WHY professional registration?

Professional registration is the mechanical engineering industry’s gold standard. It gives you access to our world-class resources to develop your career, and lets you get involved in setting the global engineering agenda.

By becoming an Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated engineer (IEng) or Chartered engineer (CEng), you’ll gain an internationally recognised accreditation and we’ll support you throughout your career.

For each type of professional registration, you’ll need to demonstrate that you meet the Engineering Council’s standard five key ‘competences’ – a set of requirements that prove your knowledge, understanding and skills.

Watch Business Development Manager Claire Maycock talking about the benefits of professional registration.

What are the benefits?

As a professionally registered member, some of the benefits you’ll receive are:
  • Access to one of the best engineering libraries in the world
  • Networking opportunities with other engineers in your region
  • Discounts on training, events and conferences
  • Access to Support Network – practical advice and financial support to you and your family
  • Use of the business centre at our London headquarters
  • Access to healthcare, insurance, legal advice and financial advice services
  • Subscription to our monthly magazine and online newsletter
Read more about the benefits of membership.

Categories of professional registration

There are three main categories of professional registration; Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Engineering Technicians use proven procedures to solve practical engineering problems, and are able to demonstrate learning to NVQ/SVQ level 3 or similar.

Incorporated Engineers are often involved in operational roles, maintaining and managing applications of technology to the highest efficiency. Their academic knowledge is at bachelor's level or equivalent.

Chartered Engineers work independently to solve engineering problems with innovation or creativity. Their academic knowledge is at master's level or equivalent.


Requirements of professional registration

To register as a professional engineer, you’ll need to have the right level of academic qualifications and appropriate work experience for your chosen category.

You can use the Qualifications Checker tool to check whether you meet the academic requirements. We may be able to help you with Further Learning options if these are needed.

Your work experience is assessed by measuring how you meet certain core competences. The requirements for these vary depending on your chosen registration category. You will need to monitor and record your competence development to support your application.

The best way to do this is via a structured professional registration programme.


Routes to professional registration

Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS)

MPDS is a company scheme which may lead graduate engineers directly to professional registration. It is endorsed by the Engineering Council and approved and Accredited by us.

This workplace-based route is offered by more than 300 engineering companies to their employees worldwide.

To apply via this route, you’ll need to become an Associate Member, and work for a company that has adopted the scheme. It’s easy to apply and you’ll enjoy the benefits of membership. You can then use AMIMechE after your name on your CVs and in job applications.

By applying via MPDS, you’ll benefit from:

  • Guidance from a professional engineer mentor    
  • Further opportunities for personal development     
  • Help to plan how to meet registration requirements at work

Developing Engineers Programme

If your company doesn’t have an accredited MPDS, you can use the Developing Engineers Programme to pursue professional registration.

The programme provides the tools, support and guidance you need to achieve professional registration as efficiently as possible, in a flexible framework that fits around your schedule.

Log on to the Developing Engineers Programme.

Supported Registration Scheme (SRS)

You may be able to register via the Supported Registration Scheme (SRS). Through SRS, you’ll work independently, selecting your own mentor and assessing your own development.


How do I apply?

You can apply via the Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS), the Supported Registration Scheme, or through the Developing Engineers Programme. If you don’t meet the academic requirements for your chosen category, but have many years’ worth of relevant experience, you may be eligible to register under Career Learning Assessment.

What happens after I've submitted my application?

Once you have submitted your application for IEng or CEng, you’ll have a Professional Review Interview with our panel of peers to discuss your achievements. If you are successful, they’ll make a recommendation to the Professional Review Committee to register you as an IEng or a CEng.

Once you’re registered as a professional engineer and full member, you’ll need to continue your professional development. This typically involves using our resources to keep up to date with advances in your profession or developing your knowledge in a specialist area.

We offer training courses, lectures and events, with access to a network of similarly qualified and experienced experts in each specialist field.


Helpful information

Email membership@imeche.org or call 0845 226 9191 from the UK or +44 (0)20 7304 6999 from outside the UK.

Contact a Business Development Manager in your region.

Log on to the Developing Engineers Programme.

The Engineering Council website has lots of further information about the benefits of professional registration, including engineer profiles.

Career developer

    Career developer is an online tool which helps you plan, record and review your experience throughout your career. It makes it easy for you to manage your professional development.

Find out about Career developer

Need some help?

If you have a question about MPDS, contact our MPDS team.

If you have a question about Initial Professional Development schemes, we'd like to hear from you.