Become an Engineering Technician (EngTech)

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 an Engineering Technician?

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 an Engineering Technician, click here for the Engineering Council’s Specification booklet (UK-SPEC).

Why become an Engineering Technician?

  • 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.

How to become an Engineering Technician

Consider the standards required for registration as an Engineering Technician by reading the relevant section within the UK-SPEC booklet 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 an application form and applicant’s short guide and follow the process outlined in the guide.

All candidates for registration as an Engineering Technician 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 Engineering Technician (EngTech) NIL
Initial Registration Fees (covers registration to end of calendar year) for Engineering Technician (EngTech) £17.50
Annual Renewal Fees for Engineering Technician (EngTech) £19.00

Don’t take our word for it:

Alison Edwards, Water Resources Planner, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

Alison has 22 years’ experience in the water industry and has an HNC in Civil and Construction Engineering. Alison also has a BSc (Hones) in Water Resources. Alison decided to apply for Registration as an Engineering Technician, in order to give professional recognition of her academic qualifications and experience.

“I was so pleased when it was confirmed that I had achieved EngTech recognition. It was very important for me to establish my level of knowledge and understanding through the formal process of registration. Now that I have been through the process for EngTech it will allow me a clearer understanding on how to tackle the next step in my career aspirations of recognition as an Incorporated Engineer.”