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Chartered Engineer (CEng)

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.

Successful applicants for Chartered Engineer registration will also receive either the Chartered Energy Engineer or Chartered Petroleum Engineer title depending on your area of work. These titles are unique to the EI and are not available through any other institute.

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.

How to apply:

If you are not already a member you will first need to join as an Associate Member (AMEI) or Affiliate member. This can be done at the some time you submit an application for CEng registration or while you are compiling your application. From 01 July 2018 the Membership Panel will only accept applications from existing members.

We offer two routes for prospective Chartered Engineers:

Standard route: to apply via this route you need an accredited Bachelors degree with honours in engineering or technology, plus either an appropriate Masters degree or Engineering Doctorate (EngD) accredited by a licensed professional engineering institution, or appropriate further learning to Masters level or an accredited integrated MEng degree. You can check the accreditation of your qualifications on the Engineering Council website.

Individual route: if you have not followed one of the exemplifying academic routes described above, you will need to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge and understanding of engineering principles to the same educational level through our individual route process.

Whichever route you are using to apply, you will need to submit the following documents to us for assessment by the Membership Panel:

  • Completed application form – please ensure this is signed
  • Professional Development Review – this should demonstrate how and where you meet the standards and competences outlined in the Member CEng guidance notes or Fellow CEng guidance notes. There is a separate guidance note on writing your PDR
  • A completed competence grid
  • A detailed CPD record and future plan on how you intend to maintain your competence
  • Organisation Chart – this should show your position within your organisation
  • Two sponsor references – please ensure these are signed and comments included. We provide a sponsor reference form
  • True and signed copies of your academic and other certificates
  • True and signed copy of photographic ID showing your signature and date of birth
  • Application / transfer fee (£138 / £166 if you are not a member of any description and apply for Member or Fellow respectively; £75 if you are applying for a different grade of EI membership). 

Download your application pack here. Please note we are now only accepting applications submitted under UK-SPEC, third edition. 

If you are not currently a professional member of the EI, you apply for Fellow or Member at the same time. Make sure you tick the relevant boxes on the application form.If you are already a professional member, you still need to submit the same documents, but just tick the CEng box on the application form.

If you have any questions on the above then please contact the membership department on +44(0)20 7467 7100 or

Additional resources:

Watch the EI's segment to ITN's "Working to Engineer a Better World" programme:


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