Engineering Council UK
Overview
 
The Engineering Council is Britain's
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 regulatory authority for registration of Chartered and Incorporated engineer
Engineer
An engineer is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical problems. Engineers design materials, structures, machines and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality,...

s and technicians
Engineering technician
An engineering technician is a specialist who is trained in the skills and techniques related to a specific branch of engineering, with relatively practical understanding of the general engineering concepts...

, holding a register of these and providing advice to students, engineer
Engineer
An engineer is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical problems. Engineers design materials, structures, machines and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality,...

s, employers and academic institutions on the standards for registration and procedures for registration. It is responsible for the accreditation of educational and training programmes, delegating this responsibility to Licensed Member institutions.
Professional engineering institutions in the UK began in 1818 with the formation of the internationally-renowned Institution of Civil Engineers
Institution of Civil Engineers
Founded on 2 January 1818, the Institution of Civil Engineers is an independent professional association, based in central London, representing civil engineering. Like its early membership, the majority of its current members are British engineers, but it also has members in more than 150...

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Encyclopedia
The Engineering Council is Britain's
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 regulatory authority for registration of Chartered and Incorporated engineer
Engineer
An engineer is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical problems. Engineers design materials, structures, machines and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality,...

s and technicians
Engineering technician
An engineering technician is a specialist who is trained in the skills and techniques related to a specific branch of engineering, with relatively practical understanding of the general engineering concepts...

, holding a register of these and providing advice to students, engineer
Engineer
An engineer is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical problems. Engineers design materials, structures, machines and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality,...

s, employers and academic institutions on the standards for registration and procedures for registration. It is responsible for the accreditation of educational and training programmes, delegating this responsibility to Licensed Member institutions.

History

Professional engineering institutions in the UK began in 1818 with the formation of the internationally-renowned Institution of Civil Engineers
Institution of Civil Engineers
Founded on 2 January 1818, the Institution of Civil Engineers is an independent professional association, based in central London, representing civil engineering. Like its early membership, the majority of its current members are British engineers, but it also has members in more than 150...

. The IMechE
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is the British engineering society based in central London, representing mechanical engineering. It is licensed by the Engineering Council UK to assess candidates for inclusion on ECUK's Register of professional Engineers...

 was formed next in 1847. The IEE
Institution of Electrical Engineers
The Institution of Electrical Engineers was a British professional organisation of electronics, electrical, manufacturing, and Information Technology professionals, especially electrical engineers. The I.E.E...

 was formed in 1871. These three are known as the Big Three institutions since together they represent 80% of registered UK engineers.

The Joint Council of Engineering Institutions was formed in 1964, which later became the Council of Engineering Institutions (CEI) in November 1965, which had a Royal Charter. This provided all the main functions that the EngC now provides, but was more ineffectual. Around this time, 33% of the UK's GDP was in manufacturing, lowering to 29% in the early 1970s.

Finniston report

A Royal Commission, from the Committee of Inquiry into the Engineering Profession set up in 1977, looked at work of the CEI, resulting in the Finniston Report - Engineering our Future by Sir Monty Finniston
Monty Finniston
Sir Harold Montague "Monty" Finniston was a British industrialist born in Glasgow, Scotland.Monty Finniston read metallurgical chemistry at Glasgow University, where he gained his PhD and then lectured in metallurgy. He spent the years of the Second World War in the Royal Naval Scientific Service...

 in 1980. Engineering institutions thought they may have lost their autonomy. There was also the possibility of statutory licensing (direct government control) of engineers, as other professional practitioners such as doctors, but the work of engineers is more confined to work with other engineering companies, providing a nominal level of inherent professional self-regulation against misconduct. Keith Joseph
Keith Joseph
Keith St John Joseph, Baron Joseph, Bt, CH, PC , was a British barrister and politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he served in the Cabinet under three Prime Ministers , and is widely regarded to have been the "power behind the throne" in the creation of what came to be known as...

 at the DTI chose not to have a statutory body, but have a Royal Charter.

From its recommendations, the Engineering Council was established in 1981, watching over 54 separate institutions. It gained a Royal Charter on 27 November 1981. The first Chairman was Sir Kenneth Corfield, followed by Francis Tombs, Baron Tombs in 1985, Sir William Barlow in 1988, Sir John Fairclough in 1991, Dr Alan Rudge in 1996, Dr Robert Hawley in 1999

It formed The WISE Campaign
The WISE Campaign
The WISE Campaign encourages young women, under 19 years old, to value and pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths or Construction related courses in School or College and move on into related careers...

 in 1983 to encourage women to become engineers. In 1996 the diamond logo was replaced by a circle.

Function

Engineering Council is recognised by the British Government as the national representative body of the engineering
Engineering
Engineering is the discipline, art, skill and profession of acquiring and applying scientific, mathematical, economic, social, and practical knowledge, in order to design and build structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes that safely realize improvements to the lives of...

 profession in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

, working in partnership with other engineering institutions. The Engineering Council regulates the professions of chartered engineer, incorporated engineer and engineering technician in the UK.
These professional titles are recognised in Europe with the Directive 2005/36.

Professional registration in the UK

UK legislation is generally 'permissive' and, as such, the title engineer is not protected by law therefore anyone can call themselves an Engineer or professional engineer or registered engineer and many semi-skilled trades adopt this title. However the Professional titles awarded by the Engineering Council UK are protected by law. Registration as a chartered, and incorporated engineers or as engineering technicians is voluntary, and candidates are required to demonstrate a high standard of professional competence acquired through education, training and responsible experience in order to register. There are four categories of registration:
  • Chartered Engineer
    Chartered Engineer (UK)
    In the United Kingdom, a Chartered Engineer is an engineer registered with Engineering Council UK . Contemporary Chartered Engineers are master's degree-qualified and have gained professional competencies through training and experience...

     (CEng)
  • Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
  • Engineering Technician
    Engineering technician
    An engineering technician is a specialist who is trained in the skills and techniques related to a specific branch of engineering, with relatively practical understanding of the general engineering concepts...

     (EngTech)
  • Information and Communications Technology Technician (ICTTech)

Assessment for registration is typically carried out on Engineering Council's behalf by a Licensed Member institution.

The Engineering Technician (EngTech) may obtain the Licentiateship (NVQ old level 4), awarded by the City & Guilds of London Institute.
The Incorporated Engineer (IEng) may obtain the Graduateship in Engineering (NVQ old level 5), awarded by the City & Guilds of London Institute.
The Chartered Engineer (CEng) may obtain the Membershipship in Engineering (NVQ old level +5), awarded by the City & Guilds of London Institute.

Structure

The office is situated on the A40
A40 road (London)
The A40 in London is an A road in Central and West London. It runs from outside St. Paul's Cathedral to Fishguard. The A40 in London is an A road in Central and West London. It runs from outside St. Paul's Cathedral to Fishguard. The A40 in London is an A road in Central and West London. It runs...

 in central London next to Holborn tube station
Holborn tube station
Holborn is a station of the London Underground in Holborn in London, located at the junction of High Holborn and Kingsway. Situated on the Piccadilly Line and on the Central Line , it is the only station common to the two lines, although the two lines cross each other three times elsewhere...

, in the London Borough of Camden
London Borough of Camden
In 1801, the civil parishes that form the modern borough were already developed and had a total population of 96,795. This continued to rise swiftly throughout the 19th century, as the district became built up; reaching 270,197 in the middle of the century...

.

Licensed Member institutions

  • Institute of Acoustics
    Institute of Acoustics
    The Institute of Acoustics is a British professional engineering institution founded in 1974. It is licensed by the Engineering Council UK to assess candidates for inclusion on ECUK's Register of professional Engineers. The Institute's address is 77A St Peters Street, St Albans, Herts, AL1 3BN,...

  • Royal Aeronautical Society
    Royal Aeronautical Society
    The Royal Aeronautical Society, also known as the RAeS, is a multidisciplinary professional institution dedicated to the global aerospace community.-Function:...

  • Institution of Agricultural Engineers
    Institution of Agricultural Engineers
    The Institution of Agricultural Engineers is a British professional engineering institution founded in 1938. It is licenced by the Engineering Council UK to assess candidates for inclusion on ECUK's Register of professional Engineers and Technicians.-Function:As a founding Constituent Body of...

  • Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
    Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
    The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers is a British professional engineering body based in London, England that represents building services engineers...

  • Institute of Cast Metals Engineers
    Institute of Cast Metals Engineers
    The Institute of Cast Metals Engineers is a British professional engineering institution founded in 1904.-History:It was founded as the British Foundrymen’s Association in 1904. It was given a Royal Charter on 25 November 1921...

  • Institution of Chemical Engineers
    Institution of Chemical Engineers
    The Institution of Chemical Engineers is a global professional engineering institution with over 33,000 members in over 120 countries worldwide, founded in 1922, and awarded a Royal Charter in 1957.-Structure:...

  • Institution of Civil Engineers
    Institution of Civil Engineers
    Founded on 2 January 1818, the Institution of Civil Engineers is an independent professional association, based in central London, representing civil engineering. Like its early membership, the majority of its current members are British engineers, but it also has members in more than 150...

  • Institution of Diesel and Gas Turbine Engineers
    Institution of Diesel and Gas Turbine Engineers
    The Institution of Diesel and Gas Turbine Engineers is the professional association for engineers in the diesel and gas turbine industry in the UK....

  • British Computer Society
    British Computer Society
    The British Computer Society, is a professional body and a learned society that represents those working in Information Technology in the United Kingdom and internationally...

  • Institution of Engineering and Technology
    Institution of Engineering and Technology
    The Institution of Engineering and Technology is a British professional body for those working in engineering and technology in the United Kingdom and worldwide. It was formed in 2006 from two separate institutions: the Institution of Electrical Engineers , dating back to 1871, and the...

  • The Energy Institute
    Energy Institute
    The Energy Institute, commonly referred to as EI, is the main professional organization for the energy industry within the UK that promotes the safe, environmentally responsible and efficient supply and use of energy in all its forms and applications...

  • Institution of Engineering Designers
    Institution of Engineering Designers
    The Institution of Engineering Designers is a British professional engineering institution founded in 1945. The IED is the UK’s only professional body representing those working in the fields of Engineering and Technological Product Design...

  • Society of Environmental Engineers
    Society of Environmental Engineers
    The Society of Environmental Engineers is a British professional engineering institution founded in 1959. It is licensed by the Engineering Council UK to assess candidates for inclusion on ECUK's Register of Professional Engineers and Technicians. The Society publishes the quarterly journal...

  • Institution of Fire Engineers
    Institution of Fire Engineers
    The Institution of Fire Engineers is a worldwide body that provides research, training, conferences and professional qualifications for firefighters and civilians who work in fields related to fire fighting, the science of fire fighting and prevention, and related technology.-Structure:Founded in...

  • Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers
    Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers
    The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers is a British professional engineering institution founded in 1863. It is licenced by the Engineering Council UK to assess candidates for inclusion on ECUK's Register of professional Engineers and Technicians...

  • Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management
    Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management
    The Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management is the UK's largest specialist Institute for the Healthcare Estates Sector; devoted to developing careers, provision of education and training and registering engineers as Eng Tech, IEng and CEng.The Institute was founded in 1943 and...

  • Institute of Highway Engineers
    Institute of Highway Engineers
    The Institute of Highway Engineers is the professional institution for practitioners in highway and traffic engineering offering Engineering Council registration and professional development support....

  • Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
    Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
    The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation is a learned society concerned specifically with the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of land-based transport systems and infrastructure.With over 11,500 members, the CIHT offers routes to qualifications such as...

  • Institution of Lighting Engineers
  • Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
    Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
    The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology is the international membership body and learned society for all marine professionals, operating in the spheres of marine engineering, science, or technology. It has registered charity status in the U.K...

  • Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
    Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
    The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining is a major UK engineering institution whose activities encompass the whole materials cycle, from exploration and extraction, through characterisation, processing, forming, finishing and application, to product recycling and land reuse...

  • Institute of Measurement and Control
    Institute of Measurement and Control
    The Institute of Measurement and Control is a British learned society. It began in the 1940s as the Society of Instrument Technology. It is a licensed member of Engineering Council UK, registering candidates as chartered engineers, incorporated engineers and engineering technicians.- References...

  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers
    Institution of Mechanical Engineers
    The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is the British engineering society based in central London, representing mechanical engineering. It is licensed by the Engineering Council UK to assess candidates for inclusion on ECUK's Register of professional Engineers...

  • Royal Institution of Naval Architects
    Royal Institution of Naval Architects
    The Royal Institution of Naval Architects is an international organisation representing naval architects. It is an international professional institution whose members are involved world-wide at all levels in the design, construction, repair and operation of ships, boats and marine...

  • British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing
    British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing
    The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing or BINDT is a professional body for engineers and other technical professionals involved in non-destructive testing and condition monitoring in the United Kingdom...

  • Nuclear Institute
    Nuclear Institute
    The Nuclear Institute is the professional body representing nuclear professionals in the UK.It is a charity independent of the industry that promotes knowledge of nuclear energy amongst its members and the public and offers a route to professional qualification for those working in the sector,...

  • Society of Operations Engineers
    Society of Operations Engineers
    The Society of Operations Engineers is an engineering professional organization in the United Kingdom, formed by the merger of following three bodies in 2000: Institute of Road Transport Engineers , Institution of Plant Engineers , and Bureau of Engineer Surveyors .-Professional accreditation:The...

  • Institute of Physics
    Institute of Physics
    The Institute of Physics is a scientific charity devoted to increasing the practice, understanding and application of physics. It has a worldwide membership of around 40,000....

  • Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
    Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
    The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine is the United Kingdom's professional body and learned society for physicists and engineers within the field of medicine...

  • Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering
    Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering
    The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering is the professional body for the United Kingdom plumbing and heating industry...

  • Institution of Railway Signal Engineers
  • Institution of Royal Engineers
  • Institution of Structural Engineers
    Institution of Structural Engineers
    The Institution of Structural Engineers is a professional body for structural engineering based in the United Kingdom. It has 27,000 members in 105 countries. The Institution provides professional accreditation for structural engineers...

  • Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
    Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
    The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management is an independent professional body and a registered charity, advancing the science and practice of water and environmental management for a clean, green and sustainable world....

  • Institution of Water
  • The Welding Institute
    The Welding Institute
    The Welding Institute or TWI is a research and technology organisation with a specialty in welding. The Welding Institute is based in Cambridgeshire, England, since 1946, and has several offices around the world....


International registration

Engineering Council is a "designated authority", under the implementing regulations for Directive 2005/36/EC. Engineering Council is a member of the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI)
European Federation of National Engineering Associations
FEANI is a federation of national professional bodies representing engineering in European countries. Founded in 1951, it aims to promote the recognition, mobility and interests of Europe's engineering profession...


Engineering Council has relationships with many similar organisations worldwide.
It has responsibility for the UK sections of two international registers:
  • FEANI
    European Federation of National Engineering Associations
    FEANI is a federation of national professional bodies representing engineering in European countries. Founded in 1951, it aims to promote the recognition, mobility and interests of Europe's engineering profession...

    's register of European Engineer
    European Engineer
    European Engineer is an international professional qualification for engineers used in over 30 European countries. The title is granted after successful application to a national member of the European Federation of National Engineering Associations which includes representation from many...

    s.
  • The International Register of Professional Engineers (IRPE / IRoPE)

European Engineer registration entitles the holder to use the European-style prefix title EurIng; International Professional Engineer registration entitles the holder to use the suffix IntPE (UK). The qualifications required for international registration are similar to those required for CEng registration.
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