Many qualifications exist that demonstrate the technical competence of a candidate but one of the most sought after by employers is Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Typically earned while on the job, the Chartered Engineer qualification shows that you can solve practical problems, think outside the box and complete work to a high standard – all essential when you’re managing a project. CEng qualifications are particularly attractive to employers due to the emphasis on solving problems using innovative solutions, incorporating new technology and team leadership.
Here we take a look at the routes that can be taken to achieve CEng status, and the options that can open up for candidates who have the qualification:
The CEng standard requires a high level of knowledge and understanding. In order to ensure you qualify for CEng status you must have a minimum level of academic qualification:
- An integrated MEng degree
- A CEng accredited bachelor’s degree, plus accredited master’s degree
If the candidate doesn’t have qualifications at this level they may still be able to qualify by submitting a Technical Report to demonstrate equivalent knowledge.
Beginning the journey to achieving Chartered Engineer status is usually done through a professional body such as the Engineering Council. If you are not already a member of a professional engineering institution your first step is to join the most appropriate governing body for your field, such as the ICE for Civil Engineers. The governing body will itself have minimum requirements for qualifications and technical knowledge so membership is a positive sign to employers in the first place, showing commitment to your career path. The Engineering Council has a handy Pocket Guide that explains the routes to achieving membership of the body.
Building a Portfolio
You will need to build a portfolio of evidence to show your knowledge and understanding is up to the level required for CEng. This is completed post-graduation in the workplace and consists of several stages:
Initial Professional Development – Usually started by aspiring Engineers on their first post-graduate job, Initial Professional Development (IPD) is often undertaken through accredited apprenticeship and graduate schemes, though it can be developed independently. IPD shows that your skills and understanding meet the standards required for professional registration and usually takes 4 – 6 years to complete. Progress towards achieving technical competence must be recorded and submitted to your professional body for review.
Specifically, you will be required to demonstrate:
- Professional commitment.
- Design and development of processes, systems, services and products
- Communication and interpersonal skills
- Knowledge and understanding
- Responsibility, management or leadership
Professional Review – The candidate must submit the portfolio of evidence they have accumulated to their governing body. This portfolio should include demonstrations of the training and in-depth knowledge they have developed over their career in the form of a documented report demonstrating when you have shown the values required by your governing body. You will usually then be asked to attend an interview where you will have to go over your portfolio in-depth and demonstrate in person the knowledge and experience required to achieve chartered status.
No matter what industry you are in the route to achieving Chartered Engineer status can be long and arduous, but the end result is an internationally recognised title that employers recognise as the highest mark of technical competence.
If you would like advice on your career development, or more information on how to go about achieving chartered status for the individual governing bodies in the Engineering and Construction sector, contact James Gray Recruitment and we will be happy to provide further guidance.