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Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Why become a Chartered Engineer?

Achieving Chartered Engineer status enhances your reputation and exemplifies your dedication to raising the standards within your sector, our community and for society.

Registrants are assessed against recognised professional standards, as part of a rigorous process, providing confidence and trust in your expertise and leadership amongst employers, peers and stakeholders.

Further benefits for you

Registration provides recognition of your achievements. It will also provide you with increased career opportunities, enhanced credibility and greater influence in your field. 

Additionally, you will be identified as an accomplished professional who acts with integrity, behaves ethically and is invested in learning and development, for the benefit of yourself and others.  

Who can apply for CEng?

This registration is for members who are developing solutions to engineering problems using new or existing technologies. Alternatively, you may have technical accountability for complex systems with significant levels of risk.

The IOP Membership team is here to support your through the application process.

"I used the IOP’s accreditation and fellowship routes to identify and work on competences that have enabled me to become a better scientist and engineer."

David Homfray CPhys CEng FInstP

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How to become a Chartered Engineer

What are the requirements?

You will need to provide evidence demonstrating your competence across five areas. Generally you will gain these through a combination of education and work-based learning.

The competence areas are:

  • Knowledge and understanding – use a combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to optimise the application of advanced and complex systems
  • Design, development and solving engineering problems – apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of engineering problems
  • Responsibility, management, and leadership – demonstrate technical and commercial leadership
  • Communication and interpersonal skills – demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Personal and professional commitment – demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession, and the environment

What qualifications do I need?

For CEng you will need to demonstrate your breadth and depth of engineering knowledge through an accredited qualification or demonstrate equivalence.


  • An integrated MEng degree accredited for CEng
  • Or a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in engineering or technology, accredited for CEng with one of the following:
  • an accredited Master’s degree
  • Engineering Doctorate (EngD)
  • appropriate further learning to Masters level

Demonstrating equivalence:

  • Technical report
  • Learning outcomes form

For details on demonstrating equivalence, please contact [email protected]

To check if your degree is accredited, please use the course search tool provided by the Engineering Council. The tool allows you to check whether your qualification has been approved or accredited as meeting the education requirements for a given category of professional registration.

How much CPD is required?

You will also have to demonstrate your commitment to regularly undertaking professional development activities to ensure your skills and knowledge remain up to date.

We provide our members with a broad range of learning activities to support their ongoing commitment to continuing professional development (CPD).

Find out more about continuing professional development.

Is there formal guidance for applying?

Applicants should use the online application form which includes a Professional Review Report template and an equivalence report. Please refer to the application guidance notes (PDF, 5MB) before starting your application to ensure you have all the relevant information.

Will there be an interview?

All applicants will have a professional review interview. For information on how to prepare for the interview, please contact the Membership Team.

Do I need supporters?

Applicants will need to identify two supporters. Please read the guidance on choosing your supporters for guidance in this area.

IOP Professional Registration Adviser (PRA) Scheme

What is the PRA scheme?

The IOP's Professional Registration Adviser (PRA) Scheme is designed to support members who are in the process of applying for a professional registration with the Institute of Physics. Professional registration advisers are members who serve on the professional registration panels and are trained to provide point-in-time advice on your application.

How do I find out more and apply?

Find out more about the PRA Scheme for applicants, including how to apply to be matched with an adviser.

Chartered Engineer (CEng) fees 2024

Chartered Engineer

Application fee

One-off application fee of £95.00.

Registration fees

Chartered Engineer

Registration entry fee

Registration entry fee of £59.70.

This is paid when you are first registered.

Registration fees

Chartered Engineer

Annual fee

Annual registration fee of £45.91.

This is the annual renewal fee.

Registration fees

Chartered Engineer

Concessionary annual fee

Annual registration renewal concessionary fee of £20.76.

Concessionary fee criteria apply, please view Registration fees.

Registration fees

Have your registration questions answered

Membership of the IOP is a requirement for CEng

How do I apply?

Existing IOP members

Once you have read through the guidelines and feel you have the requisite skills, knowledge and experience you can begin your application.

If you have any questions, please attend a registration workshop or contact us.

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Not an IOP member?

You will need to join the IOP before you can apply for CEng. Find out more about membership and apply to become a member today.

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