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Professional bodies in Engineering

The Engineering Council

The Engineering Council is the organisation that lays down requirements for registration of chartered status and where you have to register to become a chartered engineer. They have more than 235,000 registered engineers. Their UK-SPEC provides all the detail of what is required for each level of registration along with the other key parts of becoming chartered and the list of accredited courses.

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Professional Engineering Institutions

To be a registered engineer you also need to be a member of a professional engineering institution. There are currently 36 institutions, each with a focus on a type of engineering. Some of the institutions talked about on Herstory include:


You can view a definitive list of all institutions on the Engineering Council website:

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Other useful organisations

Women's Engineering Society is a network of women engineers, scientists and technologists that campaigns to encourage women to participate and achieve as engineers, scientists and as leaders.

Royal Academy of Engineering the UK's national academy for engineering - advancing and promoting excellence in engineering

EngineeringUK - promoting engineering and engineers promote the contribution engineers, engineering and technology makes to society

The UKRC is the lead organisation for advice and services regarding the under representation of women in science, engineering and technology

WISE - Women into Science, Engineering and Construction works to inspire girls and attract them to STEM studies and careers

Careers websites

Tomorrows Engineers is the engineering careers website aimed at schools to increase the uptake of engineering as a career

Future Morph: careers from science and engineering website hosted by the Science Council

Maths Careers is hosted by the maths and statistics community to promote careers with maths

An Industrial Engineer Career Guide is a reource from America which gives a useful overview of a wide range of engieering careers from Process Analyst to Ergonomics Specialist. Thanks to Rebecca from Indianapolis for finding this information and sharing it with us!