Chartered Engineer

Becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) demonstrates your level of skills and knowledge within the profession.

The first stage in the process is to submit an initial assessment. This can be completed here. CIHT will confirm the options available to you in an initial assessment outcome e-mail. Further information about some of the routes to professional registration can be found below.

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What is a Chartered Engineer?

“Chartered Engineers develop solutions to engineering problems using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change and/or they may have technical accountability for complex systems with significant levels of risk.”

UK Standard For Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), 3rd Edition


Why you should become a Chartered Engineer (CEng)

  • Enhance your career prospects and earning potential
  • Demonstrate your level of skills and knowledge within the profession
  • Demonstrate your commitment to professional standards and ethical practice
  • Stand out of the crowd with internationally-recognised letters CEng after your name
  • The opportunity to actively get involved with the wider engineering community to develop and shape the industry

Why you should choose the CIHT?

  • Assessed by experts in the same sector as yourselves
  • Straightforward and easy to follow process
  • Streamlined approach to fit your busy schedule
  • Mentor guidance available
  • Excellent customer service and support materials for every step of the process


Don’t just take our word for it

I always recommend CIHT to my colleagues and the Professional Review process confirmed what I thought from the start - CIHT is the way to go and I'll definitely encourage others to join. It's a great institution for all transport professionals!

Jakub Dziurdz, WSP

I have found the CIHT review application process to be straight forward and very well organised. The Education Team were very helpful, and always provided detailed information in a short period of time when I required advice. I would recommend the CIHT to colleagues seeking similar professional qualifications.

Stuart Baird, Amey

The CIHT's application process is clear, straight forward and well thought out.

Alastair Fowler, Mott MacDonald



Take the first step - start your initial assessment today

It only takes five minutes - a simple and concise form ensures that you can start the process without hassle.

Start your initial assessment today

EU Route to UK Professional Registration

If you are a citizen of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) who is qualified to practice as an Engineer in your home EU/EEA Member State, then you may apply for CEng, IEng or EngTech registration in the UK under the provisions of EU Directive 2005/36/EC, as amended by EU Directive 2013/55/EC. Further information can be found here


Am I eligible to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng)?

Chartered Engineers are able to demonstrate:

  • The theoretical knowledge to solve problems in new technologies and develop new analytical techniques
  • Successful application of the knowledge to deliver innovative products and services and/or take technical responsibility for complex engineering systems
  • Accountability for project, finance and personnel management and managing trade-offs between technical and socio-economic factors
  • Skill sets necessary to develop other technical staff
  • Effective interpersonal skills in communicating technical matters.

UK Standard For Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), 3rd Edition


What are the requirements for a Chartered Engineer (CEng)?

The criteria against which candidates are assessed are set down by the Engineering Council in Competence and Commitment Statements

Competence A Knowledge and Understanding
  B Application to Practice
  C Technical and Commercial Leadership
  D Interpersonal Skills
Commitment E Personal Commitment


Health and safety, risk assessment, and understanding of the environment and sustainability are important and are embedded within the competences.

CIHT Membership

You do not need to be a CIHT member to complete an initial assessment. However, should you wish to proceed in applying for professional registration, you will need to become a CIHT member at the required membership grade

Find out more about CIHT Membership here.


How do I apply to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng)?

The first stage in the process is to submit an initial assessment. This can be completed here.

It only takes five minutes - a simple and concise form ensures that you can start the process without hassle.

You do not need to be a CIHT member to complete an initial assessment and it is completely free of charge.

Start the initial assessment


What do I need to submit my initial assessment?

Please ensure you include the following documents with your initial assessment:

  • Up to date CV
  • Details related to the qualifications you hold (level, subject, start and end dates)
  • Copies of academic certificates

Please note that we will be required to bring the original certificates with you at the later Professional Review interview. If documents are not in English please provide English language translations.


What happens next?


Key Dates & Fees


Additional Membership

Additional memberships exist where the registrant has been awarded their title (e.g. CEng) by two separate institutions. The Engineering Council only issues one certificate on initial registration. However, secondary certificates can be purchased via the Engineering Council’s website.

Find out more and apply today


Dual Registration

Holding more than one professional registration at the same time, for example EngTech and IEng or IEng and CEng, is known as dual registration.

Dual registrations exist where a registrant has been awarded more than one of the Engineering Council’s titles and each of these has been awarded by a different institution. The Engineering Council issues dual registrants with a certificate for each title.

Dual registration is therefore only possible for those registered with separate titles, via separate institutions, paying separate registration fees for each title.

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Help and Support

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