Experiential Learning

You can now become a Chartered Engineer (CEng MICE) through an Experiential Learning Assessment - either managerial or technical - instead of opting for a master's degree.

What is experiential learning?

Experiential learning is an option for engineers who want to become a Chartered Engineer with ICE (CEng MICE) 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.

To apply for an experiential learning assessment 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.

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

Academic qualifications you need

  • Before you can apply for an Experiential Learning Assessment you will need to be an ICE Graduate Member and have an accredited bachelor's degree or equivalent. This confirms your eligibility for the assessment and which option you need – managerial or technical.
    Your Experiential Learning Assessment will depend on your academic qualifications:If your degree is accredited at the CEng with further learning level (usually a BEng (Hons) degree (see JBM website), or has been assessed as equivalent, then you will need to complete the Managerial Experiential Learning option
  • If your degree is accredited at the IEng level (usually a BSc (Hons) degree), or has been assessed as equivalent, then you will need to complete the Technical Experiential Learning option

Applying for an Experiential Learning Assessment

You will need to send several documents with your application for us to confirm if you meet the academic base for CEng registration.
Your Experiential Learning Assessment submission should include:

  • An Experiential Learning Assessment form (maximum 500 words per learning outcome)
    • If you’re submitting a Technical Experiential Learning Report you must provide evidence covering learning outcome areas 1-6
    • If you’re submitting a Managerial Experiential Learning Report you will need to provide evidence relating to learning outcome areas 3-6
  • An extended CV
  • Appendices (not more than 8 A4 sides – this also includes 3 sides of A3 pages.)
  • 3 years of previous PDR records
  • 1 year of current DAP records.
  • A non-refundable fee
  • A letter or email from your mentor confirming that your experiential learning submission is your own work and that you have gained the experience stated in your submission

Learning Outcomes

Here are the Learning Outcomes that you will need to respond to when completing your Experiential Learning Submission form, please remember there is a maximum of 500 words per learning outcome:

(Technical submissions only)

  1. Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of relevant specialist engineering concepts, using advanced scientific and mathematical principles and the application of appropriate critical evaluations including new insights or solutions for current problems.
  2. Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of methods for analysing and solving complex problems incorporating new and emerging technologies and using new data in tackling unfamiliar problems, such as those with uncertain or incomplete data or specifications, by adopting appropriate innovation.

(both Technical and Managerial submissions)

  1. Demonstrate that you have the knowledge and comprehensive understanding of design processes and methodologies and the ability to adapt them to unfamiliar situations and in innovative ways. You should also demonstrate your understanding and skills to work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain, quantify the effect of this on the design and, where appropriate, use theory or experimental research to mitigate deficiencies.
  2. In a multidisciplinary team framework, demonstrate that you have acquired the knowledge and skills to lead projects where safety, commercial, legal and social contexts have been evident. You must also reference the underpinning of ethical and sustainable principles. Note: please give equal weighting to each aspect of this Learning Outcome.
  3. Demonstrate that you have acquired the knowledge and skills to communicate widely, lead and take responsibility for decisions.
  4. Demonstrate that you have acquired the knowledge and skills to plan, adapt and carry out CPD activity at master’s level.

Help with ICE elearning

For help and assistance in completing your application, watch our online videos hosted by membership experts.

Watch the Experiential Learning videos