With so many career options available in Science, Engineering and Technology, working towards registered status ensures you meet the recognised standards within your profession.
What is registered status?
Engineers can obtain registered status at a range of levels, starting at Engineering Technician (EngTech), going on to Incorporated Engineer (IEng), and then Chartered Engineer (CEng).
People working in science-based roles can apply for Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) and Registered Scientist (RSci) status with the prospect of progressing to chartered status for example as a Chartered Scientist (CSci).
When choosing an apprenticeship, you may want to look for one which leads to registered status.
Registered status is a benchmark which shows you have met a set of professional standards and provides recognition of skills gained through work. It offers a structured path of career development if you want to progress through each registered level and ensures links with professional institutions, making it easier to take advantage of on-going learning and advice.
Letters after your name can also be an advantage when applying for jobs. Lee Philips RSciTech, Chemistry Technician at EDF Energy explains, “Having registered status will be very beneficial for me in my future career as it is a highly-regarded professional qualification. In the long-term, being registered will enhance my career prospects as it provides proof of my professional ability, as well as commitment to personal development.”
To obtain registered status, you must:
- Meet UK and international standards for knowledge and experience;
- Commit to keeping up-to-date with new developments in the profession. This is known as continuing professional development ( CPD);
- Follow the professional code of conduct;
- Be a member of a professional institution.
How to register
To register as an Engineer you need to apply through one of the professional engineering institutions licensed by The Engineering Council.
To register as a Scientist you must be a member of a professional science body licensed by The Science Council.
You then go through a professional review to assess your formal education, further training and experience. To retain registered status, you need to maintain membership of a professional engineering institution and demonstrate that your skills remain up-to-date.
The Technician Council works to increase the professionalism and profile of Technicians in all sectors of the economy, and is the organisation behind the Professional Technician common standard.
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