Accreditation is governed by the Engineering Council of the UK of which all of the major UK professional engineering institutions are members. The ECUK policy on accreditation is defined in Specification for Professional Engineering Competencies (UK-SPEC) which originally came into effect in March 2004.
The current position is that, for students with an accredited BEng degree at 2.2 Honours standard, the MSc degree in Process Automation, Instrumentation and Control is accredited for ‘further learning to Master’s level’ under the UK-SPEC guidelines.
Thus, broadly speaking, for students with an accredited BEng degree, together with the non-academic requirements of relevant industrial experience and responsibility necessary to demonstrate the required competencies for corporate membership:
BEng + MSc (PAIC) = CEng
For delegates who do not satisfy the above academic criteria for CEng status there is the individual route. This involves a case-by-case assessment of individuals’ non-accredited qualifications together with any accredited further learning.
A likely requirement is that delegates will have to demonstrate further learning: this may be achieved as a result of work based learning programmes or other academic courses. Another means of achieving this, at the discretion of the professional body, is the submission of a technical report derived from the delegates’ experience and responsibility.