If you started a bachelor’s degree in or after 1999, you may need to complete a period of Further Learning to bring your academic qualification up to the 'benchmark level', in order to meet the requirements for professional registration as a Chartered engineer (CEng) or Incorporated engineer (IEng).
Who needs to do Further Learning?
Further Learning is only appropriate for engineers who need to bring their academic qualification up to the required academic benchmark for their chosen category of professional registration.
Not all engineers who are working towards professional registration need to complete Further Learning.
To find out whether you'll need to do Further Learning, you should complete our online Qualification checker. We’ll check your qualifications and let you know what the next steps are.
If you’re already established in your career and ready to apply for full membership, but don’t hold the relevant academic qualifications, email us at email@example.com to discuss whether you could demonstrate your retrospective knowledge gained in the workplace during your career. If this is the case, you wouldn’t be required to complete any Further Learning.
Further Learning lets you reach the academic level required to become professionally registered, through academic courses, work-based courses or a combination of these.
For CEng registration, you must have attained the equivalent of a master's level qualification. For IEng registration, you must have reached a bachelor’s level qualification.
Whether or not you’re already working as an engineer, there are several options you can choose from to help you reach the required academic level for professional registration.
- Undertake Distance Learning
- Follow an Individual Further Learning plan
- Gain work-based academic qualifications
- Join an Approved Further Learning company scheme
- Study an Accredited academic qualification
The Engineering Council sets the academic benchmark levels for each professional registration category. Each academic benchmark level is defined by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
In most cases we would expect you to complete your Further Learning in less than four years.
Distance Learning programmes
If you already have a bachelor’s level qualification and are looking to meet the academic requirement for CEng registration, you could choose a Distance Learning programme.
Distance Learning lets you complete a combination of approved modules from a range of universities remotely. Work-based learning is not taken into consideration with this option.
This allows you to:
- Spread out the cost over a longer period of time
- Work towards master’s level learning while you’re still in employment
- Select modules awarded by different universities to build up your own Further Learning package tailored to your needs
Find out more about our Distance Learning approved modules, including who the participating universities are and descriptions of the modules.
To apply for Distance Learning, you’ll need to complete the Approved Distance Learning application form and read the CEng Further Learning guidance.
Individual Further Learning plans
Work-based academic qualifications
If you’re working as an engineer, you can gain the necessary academic qualification and required competence for professional registration without leaving your job.
The Master of Science degree (MSc) in Professional Engineering from the Engineering Council’s Engineering Gateways
programme is tailored to individuals and integrates learning in the workplace, alongside supervised work-based professional development.
The programme is available at a range of universities.
Find out more about Engineering Gateways
. All programmes are based on the UK-SPEC requirements
for professional registration.
Approved Further Learning company schemes
Accredited academic qualifications