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Are you ready for the CEng challenge?

It’s been a whole year since the CIPHE was awarded a licence to grant members Chartered Engineer (CEng) status via the Engineering Council UK. Since then we’ve seen members keen to take on the CEng challenge. In this week’s blog we take a quick look at the process and the main reasons why members choose to go down the Chartered Engineer route.

It should be no surprise that professional qualifications can significantly improve career prospects, lead to higher earning potential and provide professional credibility. Chartered Engineers are undoubtedly role models, especially for those just starting out in the industry who may never have realised the career opportunities for their chosen profession.

Over the years, the Institute has built a clear path of career progression and worked to enhance the status of plumbing and heating engineers. It all started with its licence to register suitably qualified members at Engineering Technician (EngTech), then Incorporated Engineer (IEng) levels, as well as the development of it’s Apprentice, Journeyman and Master Plumber Certificate schemes. The CEng licence is the cherry on the top for showing just what you can achieve.

How do you get to CEng?

The truth is it’s not easy. You would need to either be a degree level professional (preferably at Masters level), or you could go through the individual, work-based, assessment process – designed specifically for people who do not hold academic qualifications.

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.’

Therefore to be considered for this status, Chartered Engineers must 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.


The route isn’t for everyone, but for those who are interested the CIPHE can offer guidance and support throughout your application. For more information, contact the CIPHE on 01708 472791 or email