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Chartered Engineer (CEng)
Chartered Engineers are characterised by their ability to develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems, using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change.
Chartered Engineer (CEng)
Many physicists move into engineering at some point in their careers and so the Institute of Physics is happy to offer CEng to its members.

What are the requirements for CEng?
The benchmark for CEng is an accredited MEng degree coupled with approximately 5 years work experience, 2 years of which should demonstrate responsible experience. If you do not hold an accredited MEng degree, then the basic requirements are that you have a degree in physics or a related subject and demonstrate the missing engineering parts of your degree through a MEng equivalence report; this is a technical project which is undertaken in the 4th year of an MEng degree and should demonstrate the depth and breadth of your engineering knowledge in application.

If you are unsure if your degree is accredited please email

Application form and guidelines
All applications are submitted and assessed online. This system allows data to be saved and returned to at a later date.

For the application, you will need to answer a number of competences and provide evidence of your Initial professional development, evidence of your responsible experience as well as evidencing your continued professional development. You can find a summary of the application guidance for Chartered Engineer here. Anyone applying for Chartered Engineer is required to have a professional review interview.

When you feel you are ready to apply, follow this link CEng online application form. If you are already an IOP member then you will need to use your IOP login details. If you are not yet a member of the IOP you will need to go through the Member or Fellow application process first. Once this has been completed you will be able to progress with your CEng application.

Guidance on supporters
For all levels of registration, you are required to provide two supporters. These supporters must be able to verify the information in your application. Sometimes it may be necessary to provide the details of a third supporter however this is optional. While it is preferable if your supporter is themselves professionally registered it is not mandatory.

Areas to consider when choosing your supporters:

First supporter:  this must be someone who knows you or has known you professionally, working at a senior level to you and with direct knowledge of your role and responsibilities.  This could be fulfilled by your current line manager, employer, head of department or faculty, head teacher or training scheme mentor.

Second supporter: a supporter who knows or has known you professionally at a relevant point in your career. 

Optional third supporter: a third supporter may be necessary if your application covers periods spent at several different organisations or you undertake consultancy work.

Please ensure that between them, your supporters are willing and able to verify your experience. They should be contactable by email for several months after you submit your application. Supporters will be sent links to the form they need to complete online via a generic IOP email address. Please ask your supporters to provide an email address that doesn’t have a high firewall as this can delay your application.

Where will I be interviewed and on what dates are CEng interviews available?
The majority of interviews are held at the Institute's headquarters in London. However, where there are two or more candidates from the same company or town we can arrange for interviews to be held more locally. In many cases the employer of one of the candidates will be asked to provide a small room for our use. If you think this could apply to you please contact to see if anyone else in your area is due for an interview.

Please note that interviews are offered on a first come first served basis once supporters have returned their comments. Applicants cannot be offered an interview without supporters having returned their comments.

Contact the Membership Team
Please email or call +44(0)20 7470 4800 for further information.