Incorporated Engineer

Who is it for?

An Incorporated Engineer maintains and manages applications of current and developing technology, and may undertake engineering design, development, manufacture, construction and operation. 

Incorporated Engineers can demonstrate: 

  • The theoretical knowledge to solve problems in developed technologies using well proven analytical techniques 
  • Successful application of their knowledge to deliver engineering tasks or services using established technologies and methods 
  • Contribution to the financial and planning aspects of projects or tasks and to leading and developing other professional staff 
  • Effective interpersonal skills in communicating technical matters 
  • The ability to specify and operate to safe systems of work and to demonstrate appropriate consideration of the principles of sustainability 
  • Commitment to professional engineering values

Why become registered as an Incorporated Engineer?

The letters ‘IEng’ after your name mark you out as a key member of the fire engineering profession whose work is critical to your employer’s performance and efficiency. Incorporated Engineers command respect. They perform vital roles in every sector of industry, their responsibilities ranging from engineering design, manufacture and construction to system operation, maintenance and commissioning. Take a look at the IEng eBook.

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

Incorporated Engineers benefit from:

  • 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 IEng logo

The Engineering Council's 'Pathways to professional registration' toolkit provides useful guidance for individuals who are looking to progress their status to IEng.

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

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,applyingand 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 an Incorporated Engineer:

Director and Fire Engineering Consultant, Ron Hedger IEng MIFireE, has shared his experience of achieving professional registration with the IFE.

How to apply

Our assessment standards for Incorporated Engineer also satisfy the requirements for Member grade membership of the IFE. This means that you can apply for IEng 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 or honours degree in engineering
  • A relevant higher national certificate or diploma or a foundation degree, plus further learning to bachelors level

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:

If you do not meet the standard academic requirement, please submit a copy of your degree(s) course module list/transcript, plus a synopsis or abstract for any projects or dissertations that formed part of your degree(s).

Payment and subscriptions

If your application is successful, annual subscriptions are payable. Payments can be made by direct debit, credit/debit card, sterling cheque or bankers 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 Whistleblowing