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.
This page gives an outline of the steps involved in applying for the Technical Report Route. 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 is made up of three main stages:
- Initial application
- Review submission
Step 1 – Initial application
For the first step you'll need to send us several documents, so we can check you're ready to apply. These are:
- An application form
- A CV
- A synopsis of your proposed technical report
- A letter of support from your mentor
- Certified copies of any academic qualifications
There's also a non-refundable fee for this stage, which you can pay online.
Step 2 – Review submission
This is where you send us your technical report and experience report. These will show us how your experience has given you the skills and knowledge you need for this grade of membership. You'll also need three sponsors to support your application.
There are two parts to your Review submission. Initially, you need to send us:
After you've sent these, we'll tell you who your reviewers will be at the Review (final stage). You'll then need to send the reviewers your:
- Technical report
- Experience report
- Continuing professional development (CPD) records
Step 3 – Review
Your Review takes place on one day and is split into three parts:
- 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
- Written Exercise – you will not normally have to do this if you have more than 15 years' work-based experience
*With effect from 1 January 2020 all candidates sitting the Technical Report Route will be required to undertake a Written Exercise regardless of amount of experience they have.
To find out more about the Technical Report Route, contact the Technical Report Route team on +44 (0) 20 7665 2344 or email [email protected].