The Qualifications and Membership Audit Committee

The role of the Qualifications and Membership Committee (QMAC) is to provide the audit function and oversight for the IMechE’s policies, procedures and practices, ensuring compliance with both the Engineering Council licence provisions for all licenced activities and with IMechE’s Charter, By-Laws and Qualifications & Training Regulations.


  • To work in pairs with other QMAC assessors to perform the annual audit cycle for those licensed activities audited by IMechE members
  • Responsible for auditing documents used by IMechE staff to ensure that all applications for membership are processed to meet the requirements of the Engineering Council Registration Code of Practice (RCoP)
  • Provide constructive feedback to the staff, designed to help them in continuous improvement of the processes and audit trail
  • Encourage a free and frank discussion of scheme applications at committee, actively listening and posing questions to explore any areas of concern
  • Share best practice


  • Learn from experience and identify best practice in the sector
  • Broaden professional horizon
  • Developing interpersonal and soft skills
  • Review a broad spectrum of engineering practice that you might not otherwise have the opportunity to see

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Benefits

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a fundamental part of any career in engineering, ensuring 'professionally registered and active' engineers keep up to date by constantly learning and improving, developing skills and staying abreast of innovation. This will enhance your contribution to engineering and help you get the most out of your career. All volunteering roles offered by the Institution provide support for your CPD.

Role Requirements

  • A professionally registered member of the Institution
  • Familiarity with the principles of audit practices
  • Experience of the Audit process or work associated with reviewing and improving documents
  • Experience with benchmarking and analysis of processes to ensure gaps can be identified
  • Ideally in an engineering management role
  • Aware of the relevant Engineering Council policy, procedures and guidance documents, specifically the Registration Code of Practice (RCoP) and UK-SPEC.


  • A schedule of ca.15 audits per year are conducted by staff or volunteers
  • Committee members are expected to participate in at least 2 Member audits per year. There is a two-week turnaround time for each report arising from an audit.
  • Committee meetings are held 2 times per year, with 1 conducted virtually and 1 face-to-face meeting pa at the Institution’s HQ
  • Attend both committee meeting each year, in order to remain current with the audit processes and policies, changes in the membership processes, and EngC regulations
  • An expected term of 5 years’ service
  • Complete training as necessary
  • Committee members are required to sign a Data Protection Agreement

Commitment to the Institution’s Values

  • Upholding the Institution’s Values, Behaviours and Code of Conduct
  • Acting with integrity
  • Acting without vested interest and self-reporting any conflicts of interest or loyalty
  • Supporting the Institution’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy
  • Exercising independent judgement and challenging colleagues appropriately
  • Opening-up volunteering opportunities to all eligible members
  • Creating transparent and inclusive processes and procedures that treat staff and volunteers objectively and fairly
  • Maintaining high levels of confidentiality where necessary and ensuring GDPR compliance is upheld

Initial Training

  • Attend a formal training session conducted either virtually or at IMechE HQ.
  • Observe a committee meeting with case discussion

The IMechE will cover all reasonable expenses incurred to attend a committee meeting in person.