Chartered Engineer (CEng)

If you are a competent practising engineer and are interested in developing your career and improving your job prospects why not consider becoming a registered engineer? The Institute of Water is licensed to register Chartered Engineers, Incorporated Engineers and Engineering Technicians. There are different pathways to registration available and full advice and support throughout the application process is offered.

Who can become a Chartered Engineer?

Registration is open to anyone who can demonstrate competence to perform work to the necessary standards, commitment to maintain that competence, work within professional codes and participate actively within the profession.

To find out whether you can register as a a Chartered Engineer, click here for the Engineering Council’s Specification booklet (UK-SPEC).

Why become a Chartered Engineer?

  • Enhanced professional status
  • Improved career prospects
  • Higher earnings potential
  • Employer assurance

How to become a Chartered Engineer

Consider the standards required for registration as a Chartered Engineer by reading the relevant section within the UK-SPEC and decide whether these apply to you (you should discuss this with your line manager or another registered engineer). If you are ready to apply, download our Applicants Short Guide to Registrations and Initial Application Form and follow the process outlined in the guide.

All candidates for registration as a Chartered Engineer must be members of a professional body such as the Institute of Water. Click here to find out more about Institute of Water membership.

As part of your application you will be asked to produce a copy of your CPD record. Institute of Water members have exclusive access to our online CPD platform to support you in the recording and presenting of this, click here to find out more.


  • Professional Review Fees for Chartered Engineer (CEng) £168
  • Initial Registration Fees (covers registration until your next membership renewal date) for Chartered Engineer (CEng) £53.20
  • Annual Renewal Fees for Chartered Engineer (CEng) £40.90


For guidance and advice on professional registration, contact Sarah Dunn, Professional Registration Coordinator, on 0191 422 0088 or

International Registration

Individuals registered in the UK as Chartered Engineers (CEng) have the opportunity to gain wider recognition for their particular skills and expertise. Provided they have the necessary qualifications and experience, they can apply for the title of International Professional Engineer (IntPE), aimed at making it easier for holders to practise their profession overseas. The Engineering Council is responsible for maintaining the UK section of the IntPE Register.

Anyone wishing to register can download an application form. All applicants should read the guidance notes before completing the application form. Registration fees are £105, renewable every five years at a fee of £60. Cheques should be payable to ‘Institute of Water’ and submitted with the application form and supporting evidence outlined on the form.


Meet a Chartered Engineer

In this case study Conor Crawford, Technical Director of Jacobs, shares his experience of applying for professional registration through the Institute of Water.

“I’ve been working in the water industry for quite a few years but until now had not got round to achieving Chartership.

I had started the process with another Institution on a few occasions but with a young family at home I was finding it difficult to free up time to complete this (probably an excuse rather than a real reason). A colleague suggested that I should consider the Institute of Water as a route to Chartership. I applied to join and was encouraged to apply for professional registration straight away. I would have to say that the process of preparing for and attaining Chartership was very straight forward. The professional review, which took place in Belfast, was much more enjoyable than I was anticipating, and I was delighted when I received confirmation that I had been successful. I received great support from colleagues and the Institute of Water membership team when compiling my report on competences and preparing for the interview, and I have subsequently encouraged a number of colleagues to become Institute of Water members and work towards chartered or incorporated status. I find that the Institute of Water is very relevant to my career and would recommend it to anyone working in the water industry.”

In this case study Lisa McKenzie, Asset Investment Manager at Veolia UK, shares her experience of applying for professional registration through the Institute of Water.

“Leaving the education system can feel a little like being dropped into space, you have no idea of the direction in which you’ll float. You might see something you’d like to aim for, but sometimes paddling furiously to get to it sends you in the opposite direction. The Chartership process can be like a jet pack, once you set the direction and put fuel in, the jet pack will get you moving.

After a master’s degree and 8 years’ experience in the workplace I opened the Engineering Council’s UK SPEC and looked at the 17 criteria I’d need to find excellent examples for – my initial feeling was sheer apprehension. However I soon saw this as an opportunity to evaluate where I was in this ‘real life’. I put aside a few hours each week to work through it and after a couple of months I had a report I’d surprised myself with.

For this alone, I’d recommend starting your report, even if you’re not sure you’re quite ready to apply. It’s a great way of objectively figuring out where you are and what areas you could do with more experience in – you can take it to your boss and use it as a development framework. Achieving the CEng mark after my name has given me confidence in my experience and I’ve recently joined the Institute of Water committee, hoping to help others do the same.