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Progressing through the ranks

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) can now help members progress all the way through from apprentice level to Chartered Engineer (CEng).

This is the first time in the CIPHE’s history that it’s been awarded licence via the Engineering Council to award the very highest level of engineering status to its membership.

The levels:
The definitions from the Engineering Council UK are as follows:

Engineering Technician (EngTech)
Engineering Technicians (EngTech) are one of the CIPHEs most widely awarded accreditations. They ‘apply proven techniques and procedures to the solution of practical engineering problems… (and) apply safe systems of work’. Which in real terms means that they can demonstrate:

  • Evidence of their contribution to either the design, development, manufacture, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, processes or services
  • Supervisory or technical responsibility
  • Effective interpersonal skills in communicating technical matters
  • Commitment to professional engineering values.



Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
The next level up from EngTech is Incorporated Engineer (IEng). They are expected to ‘maintain and manage applications of current and developing technology, and may undertake engineering design, development, manufacture, construction and operation.’

At this level, candidates have to demonstrate:

  • The theoretical knowledge to solve problems in developed technologies using well proven analytical techniques
  • Successful application of their knowledge to deliver engineering projects or services using established technologies and methods
  • Responsibility for project and financial planning and management together with some responsibility for leading and developing other professional staff
  • Effective interpersonal skills in communicating technical matters
  • Commitment to professional engineering values.


Chartered Engineer (CEng)
The Institute’s newly acquired licence demonstrates the highest level of engineering excellence. Chartered Engineers (CEng) ‘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.’

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.



Are you interested in finding out more? Contact the CIPHE on 01708 472791 or email membership@ciphe.org.uk