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Engineering Technician (EngTech)
Engineering Technicians apply proven techniques and procedures to the solution of practical engineering problems.
Engineering Technician (EngTech)

To become an Engineering Technicians you will need to demonstrate you can apply proven techniques and procedures to the solution of practical engineering problems.

Engineering Technicians often have an engineering or technical certificate or diploma, but you do not need a formal qualification to become registered. Many engineering technicians are able to demonstrate competence through their work based learning. Although you do not need any formal qualifications, you will need to have appropriate knowledge and understanding to NVQ/SVQ level 3 or equivalent.

You will need to demonstrate competence and commitment across five areas by providing examples from your working life.

Those five areas are:

  • Use engineering knowledge and understanding to apply technical and practical skills.
     
  • Contribute to the design, development, manufacture, construction, commissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, processes, systems or services.
     
  • Accept and exercise personal responsibility.
     
  • Use effective communication and interpersonal skills.
     
  • Make a personal commitment to an appropriate code of professional conduct, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment.

Once registered, you must maintain your status through meeting continuing professional development requirements each year.


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.


Contact the Professional Standards Team
Please email cpd@iop.org or call 020 7470 4800 for further information.