There is a wealth of information on Professional Registration for EngTech, IEng and CEng available on the websites of the RAeS and Engineering Council (EngC). Despite this, there are routinely a small number of applications at every Registration Committee that, with a little more polish, could ‘sell’ their application a bit more effectively and make a successful transition to Professional Review and Interview (PR&I).
To aid this, the Registration Committee have compiled the Top 10 (Not So) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help not only applicants, but Referees too!
Q. Professional Registration is such a pain, why do I need to complete such a detailed form?
A. Remember that your application, and particularly your declaration of competences and commitments, is your statement as to why you believe you meet the EngC standard for registration. You must decide (with the support of mentors and colleagues who understand your career and capabilities) on the content of the application. We can only give broad guidance. The job of the Registration Committee and the Professional Review assessors is then to validate your statement and decide whether they believe the standard has been met. The application process has been developed over the years to help you understand your own career in relation to the EngC standard and to best prepare you for the PR&I.
Q. Must every box of the Qualifying Report Form be completed?
A. No. However, think of this like a ‘sales pitch’, the more information that you give to the Registration Committee and your Professional Review assessors to consider, the easier their job will be to discuss your strengths as you have presented them.
Q. Can a particular activity appear in more than one box?
A. Certainly – but make sure that the evidence statement relates each time to the relevant competence.
Q. Can an activity from early in my career be used as evidence?
A. In general, a more recent activity, where competence and responsibility is likely to be greater, is likely to carry more weight. But it’s your choice – if you have a strong case based on early work then use it.
Q. Can an activity from outside the work environment be used as evidence?
A. Again, activity within the workplace is likely to carry more weight. But if you have a stronger demonstration of competence or commitment from outside the workplace then you can choose to use it.
Q. I have had feedback from the Committee which says – ‘needs to demonstrate broader evidence in section B2’ – what did I do wrong?
A. Sometimes applicants work in a narrow field and either discuss tasks or explain what the team did. The Qualifying Report Form (QRF) is all about your contribution and what you were responsible for. Applications that illustrate:
‘I was the Principal Engineer, responsible for the delivery of …… ‘
‘I was personally responsible for a team of 8 Engineers and tested the … ’
‘I designed the LP1 fan blade of Trent 700-100 and conducted the FEA analysis of all design cases over a 12-month period’
Or, if you need to mention a team activity,
‘Within the xxxx team, I was responsible for…’
These are more likely to provide clear and unambiguous examples, which explain what you actually led, managed, produced and were responsible for.
Q. If I do not have strong evidence for a particular sub-competence, am I wasting my time in proceeding with the application?
A. The PR&I assessors will mark the interview at the top level of the five competences/commitments A – E. For them to recommend registration you must be assessed as satisfactory or higher in each of the five. However a weakness in one sub-part of a competence may be balanced by strengths in another sub-part of the same competence, allowing a satisfactory rating for that competence as a whole.
Q. What should I look to get my Mentor or Referee to do for me?
A. Your company Graduate Mentor or Referee should review every section of the QRF objectively.
· Have you given key evidence of what you actually achieved?
· Have you provided unambiguous examples of your personal experience that demonstrate your depth and range of technical, managerial and leadership competence?
· Are there any gaps in the boxes (see earlier FAQ!), do you have any spalling mistekes!?
· Are you able to discuss all examples to a good technical depth?
Your Mentor or Referee should also be able to tell you if they consider you not ready for Professional Registration. Enthusiasm is always welcomed, but ask yourself honestly: what if you completed another 6 or 12 months of directed CPD to boost your application?
Your EngTech, IEng or CEng should not be seen as something to simply ‘tick off’, but part of your Continuous Professional Development as a competent, experienced and Professional Engineer.
Q. Why does it take so long to process?
A. The Registration Committee sits 5 times per year – Feb / Apr / June / September and November, and full details are on the RAeS website. Closing dates are up to 4 weeks before, so with up to 60 applications per meeting to be reviewed the HQ staff always appreciate early delivery! Applicants will usually receive confirmation of an interview date or additional application guidance within 10 working days of a Registration Committee meeting.
And finally …….
Q. Who do I contact if I have a specific query with my application?
A. Anyone from the Membership team will be able to help you. In the first instance, you can contact Margaret Breugelmans, the Professional Development Officer (email@example.com or 0207 670 4323). Margaret will be more than happy to discuss your queries (applicants or referees too) or help direct you a member of the Committee or Aerospace Community who can help you with your application.