Engineering Technician

Who is it for?

An Engineering Technician applies proven techniques and procedures to solve practical engineering problems. Applies safe systems of work. 

Engineering Technicians can demonstrate: 

  • Engineering knowledge and understanding to apply technical and practical skills 
  • Evidence of their contribution to either the design, development, manufacture, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, processes or services 
  • Supervisory or technical responsibility 
  • Effective interpersonal skills in communicating technical matters 
  • The ability to operate in accordance with safe systems of work and to demonstrate appropriate understanding of the principles of sustainability 
  • Commitment to professional engineering values.

Why register as an Engineering Technician?                     

Engineering Technicians play a crucial role in a range of jobs across every branch of the fire engineering profession. The letters ‘EngTech’ mark you out as a skilled professional engineer. Customers – and the public more widely – are likely to have a higher level of confidence in you. The EngTech award clearly demonstrates that the holder has experience, drive and commitment and is a competent, registered professional.

'EngTechNow' is a campaign currently highlighting the benefits of EngTech registration.  Take a look at these resources which highlight the value of EngTech registration to engineering technicians and employers.  

Lynsey Seal BEng (Hons) AMIMechE CEng MIFireE is currently a Senior Fire Engineer and Head of London Fire Brigade’s Fire Engineering Group and has the following to say about the importance of the IFE’s EngTech Engineering Council registration process:

"Some of our officers do not hold formal qualifications so our new training programme accompanied by the opportunity to apply to the IFE / Engineering Council is seen as having real value for these individuals, providing them with the opportunity and motivation to consider going on to further individual development. It also provides them with the professional credibility needed to undertake their roles." 

Engineering Technicians also benefit from:

  • professional recognition in the global fire sector
  • enhanced career prospects
  • 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 EngTech logo

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.

How to apply

Our assessment standards for Engineering Technician also satisfy the requirements for Technician and Graduate grade membership of the IFE, dependant on your academic qualifications. This means that you can apply for EngTech registration and Technician (TIFireE) or Graduate (GIFireE) via a single application. 

If you are currently registered as an Engineering Technician and would like to progress to Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status, please view the Engineering Council's 'Pathways to professional registration' toolkit which provides guidance around upgrading your registration.

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 and your application fee.


Application checklist

Academic requirement

Other requirements

One of the following:

  • IFE Level 3 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations, Safety and Management, IFE Level 3 Diploma (formerly IFE Graduate exam), IFE Level 4 Certificate (formerly IFE Member exam) or IFE Level 5 Award in Fire Investigation
  • Edexcel / SFJ / Industry Awards QCF Level 4 Diploma in Fire Safety (Inspectors)
  • FSEB Station Officer Exams (pass in all 4 written papers)
  • CFPA Europe Advanced Diploma in Fire Prevention awarded prior to Feb-2016
  • HNC, HND, Foundation Degree or equivalent in Fire Safety Engineering / Fire Safety Studies or Fire Engineering
  • SFJA Level 5 Certificate in Fire Investigation (GATR)

If you do not have a qualification listed above, but believe your fire-related qualification is of Level 3 equivalence, please submit your fully completed application form along with: 

  • your qualification certificate and
  • any supporting evidence i.e. module list or course transcript.

Your application will then be assessed at our next panel meeting where next steps will be decided on the best route to registration for you.

If you do not have any fire-related qualifications at all, please submit:

  • your fully completed application form with
  • supporting evidence that demonstrates your knowledge and understanding of mathematics, science and fire engineering from first principles to Level 3 standard, i.e. technical project reports, papers of a technical nature or similar.

These will then be assessed by the panel and next steps explained.

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

All of the following:

  • Two years (indicative) experience
  • Two referees, both suitably qualified senior individuals with knowledge of your professional involvement in fire engineering.
  • Fully completed EngTech application form including details of IPD objectives A to E. EngTech Application Guidance

If you would like further advice, please email


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 documents

Please read the following documents before making your application:

CPD Guidance      CPD Log     Code of Conduct for IFE Registrants 

IFE's whistleblowing policy   IFE's 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