Simple and instructive, the workshop gave members valuable advice on how to make an Engineering Council application.

The Society has conducted its first professional registration virtual workshop for potential Engineering Council candidates, as applications surged in March and April.

On Thursday, the SOE team guided engineers from several organisations through the registration procedure and the requirements to make application.

Due to Covid-19 and the subsequent change in working conditions, the Society has seen a significant increase in the number of Engineering Council applications. Around 50 engineers – mostly engineer surveyors from the inspection and insurance industries - tuned into the session, which was led by Professional Standards Manager Robin Bates.

Robin explained via video link application Zoom how registration – a voluntary means of demonstrating your professionalism – involves being held account by your peers for your abilities and adherence to ethical standards.

Of particular interest to engineer surveyors is the new streamlined Engineer Technician (EngTech) application form that provides a fast-track route to registration. By definition of the positions they hold in their respective professions, many engineer surveyors automatically meet various criteria needed to qualify for EngTech. By completing an application form, and providing a career history report, a CPD log and signed copies of relevant qualifications, engineer surveyors can quickly achieve EngTech. 

SOE members can also apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) can also be applied for through the Society’s registration team.

Robin explained how it is possible for engineers who do not have the necessary qualifications to achieve registration via the technical report option. Candidates can demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of engineering principles in a report as an alternative to the standard route.

Robin said: “Despite not being able to conduct these workshops face-to-face, we can still help anyone interested in becoming registered, and answer any questions they may have. I would encourage anyone who is interested in registration to make an application now. It does not take long, and it can make a big difference in your professional career.

“Covid-19 will fundamentally change the way we operate as an engineering institution, and it is our responsibility to find ways to provide our members with the help and guidance they may need,” added Robin.

For more information on Professional Registration workshops or to make an application, email: registration@soe.org.uk