Chartered Engineer (Ceng)

Chartered Engineers develop answers to engineering problems using new or existing technologies in creative and innovative ways. You might be developing these technologies, promoting advanced designs and methods, introducing more efficient production techniques or pioneering engineering services.

 
If you are seeking professional registration you will need to demonstrate your ability to meet competences described in the Engineering Council's UK-SPEC.

Use our Route to membership tool to find out if this is the right level of membership for you.


Why become a Chartered Engineer?

Recognition:

  • Benefit from an internationally recognised qualification
  • Be recognised as a professional and competent engineer
  • Improve your long-term earning potential
  • Increase your exposure to new career opportunities

Build new relationships:

  • Connect with our other members worldwide
  • Build profitable working relationships with other specialists in your field
  • Help influence and support younger members
  • Volunteer to help us – in your company, region, your industry group

Access our resources:

  • Access our online and offline resources and information through training and events
  • Receive email updates from your region or industry or interest group
  • Access to the largest engineering library in the world
  • Read member-only specialist engineering news, features and expert comment by PE
  • Access financial and practical support through our benevolent fund – Support Network

See all our member benefits.


Who is it for?

You can apply to become a Chartered Engineer if you are a practicing engineer and want to demonstrate your knowledge and experience. The following requirements will help you find out if it is for you.

Education and knowledge

Your academic knowledge will be at master’s degree level. This may be from:

  • A four-year accredited MEng degree
  • A bachelor's degree in a relevant subject and a master's qualification
  • A bachelor's degree plus learning on the job, via short courses, private study, part time study or other routes

Use our Qualifications checker to find out if your qualifications meet the academic requirement.  


Formal academic requirements are not the only way to demonstrate your level of knowledge and understanding. Find out more about academic requirements.

Don't worry if your qualifications don't appear to meet the requirements, you may be able to undertake a period of Further learning to top up your formal qualifications or there may be another appropriate route for you.

Professional experience and competence

You must be able to demonstrate your ability to develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems, using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change.


Download our application guidance for more details about the required levels of professional experience and competences.


You will need to demonstrate your ability to meet competences described in the Engineering Council's UK-SPEC.

We welcome engineers from a very comprehensive base of experience and disciplines. Read our definition of mechanical engineering to find out more.


How much does it cost?

New registrants pay an application fee and an annual subscription.

If you are not professionally active or your annual income is below £16,000 you may qualify for a reduced subscription.

Fees and charges in UK pounds

View our application and subscription fees in UK pounds.

Fees and charges in Indian rupees

If you're living in India you can pay your fees in rupees. View our application and subscription fees in rupees.


Meet our Chartered Engineer members

  • Elena Elsaesser

    Elena Elsaesser is MEP Package Manager at Crossrail’s Bond Street Station. She believes being a Chartered Engineer gives engineers more credibility.

  • Simon Jenkins

    Simon Jenkins is a Consultancy and Applications Engineer for Imetrum, a company that uses software and cameras to make precision measurements from video.


The application process

 

Check your qualifications

We need to check your academic profile to ensure that it meets the benchmark for registration. You can use our Qualifications checker or contact our membership team to check your qualifications.

Complete the application form

If you have used our Qualifications checker to confirm you meet the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and you haven't already registered with the Engineering Council as a CEng, you can apply online or submit a paper-based application (editable PDF). Read our Chartered and Incorporated Engineers Application Guidance.

If you are on our Monitored Professional Development Schemes (MPDS), you should submit an application via the MPDS route. Find out how to apply using the MPDS route.

If you are already professionally registered with another institution, find out how you can join us using a very straightforward process.

Get support from two sponsors

You will need two sponsors to agree to sponsor your application and sign your application.

Applicants for CEng must be sponsored by one Chartered Engineer. Sponsors can be registered with any Engineering Council-listed professional engineering institution; they don’t have to be one of our members. Your second sponsor could be another registered engineer, or your line manager. Your sponsor can’t be a direct family member.

Submit your application

Once you have completed and proof read your application form, you will need to submit it to us with any application fees and any supporting documents required.

If you are on our Monitored Professional Development Schemes (MPDS), you should submit an application via the MPDS route.

Professional review interview

Once we have processed your papers, we will invite you to attend a professional review interview in the region you selected on your application form.

You will need to contact us to confirm your availability for interview. If you don’t, your application may be delayed.

The professional review interview is a mandatory part of the membership process. Every Chartered Engineer, regardless of their discipline, has to attend an interview.

The interviewers will focus on your most recent and relevant experience. They will make their judgements based solely on the information provided in your application and your performance during the interview.

The interview will take approximately 45 minutes. 

What happens next?

Once you have completed your interview, your assessors will make one of two recommendations, elect to membership, or not.

If you are successful, you will receive a letter and a certificate from our President and Chief Executive confirming your achievement. Your name will then be forwarded to the Engineering Council for Registration.

Your name will appear in the Daily Telegraph newspaper on the first Thursday of the following: March, June, September or December.

If your application is not successful, we will write to you and explain the reason for the decision. You will also be given some guidance as to how you may wish to address the concerns raised, in order to resubmit your papers at a later date.

Any applicant can request a copy of their interview paperwork, scores and feedback.

We have an arbitration and appeals process, whereby applicants who are dissatisfied with the process may appeal within a given timeframe.

Need some help?

Contact the membership team if you have any questions about joining us.

If you're calling from outside the UK, use the number below.



Already a member of another professional engineering institution?

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Armed Forces and MOD

Serving in the Armed Forces or the Ministry of Defence (MoD)? You may be eligible to use a simplified route to professional registration.

Find out about our Armed Forces route to professional registration

Start your application

Your first step should be to use our Qualification checker to find out if your qualifications meet the academic requirement. You should then read our CEng application guidance and download our CEng competence exemplar.

If you're confident that you have the necessary qualifications, knowledge and experience to become a Chartered Engineer and you haven't already registered with the Engineering Council as a CEng, you should apply.

Apply online

PDF application

You can complete a PDF application instead of applying online if you prefer. If you're having trouble editing the form try using Foxit Reader.

Download a PDF application form

 

Existing registrants

If you're already registered and with another institution, you can join us at the same registration level.

Find out how to join us

Support for your application

We can help you find out if you have the qualifications and experience necessary to apply be a Chartered Engineer and are here to help you during the application process.

  • Membership support team

    We can give you advice and support throughout the application process.

  • Business development support

    If you'd like to help your engineers or students move forward on the path to professional registration, why not ask one of our Business Development Managers to deliver a presentation at your office, university or college?

    Find a Business Development Manager near you

  • Working towards professional registration?

    Find out how we can help you become registered through your company or as an individual.

    Find out more