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Engineering Technician (EngTech)

Engineering Technician (EngTech)

Why become an Engineering Technician?

Achieving Engineering Technician status enhances your reputation and acknowledges your dedication to upholding engineering values within your role, our community and for society.

Registrants are assessed against recognised professional standards, as part of a rigorous process, providing confidence and trust in your capibilities as an engineering technician amongst employers and peers.

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 recognised for your ability to apply engineering techniques that comply with the required safety standards. You will also need to demonstrate your commitment to your ongoing professional development.

Who can apply for EngTech?

This registration is for members working in technical roles who apply proven techniques and procedures to help solve practical engineering problems.

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

How to become an Engineering Technician (EngTech)

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 five competence areas are:

  • Knowledge and understanding – use engineering knowledge and understanding to apply technical and practical skills
  • Design, development and solving engineering problems – contribute to the design, development, manufacture, construction, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, processes, systems, or services
  • Responsibility, management, and leadership – accept and exercise personal responsibility
  • Communication and interpersonal skills – use effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Personal and professional commitment – demonstrate commitment to an appropriate code of professional conduct, recognising obligations to society, the profession, and the environment

Find out more information on the EngTech competencies in the application guidance notes (PDF, 5MB). This document also provides you with examples on how to approach demonstrating your competence.

What qualifications do I need?

Although you do not need any formal qualification to gain registration for EngTech, you will need to have appropriate knowledge and understanding to a level 3 qualification in England, Northern Ireland, or Wales or a/SVQ level 6 qualification in Scotland. Alternatively, you may have successfully completed a relevant Advanced/Modern Apprenticeship or other work-based learning programme. This can lead directly to EngTech 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?

The IOP requires all EngTech applicants to use the online application form which includes a Professional Review Report and equivalence report. Please refer to the application guidance notes (PDF, 5MB) before starting your application to ensure that you have all the relevant information.

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.

Engineering Technician fees 2024

Engineering Technician

Registration entry fee

Registration entry fee of £20.66.

This is paid when you are first registered.

Registration fees

Engineering Technician

Annual fee

Annual registration fee of £22.34.

This is the annual renewal fee.

Registration fees

Engineering Technician

Annual concessionary fee

Annual registration concessionary renewal fee of £9.90.

Concessionary fee criteria apply, please view Registration fees.

Registration fees

Have your registration questions answered

Membership of the IOP is a requirement for EngTech

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 EngTech. Find out more about membership and apply to become a member today.

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