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.

Why become a Chartered Engineer?

  • Nationally recognised demonstration of proven capabilities and competence
  • Professional credibility and status
  • Showcasing commitment to a Code of Professional Conduct and the undertaking of continued professional development (CPD).
  • Improved career prospects
  • Employer assurance

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, to 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 4th Edition).

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 Initial Application Form and Applicant’s Short Guide and follow the process outlined in the guide.

All applications for Chartered Engineer registration should refer to the fourth edition of UK-SPEC. The fourth edition was published in August 2020 and all Engineering Professional Registration applications will be assessed using these Standards.

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) £54.25
  • Annual Renewal Fees for Chartered Engineer (CEng) £41.72

For guidance and advice on professional registration, contact Stuart Craig, Professional Registration Manager, 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

James Sommerville, Project Engineer; Ross-Shire Engineering

Having worked in the water industry for over 8 years in both technical and leadership roles, it was a great delight to know that I had achieved chartered status through the Institute of Water.

It may have taken me longer than I initially planned, however it is always important to remind yourself that everyone will take their own journey in professional registration as well as personal development. I had a mentor in the beginning who was great at helping me clearly understand the process before I then set my own path and personal milestones. The gratification that comes from chartered status in showcasing my professional and technical development post degree education is the boost that will help me as I continue with a new role and career path within the industry that I am passionate about.

Recent Registrants 

David Graham – Professor of Ecosystems Engineering; Newcastle University

Ryan Murray – Senior Engineer; RPS Consulting UK & Ireland

Robert Primrose – Hydraulic Modeller; Scottish Water