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Technical Report Route

This page explains how to become an ICE member (MICE) at Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) level through the Technical Report Route. Find out how the process works, what you need to do and how you’ll be assessed.

What's the Technical Report Route?

The Technical Report Route is for engineers who want to become members (MICE) – at Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered (CEng) level – but don't have the right academic qualifications.

Instead, 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. The usual qualifications are:

  • Bachelor (BEng, BSc) for IEng
  • Masters (MEng or MSc with an accredited CEng level bachelor degree) for CEng

If you have the right qualifications you should apply through the standard Professional Review.

How do we assess your engineering knowledge and skills?

We ask you to write two reports and to attend two interviews (an Academic Review and a Professional Interview).

If you choose the Technical Report Route, you'll also need to find a mentor to guide and support you through each stage. Your mentor will be an experienced engineer who understands the process.

If you decide this is the right option for you, you should also read our guidance, which gives details of what's involved at each stage.

What do I have to do?

The Technical Report Route has two main stages:

  • Stage 1 – Initial assessment
    For Stage 1 you'll need to send us several documents, so we can check you're ready to apply
  • Stage 2 – Professional Review, which takes place on the same day and includes:
    • Professional Review application (including a Technical and an Experience Report)
    • Academic Presentation and Interview (90mins) and Professional Interview (60mins)

      Academic Interview – you'll give a presentation based on your technical report. Your reviewers will then ask you questions to find out if you have the right level of technical engineering knowledge

      Professional Interview – this focuses on your experience report and assesses your professional experience. You'll need to pass the Academic Review before doing this interview
    • A written communication task (60-90mins)
      You will be set a communication task by your reviewers. The communications task will be based on current issues within the industry and you will be expected to respond as an engaged civil engineer, not a technical expert.

How can I find out more?

We’ve prepared a guidance document to help you get ready and apply for the Technical Report Route or you can contact our membership support team at [email protected].

Professional Review dates

View our key dates page to find out when the next Professional Reviews will take place.

How much does it cost?

You’ll need to pay a non-refundable fee when you apply, please see our fees page for more information.

Help with ICE elearning

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

Got a question?

If you've got any questions about the Technical Report Route, or you're struggling with an application, then we're here to help.