ICE continues to welcome applications from EU citizens for recognition of their professional qualifications following the UK referendum decision in June 2016 to leave the EU.
The rights of citizens of EU member states for recognition of their professional qualifications in the UK will remain unchanged until negotiations to determine Britain’s future relationship with the EU are progressed. During this time, ICE will be working with the UK government and European bodies to support ICE members’ interests, welcome members from other EU member states, and maintain the benefits arising from international mutual recognition. We will endeavour to give members and potential members as much notice as possible of any change to this recognition route.
Is this route right for me?
- Your right to EU recognition is determined by EU legislation on the recognition of professional qualifications which supports the free movement of professionals across the EU.
- This route is suitable for practising civil engineers who are already professionally qualified in another EU member state and want to work in the UK using the title CEng MICE, IEng MICE or EngTech MICE.
- Registration is not a legal requirement to practise as an engineer in the UK, but CEng MICE, IEng MICE and EngTech MICE are protected titles which cannot be used without Engineering Council registration and ICE membership.
- EU recognition for a protected title is not automatic. We will undertake an individual assessment of your level of existing knowledge, experience and competence against ICE standards for the relevant grade based on the information provided in your application. There will be further stages of assessment if your application is not initially successful.
- Even if you are eligible for EU recognition, you can choose to qualify by ICE Professional Review instead. This may be of particular interest if you are already training with ICE, or if you are planning to work outside the UK now or in the future. This is because agreements to facilitate registration with other institutions usually require members to have qualified directly and not on the basis of recognition.
Am I eligible for EU recognition?
To be eligible to apply to ICE for this recognition, you must:
- Be an EU citizen or holder of EU rights
- Intend to work in the UK as a civil engineer using one of our protected titles: CEng MICE, IEng MICE or EngTech MICE
- Already be fully-qualified to practise the profession of civil engineer in your home member state before coming to work in the UK. Evidence of the formal qualifications that give you access to practise that profession will be required from the relevant authority in your home member state.
The criteria that determines whether you are already fully qualified to practise depend on whether the civil engineering profession or the professional title that you hold is regulated or unregulated in your home member state. These criteria and how to obtain your evidence of formal qualifications are explained in our guidance on recognition of EU professional qualifications.
You may not be eligible if you had UK academic qualifications or UK professional experience before getting qualified in your home member state, so please check with us first if this is the case. Email your CV and the details of your academic and professional qualifications to email@example.com
How do I apply?
You can submit an application at any time by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Details of the submission requirements and full application process are explained in our guidance on recognition of EU professional qualifications.
We will process your application and get back to you within a month to confirm if it is complete and ready for assessment. Once we have confirmed your application is complete, the assessment itself may then take up to four months.
All applications for recognition are assessed and approved for admission by ICE’s Exemption & Recognition Panel, who are qualified members and experienced ICE Reviewers.
Once your application has been assessed, you will receive a decision letter by email from the Panel. If your application is successful you will be approved for membership and admitted on payment of your subscription fees. If your application is not successful we will explain why and you may choose to complete a compensation measure. These are explained in more detail in our guidance on recognition of EU professional qualifications.
There is an application fee for this route and an additional fee for a compensation measure. Please check our application fees webpage for current costs.
Successful applicants must pay an initial entry fee for Engineering Council registration and the ICE membership subscription fee for that year (prorated depending when you join). Annual subscription fees must then be paid for both registration and membership to retain your protected title. Please check our subscription fees webpage for current costs.
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