Q: How do I apply for membership and/or registration?
A: The first step to applying for membership is to complete the application form here. Once you sign up as an Member, you will start receiving newsletters, the IED journal and invitations to events and our staff can then advise you on which grade of registration to apply for and guide you through the process. We are a licensed body of both the Engineering Council and Society for the Environment and we grant our own Chartership for Product Designers plus professional registration for CAD specialists.
Q: Can I apply for more than one registration at a time?
A: Yes, our skilled staff and assessors have designed a simple single-application process which can be used to assess your suitability for both membership and one or more of the registrations (Engineering, Environmental, Product Design or CAD) at the same time. Many of our members hold Chartered status in more than one field, with some holding the Triple Crown of CEng, CEnv and CTPD registrations.
Q: Do my proposer and/or referees have to be members of the IED?
A: Not necessarily, the key purpose of the proposer and referees is to provide a frank and honest assessment of your suitability for membership and/or registration and to verify the statements made on your application form. For this reason we ask that the proposer and referees have known you in a professional capacity for at least two years. If they also happen to be registrants or members of the IED then that’s great. If you have difficulty finding suitable referees, please do contact firstname.lastname@example.org, who will be happy to offer further guidance.
Q: What is CTPD?
A: Chartered Technological Product Designer (CTPD) is a new Chartership introduced by the IED in 2014, aimed specifically at giving Product Designers the same level of professional registration as other Chartered individuals – Chartered Engineers, Chartered Surveyors, Chartered Environmentalists and so on. The right to award CTPD has been granted to the IED by the Privy Council on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and holders of the Chartered status have to demonstrate that they meet educational, training and competency criteria. Find out more about those criteria here.
Q: How long, on average, does it take to complete an application?
A: This depends on which route you take into membership and how quickly your proposer and referees respond to requests for information. A straightforward application will take around three months to complete.
Q: What do I do if I don’t hold the exemplifying qualifications for registration?
A: Over 80% of our applicants don’t hold the exemplifying qualifications for the grade of registration for which they are applying. Registration is based on the assessment of academic knowledge and demonstration of competencies. There are many ways to demonstrate these, our highly experienced staff will be able to guide you through the most appropriate application route for your particular needs.
Q: What are the benefits of membership?
A: The main benefit is the pride in having gained a professional status, via peer assessment. Both membership of the IED and registration as a professional designer, engineer and/or environmentalist is confirmation of your outstanding ability to work in your chosen field. Many Members comment that this ‘stamp of approval’ helps them in finding employment and gaining promotion. In addition to this significant benefit, membership also offers networking opportunities, a bi-monthly journal, access to our library, Continuing Professional Development and much more. Studies also show that professionally registered engineers and designers have the potential to earn significantly more than their non-registered peers.