The Safety and Reliability Society (SaRS) provides a route to registration with the Engineering Council for its members. If you are not a member of SaRS you need to apply for SaRS membership.  We have recently updated our registration application forms (May 2021) to include guidance on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which is now mandatory for registrants – you will be asked about CPD and planning on you application and at Professional Review Interview. Please find more CPD details here.

As a SaRS member you can apply for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) or an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). Please complete the following steps (PLEASE NOTE:

The revised fourth edition of UK-SPEC was published by the Engineering Council on 31 August 2020.

The Safety and Reliability Society has revised our application forms and guidance documents to bring them in line with the fourth edition of the UK-SPEC. The updated forms and guidance ARE available to download from our website from 15th October 2021.

Any applications formally submitted for IEng or CEng registration on or after 15th October 2021 will be assessed against the fourth edition of UK-SPEC.

For further information and to view the fourth edition, please visit the Engineering Council website. If you have any queries, please contact for advice)

1. Read the Society’s guidance on statement of competencies and commitment. You can also find guidance on CPD and Engineering Council Guidance at the bottom of this page.
2. Complete the appropriate application form for CEng or IEng. You will need to identify a proposer and a seconder who will sign your form and initial your experience, and, if they haven’t known you long enough, two referees (Please see Guidance for Sponsors above)
3. Email the draft form to and pay your application fee of £150 here. Your application will be reviewed by our Engineering Membership Committee (EMC) and a Professional Review Adviser (PRA) to guide you through the registration process. We will work with you to help your application demonstrate knowledge, qualification and experience ready for progression to professional review.
4. A panel will meet to discuss your application. Members are assessed within the Society on their ability to meet the competence and commitment criteria, set out in the ECUK document UK-SPEC, as safety and/or reliability engineers.The next step is typically an interview and is described more fully in the guidance notes. For certain candidates a technical report may also be required.
5. If you are invited to attend a Professional Review interview, please read the guidance document which will prepare you for the interview.
6. When this has been completed to the satisfaction of the panel and the regulator you will be registered with the Engineering Council and the 2023 fees are as follows:
Initial entry fee CEng £57.02
Initial entry fee IEng £48.14

Annual subscription to Engineering Council (charged with SaRS Fee) CEng 43.85
Annual subscription to Engineering Council (charged with SaRS Fee) CEng 37.21
7. Continuing professional development (CPD) is sampled on a regular basis and is a requirement of registration. SaRS CPD Guidance  
There is also useful information on the Engineering Council CPD Guidance

Engineering Council Guidance


As the regulator of the engineering profession in the UK, the Engineering Council sets the standards of competence and commitment, that individuals must demonstrate in order to become registered as professional engineers and technicians, operated under a Royal Charter. The standards are detailed in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC4) which every engineer must adhere to, whilst on their route to Engineering Council Registration, as well as during their practice as a professional engineer.

Benefits and details of Registration  can be found here.

In order to assist engineers, the Engineering Council have produced an array of guidance to support practising engineers. You will find links below;

Guidance on Risk

Guidance on Security

Guidance on Sustainability

Guidance on Whistleblowing

Statement of Ethical Principles