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CEng / IEng Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the difference between Chartered Engineer and Incorporated Engineer?

Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Chartered Engineers are characterised by their ability to develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems, using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change.

They may 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

Benefits of becoming CEng include the status of being part of a technological elite, recognition of your expertise and hard work and greater influence within your organisation and industry. You'll also enjoy access to life-long learning and international recognition of your qualifications.

Incorporated Engineer (IEng)

Professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) recognises your proven competence, commitment, skills and experience. It is an important milestone in the career of any engineer or technologist and can form an important part of a progressive career path leading to CEng.

Incorporated Engineers are characterised by their ability to 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 and possess effective interpersonal skills.

IEng registration shows your employer and peers that you have demonstrated a commitment to professional standards, and to developing and enhancing your competence. As a result, IEng can give you greater influence in your organisation or industry and improved career prospects.

2. How do I obtain more information about professional registration with INCOSE UK?

For more information, please call 01460 298217, or

3. Will my qualifications be recognised after Brexit?

The EU Directive on MRPQ was established in order to make it easier for EU/EEA countries to recognise each other’s professional qualifications. From 1 January, 2021 this legislation no longer applies to the UK. UK professionals seeking recognition in EU/EEA countries will now be treated as third country nationals and recognition will be based on the applicable rules of each individual EU/EEA country. The scope of regulation and details of activities which may require registration can be found in the EU Single Market Regulated Professions Database. In most EU/EEA countries, registration is not compulsory in order to work as an engineer and we have no reason to believe that applications for recognition will be refused.

Previous recognition decisions concerning UK professionals, that were made when the UK was a member of the EU, continue to be valid. This means that engineers who, for example, were awarded an EU/EEA professional title before 1 January 2021 are still entitled to use that title.

For individuals with an EU/EEA/Swiss qualification, the Recognition of Professional Qualifications Amendment (EU Exit) Regulations (2019) came into effect from 1 January 2021 and provides a route for professionals seeking recognition in the UK.