Incorporated Engineer (IEng)

Incorporated Engineers are professional engineers who maintain, manage and apply current and developing technology. You might be working in engineering design, development, manufacture, construction or operation.


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 an Incorporated Engineer?

Recognition:

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

Build new relationships:

  • Connect with members of the Institution 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 member benefits

Who is it for?

Education and knowledge

Your academic knowledge will be at bachelor's degree level. This may be from:

  • A three-year accredited BEng degree
  • A degree in a relevant subject
  • 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

Able to demonstrate your ability to maintain, manage and apply current and developing technology in fields like engineering design, development, manufacture, construction and operation.

Download our application guidance and our IEng competence exemplars.

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.


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 an Incorporated Engineer and you haven't already registered with the Engineering Council as an IEng, 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 provide their contact details.

Applicants for IEng must be sponsored by either an Incorporated Engineer, or a 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 Incorporated 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 on 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?

Find out how to join us

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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 Incorporated Engineer application guidance and our IEng competence exemplars

If you're confident that you have the necessary qualifications, knowledge and experience to become an Incorporated Engineer and you haven't already registered with the Engineering Council as an IEng, you can apply online.

Apply online

PDF application

You can complete a PDF application instead of applying online if you prefer.

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 an Incorporated Engineer and are here to help you during the application process.