Become a 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

The Institute of Water’s Vice President Engineering recently set out the case for registration in a recent industry publication. You can download Michael Fowle’s article here.

What’s in it for you?

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 to end of calendar year) for Chartered Engineer (CEng) £51.90
Annual Renewal Fees for Chartered Engineer (CEng) £39.90

Don’t take our word for it:

Neil Smith, Construction Design Management Co-ordinator, Swansea City Council

Neil Smith started his career as Engineering Assistant undertaking a B.Eng (Hons) Degree on a part time basis.
Since joining the Institute of Water Neil has achieved Engineering Technician, Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Engineer status.

“To achieve recognition as a Chartered Engineer through the Institute of Water is a great source of pride to myself. It has allowed me to progress my professional standing across a multitude of general engineering and building functions.”


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.