Experiential Learning

You can now become a Chartered Engineer (CEng MICE) through an Experiential Learning Assessment instead of opting for a master's degree or an Incorporated Engineer (IEng MICE) through an Experiential Learning Assessment instead of opting for a top-up degree.

What is experiential learning?

Experiential Learning is an option for engineers who want to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng MICE) or an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) with ICE but don't have the required academic qualifications. Ordinarily, the qualifications for CEng are at master’s level, either an MEng degree or an MSc with an accredited bachelor’s degree. The qualifications for IEng are a bachelor degree either an ordinary or an honours degree such as a BSc (Hons) degree.

To apply for an Experiential Learning assessment for CEng, you must have an accredited Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, but instead of undertaking further formal academic study you show how your work-based experience gives you the same level of engineering knowledge and skills as someone who is educationally qualified for the grade.

To apply for an Experiential Learning assessment for IEng, you must have either an accredited foundation degree, an accredited or approved HND or HNC, or a qualification that has been assessed to be equivalent to one of these. But instead of undertaking further formal academic study you show how your work-based experience gives you the same level of engineering knowledge and skills as someone who is educationally qualified for the grade.

Following a successful Experiential Learning Assessment you will be able to complete your Initial Professional Development and progress to Professional Review.

The Experiential Learning Assessment process

You provide a written submission that demonstrates how you have achieved the Master’s level learning outcomes. The guidance document explains the process.

  • You must find a mentor to guide and support you. Your mentor will be an experienced engineer who understands the process and can verify that the submission is your own work
  • Your submission is assessed by two volunteer members
  • You may be asked to provide additional information or attend an interview if they are unable to come to a decision based on your submission
  • We will email you the result of your assessment

Academic qualifications you need

Before you can apply for an Experiential Learning Assessment you must be an ICE Graduate Member, Associate Member or a full Member and have an accredited Bachelor's degree or equivalent (for CEng) or an accredited or approved foundation degree, HNC, HND or equivalent (for IEng). This confirms your eligibility for the assessment

Applying for an Experiential Learning Assessment

Your Experiential Learning Assessment submission should include:

Further information

You can find out more about the CEng and IEng options by downloading the relevant guidance document below:

Download the CEng guidance document

Download the IEng guidance document

  • Document checklist

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