Chartered Engineer

Who is it for?

A Chartered Engineer develops solutions to engineering problems using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity, technical analysis and change. They may be accountable for complex systems with significant levels of risk. 

Chartered Engineers can demonstrate: 

  • The theoretical knowledge to solve problems in new and established technologies and to develop new analytical techniques 
  • Successful application of the knowledge to deliver innovative products and services and/or taking technical responsibility for complex engineering systems 
  • Responsibility for the financial and planning aspects of projects, sub-projects or tasks 
  • Leadership and development of other professional staff through management, mentoring or coaching 
  • Effective interpersonal skills in communicating technical matters 
  • Understanding of the safety and sustainability implications of their work, seeking to improve aspects where feasible 
  • Commitment to professional engineering values. 

Why become Chartered?

The letters ‘CEng’ after your name carry considerable prestige and clearly mark you out as a significant player in the world of fire engineering. Chartered Engineers are at the forefront of meeting the world’s most pressing challenges. Chartered Engineers benefit from:

  • greater influence and professional recognition in the global fire sector
  • enhanced career prospects and earning potential
  • access to special interest groups, CPD tracking and current vacancies
  • IFE journal, newsletters and online access to archived publications
  • local and international CPD events
  • use of Engineering Council CEng logo

If you have attained a qualification that is accepted for Charted Engineer registration but have yet to gain sufficient experience in the workplace to meet all of the UK-SPEC standards then Interim registration is suitable for you.

Am I eligible?

About the Engineering Council competence and commitment standards

Engineering Council registration competence and commitment standards are assessed against the UK-SPEC and require you to produce evidence to progress in your application. 

What is competence? 

Competence is your ability to carry out engineering tasks successfully and safely within your field of practice. This includes having the individual skills, knowledge and understanding, personal behaviour and approach, to be able to work collaboratively with others to achieve the intended outcomes. Competence includes the ability to make professional judgments and an awareness of the limits of your own ability and knowledge in order to seek assistance when required. 

When you apply, the five areas of competence you need to demonstrate, and will be assessed on, are: 

A. Knowledge and understanding
B. Design, development and solving engineering problems
C. Responsibility, management and leadership 
D. Communication and interpersonal skills
E. Professional commitment

In order to become professionally registered through the IFE, you will need to satisfy these competencies in relation to fire engineering, see specific competencies here. 

To see examples of competency evidence requirements at CEng, IEng and EngTech levels click here to visit the current Engineering Council UK-SPEC (UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence). 

What is commitment? 

Commitment is the demonstration of personal and professional commitment to society, the environment and to your profession. As part of demonstrating overall competence, it is mandatory you show that you have adopted a set of values and conduct that maintains and enhances the reputation of the profession. 

Your application needs to show evidence of: 

  • Maintaining public and employee safety
  • Undertaking work in a way that protects the environment and contributes to sustainable development
  • Complying with codes of conduct, codes of practice and the legal and regulatory framework
  • Managing, applying and improving safe systems of work 
  • Carrying out the CPD necessary to maintain and enhance competence in relation to duties and responsibilities
  • Exercising responsibilities in an ethical manner
  • Recognising inclusivity and diversity
  • Adopting a security-minded approach
  • Actively participating within the profession

To see examples of commitment evidence requirements at CEng, IEng and EngTech levels click here to visit the current Engineering Council UK-SPEC. 

Meet a Chartered Engineer:

Adreena Parkin-Coates CEng MIFireE tells how she has benefited from achieving this status with the IFE.

Principal Fire Engineer, Lynsey Seal CEng FIFireE, has shared her experience of achieving professional registration with the IFE.

For details of what the Engineering Council and registration is all about watch their video here.

The IFE offers a Find a UK Fire Engineer directory which provides details of IEng and CEng registrants. Click here to view the directory.

How to apply

Our assessment standards for Chartered Engineer also satisfy the requirements for Member grade membership of the IFE. This means that you can apply for CEng registration and Member (MIFireE) via a single application. 

If you live outside the UK, we encourage you to contact your local branch (if available) first, especially if you prefer to pay in local currency. If a local branch is not available, you prefer to deal with us directly, or you live in the UK, please apply by clicking the 'apply now' button below, send copies of your supporting documentation, your Professional Review Report and your application fee.


Application checklist

Academic requirement

Other requirements

One of the following:

  • An accredited bachelors degree with honours in engineering together with an accredited or approved masters degree or approved further learning to masters level.
  • An accredited MEng degree

Check to see if your degrees are accredited by the Engineering Council here. 

The Institution of Fire Engineers believes in the value of experience as well as academic qualifications. 

That’s why we’ll consider your application if you don’t meet the academic qualification requirements but can prove you have the same level of knowledge and understanding.

Based on your application submission, our Individual Route Panel will make a recommendation and inform you of any additional evidence required. 

All of the following:

Payment and subscriptions

If your application is successful, annual subscriptions are payable. Payment can be made by direct debit, credit/debit card, sterling cheque or bank draft. All other ways to pay are listed here.

Useful links

Please read the following documents before making your application:

CPD Guidance     CPD Log      Code of Conduct for IFE Registrants

IFE whistleblowing policy    IFE whistleblowing guidance

Guidance on the use of post nominals  EngC guidance Statement of Ethical Principles

EngC guidance on Sustainability EngC guidance on Risk

EngC guidance on Whistleblowing EngC guidance on Security

European Directive Route to CEng Registration - The European Directive 'Recognition of Professional Qualifications' Route is open to those who are already registered as a professional engineer by a recognised European Engineering Institution and who wish to join the IFE at member grade and can demonstrate their competence at CEng level in the fire engineering field. Please apply by completing the European Directive Route CEng Application Form and submitting it along with supporting documentation and your application fee.