Membership

The Professional Engineer

The Society of Professional Engineers takes the view that a ‘Professional’ Engineer is a person of proven competence in his/her speciality in any branch of Engineering. They should be capable of deductive and logical thought, and have the ability to economically develop, adapt and assimilate new theories and techniques. The fulfilment of this competence is based on the practical as well as academic skills, both of which may be obtained after completion of the original formal technical education.

The basis of the Membership Elections procedure is that candidates present evidence of their qualifications, training and experience. Each of these elements is given an appropriate weighting, which is then measured against the set standards of the Society.
With this procedure, it is possible to balance any original academic attainment against the candidates’ work experience and additional study at a professional level.
The Society has always believed that the acquisition of knowledge is of greater importance than the means of acquisition, and therefore is able to accept a variety of routes to membership, whether by way of Degree, Diploma or Certificate or through other approved studies.
Professional experience is taken to mean engineering employment at a decision-making level, extending beyond purely technical expertise.


Membership Grades

Fellows

Persons who are or have been directly involved with engineering, who have a university degree in any approved subject and who have held a position of responsibility for a minimum of five years.

Members

Persons who are or have been directly involved with engineering and either hold an engineering qualification gained without the help of a university degree or have had appropriate engineering experience for a minimum of seven years.

Associate Members

Persons who are directly involved with engineering and gaining both academic and appropriate engineering experience and seeking to achieve full membership and the ability to become registered as a Professional Engineer

Retired Members

Persons who have been members at other grades for a minimum of one year and who have retired from gainful employment as engineers save that a retired member shall not disqualify himself from this grade by reason of accepting paid instructions, provided that the such instructions are occasional only and shall not occupy more than 25% of his normal working time. Any dispute as to a person's qualification for this grade shall be referred by the Council to the President or a Vice-President whose decision shall be final.

Corporate Member

A Company/Organisation/Institution that recognises and supports the goals of the Society and works with the Society to promote; high standards of expertise and professionalism in the practice of engineering, the development of inventions and improvements in the practise of engineering and the dissemination of information and improvements in the laws relating to matters of engineering.

Affiliated Body

A body that enters into a formal agreement that recognises and supports the goals of the Society and works with the Society to promote; high standards of expertise and professionalism in the practice of engineering, the development of inventions and improvements in the practise of engineering and the dissemination of information and improvements in the laws relating to matters of engineering and has agreed formal routes to achieving membership and registration within the Society

Collaborating Company/Organisation/Institution

A Company/Organisation/Institution that recognises and supports the goals of the Society and works with the Society to promote; high standards of expertise and professionalism in the practice of engineering, the development of inventions and improvements in the practise of engineering and the dissemination of information and improvements in the laws relating to matters of engineering.