If you are a new IFE member or IFE Engineering Council registrant, it is important to note the correct order for your post nominals (letters after your name, also referred to as designatory letters). These are written as follows:
IFE Membership Grades (Fellow, Member, Associate, Graduate and Technician):
FIFireE MIFireE AIFireE GIFireE TIFireE
IFE EngC Registration Levels (Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer and Engineering Technician)
CEng IEng EngTech
Please note the correct placement of capital and lowercase letters; no punctuation or spaces should be used.
We encourage our members to use their IFE (and EngC, if applicable) post nominals at every opportunity, including email sign-offs, official letters, tender documents etc. This helps raise the profile of your professional status with us.
IFE Membership and Registration post nominals should be ordered with EngC registration first, immediately followed by the relevant IFE grade, for example EngTech TIFireE or CEng FIFireE. Registration and membership post nominals should go after academic post nominals, such as university degrees, and before Armed Forces post nominals (such as RN or RAF).
So, if you are an IFE Member grade member with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree, your post nominals should look like the following: Mr A Person BSc (Hons) MIFireE
If you are an IFE Fellow grade member with a Master of Engineering degree and you have achieved Charted Engineer status, you post nominals should look like the following: Mr A Person MEng CEng FIFireE
If you have recently been registered with the IFE as an Engineering Technician you are automatically conferred as a Technician member (or Graduate member, depending on academic qualifications) of the IFE and are entitled to use the following post nominals: Mr A Person EngTech TIFireE or Mr A Person EngTech GIFireE
If you have a PhD, you can either use the title Dr or the post nominal PhD: Dr A Person MIFireE or Mr A Person PhD MIFireE
Note to EngC registrants: You may be interested to know that there is an EngC logo that you can download and use on your email signatures, business cards, letterheads etc. For more information, please visit https://ws.engc.org.uk/logoorders/.
For more information on the use of post nominals, please see the following resources:
IFE guidance on use of post nominals
IFE flowchart displaying correct order of post nominals
Engineering Council Professional Registration FAQs
List of post nominals used in the UK
Note to members on cancelled/lapsed memberships: Should you cancel your IFE membership or your membership is suspended due to non-payment, you are no longer entitled to use your IFE post nominals (including EngC post nominals if you are registered through the IFE).
All subscriptions and fees fall due for payment on 1 January each year.