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Registration with the Engineering Council

How membership has enhanced my status in the industry

Russell Gray EngTech, ProfMICME
Methods Engineer, Russell Ductile Castings Ltd

Developing a professional engineering culture for my company

Peter Radcliffe FICME
Managing Director, Contech Global

Enhancing your career prospects through membership of ICME

Tom Paterson FICME, MIMMM, Ch Sci
ICME Past National President

Why not consider becoming professionally qualified as an Engineer, as an Engineering Technician, (Eng Tech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). ICME can help you to achieve this even if you do not have formal qualifications.

Why become a Professionally Qualified Engineer?
Being a professional qualified engineer indicates (to both your employer and to your company's customers), that you have a high degree of commitment to your profession and to continually maintaining and improving your competence and that you have a positive attitude towards continuing your career development.

Did you know that less than 1% of professionally qualified (registered) engineers are unemployed (figures from the Engineering Council) and that registered engineers usually bring in an average of more than 22 thousand pounds worth of extra income to their company compared with non-registered engineers?

Get recognition for your skills and experience through qualifications.

Whilst membership of ICME indicates to employers in our industry the level of competence you have achieved, a professional qualification with the Engineering Council indicates your standing within the whole of the Engineering Profession and the qualifications are recognised internationally.

Four grades of qualification (registration) are available to individuals who have the relevant skills and experience.


Membership of the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers provides a route to recognition as a professional engineer and enhanced professional status - here are the four grades that are available -

  • Engineering Technician (EngTech)
  • Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • European Engineer (EurIng)

Learn more about ICME Membership

For more information please contact ICME Head Office.

How do I become profesionally qualified (registered)?

You first need to become a member of a licensed institute, like ICME.

Then you will need to provide evidence of your competence in engineering and commitment to the profession - ICME can advise you on this and there are various means by which this can be done.

For CEng and IEng an interview with other professional engineers is part of the process, which can take around one year to complete (for Eng Tech grade the process is usually shorter and does not usually involve an interview).

There are also some additional fees to pay once you have obtained professional registration - ICME can offer you advice and guidance through all of the stages involved and also will be able to tell you about the fees that apply.

Why are there different sections of the Register?
The different sections are for engineers involved in different types of work.

Engineering Technicians (EngTech) are supervisors of people, or equipment. They are involved in applying proven techniques and procedures to the solution of practical engineering problems. They carry supervisory or technical responsibility, and are competent to exercise creative aptitudes and skills within defined fields of technology and generally keep the work place functioning. Professional Engineering Technicians contribute to the design, development, manufacture, commissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, processes or services.

Incorporated Engineers (IEng) are characterised by their ability to act as exponents of today's technology through creativity and innovation. They are the senior managers of engineering projects and teams of staff. To this end, they maintain and manage applications of current and developing technology, and may undertake engineering design, development, manufacture, construction and operation. Incorporated Engineers are variously engaged in technical and commercial management.

Chartered Engineers (CEng) are the leaders of industry and particularly, change. They characterised by their creative abilities, to develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems, using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change. They might develop and apply new technologies, promote advanced designs and design methods, introduce new and more efficient production techniques, marketing and construction concepts, pioneer new engineering services and management methods. Chartered Engineers are variously engaged in technical and commercial leadership.

The combined qualifications offered by ICME and the Engineering Council will enable you to upgrade your professional status not only within the UK but also internationally.

International Qualifications

Registered Chartered Engineers can apply to ICME to become a Eur Ing. This title is recognised throughout Europe. ICME ensures that European qualifications are extended to all ICME members registered with the Engineering Council.