Assessing your professional experience

You will need to satisfy the underpinning knowledge and understanding requirements as well as demonstrating competence and commitment as set out in UK-SPEC. When you make an application you will submit formal documented evidence of any relevant qualifications, experience or training and show how this relates to the required competences and commitment for the registration category you are apply for. We will then carry out an assessment known as a Professional Review. For Engineering Technician this is usually a one stage process, an assessment of written evidence. For Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Engineer this is a two stage process, an assessment of written evidence known as a Professional Review Report and then a Professional Review Interview.   

Professional Review Report

The professional review report is a written report demonstrating that you have gained sufficient breadth and depth of engineering and management experience and undertaken a position of responsibility appropriate to a Chartered Engineer (CEng) or an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

It should describe the experience you have acquired, your professional achievements and highlight those activities that relate to the competency and commitment criteria set out in UK-SPEC for CEng or IEng.

We’ll provide you with a copy of the appropriate competency and commitment statements for you to refer to when writing your report. We would also advise you to read the Professional Review Report and Interview guidance. 

As a rough guide, a Professional Review Report for CEng should be around 3,000 words and for IEng 1,500 words. Once you have submitted your report you’ll be invited to attend a Professional Review Interview.

Professional Review Interview

Being invited to attend a Professional Review Interview is a good sign as it means you have demonstrated your competence and commitment sufficiently on paper. The purpose of the interview is to confirm that your experience is substantially as described in your application documents including your Professional Review Report.

Interviews take place at IGEM House located in Kegworth in the East Midlands and are conducted by two, IGEM-trained, professionally registered engineers who will ask you questions about your report and the relevant competency and commitment criteria. The interview typically lasts between 1 and 1.5 hours. They are your opportunity to show the breadth and depth of the knowledge that you’ve gained through working in the sector. We set interview dates throughout the year. 

2021 interview dates

Professional Registration Interview dates have been confirmed for 2021, please note that due to current circumstances the interviews will be held remotely using a video conferencing facility. 

Interviews will take place at 9.3012.30 and 15.30 on the following dates:

Thursday, 21st January 2021
Thursday, 11th March 2021
Thursday, 22nd April 2021
Thursday, 3rd June 2021
Thursday, 15th July 2021
Thursday, 26th August 2021
Thursday, 14th October 2021
Thursday, 25th November 2021

For more information please contact the Membership Services team at

Revised Standards for Professional Registration

All applicants for registration and membership of IGEM are assessed against the standards as defined by the Engineering Council (EngC) in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). The 4th edition of the UK-SPEC was published on 1 September 2020, for implementation across the sector by 31 December 2021. The 4th edition is available here, with a summary of the key changes. 

The competence and commitment statements for Engineering Technician (EngTech)Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) are now available on our website.