Engineering Registration

Engineering Registration makes you stand out from other professionals by demonstrating your commitment to meeting the engineering and technological needs of the sector, whilst also preparing for the future.

Engineering Registrants

Engineering Registrants maintain the knowledge and high competence required to thrive in the sector, whilst also ensuring the commitment to current and future safeguarding of engineering.


If you are a competent, practising engineer and are interested in developing your career and improving your job prospects then why not consider becoming a registered engineer through the Institute of Water?


Join a network of over 229,000 people professionally registered in engineering.

IWater is licensed to register members on the Register of Engineers and Technicians maintained by the Engineering Council. The registration has three sections:



All candidates applying for an Engineering Technician, Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Engineer registration must satisfy the competence standards set by the Engineering Council and be members of a professional body, such as the Institute of Water.


Why choose an Engineering Registration?

Professional registration provides a benchmark through which the public, employers, and their clients can have confidence and trust that registered engineers and technicians have met globally recognised professional standards.

View this video from the Engineering Council for more information on why you should choose an Engineering Registration.

Jo Parker MBE BSc MBA C Eng FICE FIWater FCIWEM, Vice President Engineering, Institute of Water on Professional Registration

I have been a member of the Institute of Water for several decades and served in many roles including on local committees and as National Chair. However, to be Vice President Engineering really is the pinnacle of my relationship with the Institute. To combine a contribution to an organisation which does so much for people in the water industry with promoting the career I love makes being Vice President the perfect role. It’s not easy. Ensuring that the members who are registered engineers are properly represented and promoting registration when many front line staff have never given this a thought can be a challenge. I firmly believe that increasing the numbers of Professional Registered people working in the water industry will ensure that the industry can show its professional and ethical stance – something that is much needed at present.


Finding out that I had passed my professional review was one of the proudest days of my life. I still remember hearing just before Christmas –that really was a Christmas to remember. I had wanted to be an engineer from when I was 14. Back then female engineers were very rare and I really appreciated those who supported me. Having found it to be such a rewarding career I am keen to provide the same support that I received to others and encourage more people s to become engineers and to pursue professional registration.  


Becoming a chartered engineer took some steady application but was not as hard as I thought it might be. I did need to be disciplined in maintaining records and seeking opportunities for professional development but I was lucky to receive some excellent experience early on in my career. It has been well worth the effort as it established my credentials as an engineer and gave my own confidence a huge boost. It also opened up other jobs for me and I don’t think a promotion very soon after I became chartered was totally unrelated. It helped me become a Supervising Engineer under the 1975 Reservoirs Act. 

Professional Registration FAQs


We’re here to support your application, so please call us at 0191 422 0088 or email if you have any questions about your application and our dedicated Professional Registration Manager will be happy to help you.

All applicants for Professional Registration must be members of a professional body such as the Institute of Water. Click here to find out more about Institute of Water membership.

Before applying, you should consider the standards required for registration, and discuss these with your employer or you can contact us. Please refer to the latest edition of standards listed on the dedicated Professional Registration pages.

Once you are ready to apply, please download our application guides and our application forms on the dedicated pages.

As part of your application you will be asked to produce a copy of your CPD record. Through IWater, members have access to a user-friendly CPD platform, click here to find out more.

Professional Registration wasn’t built overnight (unfortunately!) and there will be a period of time where you are waiting to hear back after submitting your application. Please be aware that the process can take up to three months. We are fully committed to keeping you informed with any updates or communication from assessors regarding your application.

You may not know which professional registration award fits your current work and experience, which is why we are here to advise you. Each professional registration award requires you to demonstrate that you have met a variety of competencies and have a certain level of responsibility through your workplace experience. You can find videos, testimonials and further information on the different professional registration awards here on our website. To be advised personally on which professional registration award is right for you, please contact us.

You can find videos, testimonials and further information on IWater professional registration right here on our website. You will also be supported in applying for your Professional Registration, and we can advise you as to which professional registration award is right for you.

There are three separate fees involved in obtaining and retaining Professional Registration. Which are:


  • Review Fee for your specific Professional Registration
  • Initial Registration Fee
  • Annual Renewal Fee


More information can be found on each dedicated Professional Registration or by contacting us. Please note that failure to pay fees can result in the removal of your Professional Registration.