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Mutual recognition

Find out how you can use your existing professional qualification to gain MICE and Engineering Council registration through our Mutual Recognition agreements. These are international agreements made between two engineering bodies which provide a streamlined route to membership at the equivalent grade to each other’s members.

If you currently hold one of the professional qualifications listed below, and you achieved this by the standard route with a review or interview and not on the basis of recognition or transfer from another institution, then you can apply directly for the equivalent grade of ICE membership and Engineering Council registration.

Please note: Even if you’re eligible for recognition you can still choose to qualify with us directly by Professional Review if you prefer, and we will accept your professionally qualified status in lieu of completion of our own initial professional development.

If you do qualify with us by mutual recognition, you will not be able to use your title as the basis for registration with other engineering institutions. If you would like to know more about this, please contact [email protected].

Institution Professional qualification ICE equivalent Grade
Engineers Ireland CEng MIEI* CEng MICE
Engineers Ireland AEng MIEI* IEng MICE
Engineers Ireland EngTech MIEI* EngTech MICE
Hong Kong Institution of Engineers MHKIE – member of HKIE in the Civil or Geotechnical Discipline CEng MICE
Engineering Council of South Africa & South African Institution of Civil Engineers PrEng MSAICE – Professional Engineer registered with ECSA and member of SAICE of at least one year standing CEng MICE
Engineering New Zealand CPEng and/or CMEngNZ, Chartered Member CEng MICE
Engineering New Zealand CMEngNZ (Eng.Technologist) IEng MICE
Engineering New Zealand CMEngNZ (Eng. Technician) EngTech MICE
Agency for Qualification of Professional Engineers (AQPE) Expert Professional Engineer CEng MICE
Agency for Qualification of Professional Engineers (AQPE) Senior Professional Engineer IEng MICE/ CEng MICE**
Asociación De Ingenieros Profesionales De España (AIPE) Expert Professional Engineer CEng MICE
Asociación De Ingenieros Profesionales De España (AIPE) Senior Professional Engineer CEng MICE

* EEA nationals may also be eligible to apply for EEA recognition under the terms of UK legislation. Note that this is subject to change at short notice.

** To apply for recognition as an Incorporated Engineer, you must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering recognised at level 6 in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). To apply for recognition as a Chartered Engineer, you must have a master’s degree in engineering recognised at level 7 in the EQF. Candidates with a level 6 qualification who wish to apply for recognition as a Chartered Engineer will be asked to undertake an additional assessment with ICE, to establish whether they have gained the underpinning knowledge and understanding required, equivalent to level 7, through their work.

Making an application

Before you start, you will need an ICE membership number. If you don’t already have one, please create a non-member account by registering with MyICE. This will enable you to make payments online and access information on our website tailored to your particular interests. You will find your membership number within “My Profile” in your MyICE account.

You should make your application in line with the application deadline.

We will process your application within one month and confirm if your application is complete and ready for assessment. If there is any missing information we will tell you and will not proceed with the assessment until it has been received.

The assessment itself may then take up to four months. During this time your name will be published on our Admission Procedure 3 list for 28 days, to notify others of your application for membership.

All applications for recognition are assessed for admission by ICE’s Exemption & Recognition Panel, who are qualified Members and experienced ICE Reviewers. They meet regularly throughout the year.

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 following payment of your subscription fees. Providing you select the tick-box on the application form, if you are successful your name will be published as a newly qualified member on our pass list and subsequently on the New Civil Engineer website.

If your application is not successful we will explain why, and you may be invited either to provide more information or to attend an interview at a mutually convenient date and time. If you are ultimately unsuccessful after those steps and wish to appeal, you should follow our Appeals guidance.

What do I need to submit?

  • Please submit your application and supporting documents in one PDF document, no larger than 5mb, via the application portal, if you experience any problems please email us at [email protected].
  • Application fee. Please refer to our application fees page for the current fee
  • A detailed CV, with descriptions of the projects on which you have worked, including size, cost and positions of responsibility, as well as your key achievement
  • Certified copies of your academic qualifications. If your courses are not already recognised for Engineering Council registration we may also need additional information about them and the knowledge assessment undertaken by your home institution (see further guidance in the application form).
  • A certified copy of your professional institution membership certificate and engineering registration certificate
  • Completed Sponsor statement of support – see application form and the relevant Sponsor statement of support for more information
  • Your CPD records. Your professional development record for the last three years and a 12 month development action plan. Please refer to our CPD guidance, which includes templates for your DAP and PDR. We can alternatively accept your records for your home institution if they are in a similar format and cover the same specifications.
  • Evidence of your current professional competence in the field of civil engineering. Please use the Attribute achievement form to provide this evidence. Your form should be read and signed by your lead sponsor to verify the evidence you are providing.

    All evidence submitted must be your own work. Please note the guidance on plagiarism and collusion explained in the relevant achievement form and in ICE’s code of professional conduct.

    Please include all your evidence within the form itself. You should provide no more than 3 pages of evidence per attribute, which can include embedded diagrams or images if they help to demonstrate your competence. With effect from 1 January 2020 no additional appendices should be submitted. If you go over the maximum 3 pages your application may not proceed to assessment
  • Your diversity data. ICE is fully committed to valuing and representing the diversity of our members and applicants and we collect data to help us to monitor this. Please submit your data directly online within “My Profile” of your MyICE account. The information you provide will only be used in an aggregated form and you will never be individually identifiable. You can opt to decline to answer each or any of the questions if you wish.

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