections we need you to complete. When completing the questionnaire, please read the ICP TRQ example answers and the ICP TRQ guidance document for assistance.
If the TRQ adequately addresses these gaps, you will be invited to a TRQ interview. Successful completion of the TRQ will enable you to progress your application. However, should the reviewers find from the TRQ that the requirements are not met, you may be asked to undertake further learning or experience to address specific gaps and return to the process once this has been completed.
- Technical Biography application form
- Technical Biography guidance document
- Technical Report Questionnaire
- Technical Report Questionnaire guidance document
- Guidance - VIDEO 1 - Individual Case Procedure - Technical Biography (please note: audio starts after 10-15 seconds)
- Guidance - VIDEO 2 - Individual Case Procedure - Technical Report Questionnaire (TRQ) (please note: audio starts after 10-15 seconds)
- TRQ example answers
- ICP verification form
- Engineering Council's Accredited Course Search guidance video