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Professional Registration


Registration with the PWI

If you would like to become a professionally registered engineer we provide a scheme that has been developed in partnership with the rail industry including Network Rail and Transport for London, tailored to the requirements of a rail engineer.

As the rail industry’s dedicated infrastructure engineering technical institution, the PWI is committed to ensuring that its professional registration process adds value to the applicant, their employer and the rail industry. 

Every applicant is assessed against the UK Standards for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). This is the standard that governs the engineering profession. It is published by the Engineering Council, the UK regulatory authority of professional engineers and technicians. UK-SPEC provides a framework for assessment and describes the five competence and commitment requirements you have to meet before you can register as a technician or professional engineer.  

The assessment process, known as a professional review, starts with a written application.  Once this has been reviewed, applicants will be invited to attend a professional review interview and providing the registration criteria are deemed to have been met, candidates will be recommended for registration.

Professional registration is open to any competent practising engineer or technician.  Different levels and pathways to registration are available, depending on the individual’s experience, training and qualifications.

Find out which grade is right for you

Find out more about the benefits of professional registration with the PWI