The Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE)

Guidance Notes
Engineering Technician (EngTech)

EngTech Application (Regular).doc 

EngTech Application (Retired and Reserve).doc

What is an Engineering Technician?‚Äč

An Engineering Technician is an Officer, Warrant Officer or NCO (or exceptional Sapper) employed in applying proven techniques and procedures to the solution of practical engineering problems.  They carry supervisory or technical responsibility, often a combination of both, and are competent to propose and execute innovative solutions to challenges as they occur.                                                 

EngTech is a valuable portable recognized award that can be carried throughout your career both whilst serving and retired and one which can be built upon further development.  This award demonstrates your competence and your commitment to a continuing professional career.

Why should I register?

Registration has many benefits for employers, technicians and the UK economy.  Registration sets a professional Engineering Technician apart from technicians who are unregistered.  It establishes their proven knowledge, understanding and competence.  In particular, registration demonstrates a commitment to professional standards, and to development and enhancement of competence.  Hence, whether specified in job advertisements or not, registration as a professional Engineering Technician gives an edge to candidates who have achieved this.

Am I Qualified and able to Register?

First and foremost you need to be a member of the Institution of Royal Engineers.  All serving Regular Officers and NCOs are automatically members as they make a contribution to Sapper Welfare and Charities (including InstRE) under the Day's Pay Scheme. 

Officers must have completed the RE Troop Commanders Course and 6 to 12 months at Regimental Duty. NCOs must have completed
the PNCO Cadre and have qualified at Class 1 in any of the Corps trades. NCOs and exceptional Sappers who have not attended the Junior Commanders Course also need a letter of recommendation from their OC. 

The Registration Committee consists of Registered Engineers at either EngTech, IEng or CEng level (serving and retired Royal Engineers as well as representatives from industry). They review all applicants for EngTech status and make recommendations for the inclusion of the applicant on the UK's Register of Professional Engineers and Technicians. 

What does it cost?

The Institution of Royal Engineers charges no initial administration fee for the registration process at the EngTech level. Annual registration fees for EngTech for 2017 are £18.40 for Serving Regular Officers and £36.40 for all others. The reason for the difference is that Serving Regular Officers pay a much greater proportion of a day's pay for membership than all other members. Click here for more information regarding the fee structure. Members on the regular full time trained strength and who have not submitted notice to leave the Armed Forces are usually eligible to claim back in full their second and subsequent years’ registration fees.  Details on eligibility and how to claim through JPA are contained within 2016DIN07-061.

Application Guidance

Membership: All serving, regular Royal Engineers who contribute to the RE Day's Pay Scheme (the overwhelming majority - but not QGE who contribute to Gurkha Welfare Scheme instead) are already InstRE members. However, the information we hold on you is strictly limited and as part of your application for EngTech we would be grateful if you also complete the InstRE membership form.
Please send all paperwork to:
Institution of Royal Engineers
Ravelin Building
Brompton Barracks

Engineering Technician: We have attempted to make the application procedure as simple as possible. Please carefully read through each section below before sending in your paperwork.The application forms are available (see below) on this page.

Main Application Form
This consists of 5 parts:

Part 1. Your personal and career details
Part 2. The evidence you are required to produce. We need to see your JPA competencies sheets and a copy of any certificate held for a relevant level 3 or higher NVQ (or equivalent) For those no longer serving please provide copies of your discharge paperwork (eg Red Book)

Part 3. You need to read, understand and sign the declaration.
Part 4. The form should be countersigned by your employing officer (OC or equivalent) Employing officers should also look through the application to ensure they are content that it is satisfactory.
Part 5. This is to be left blank by the applicant.

Direct Debit
You will also require a direct debit form and its associated gift aid form to pay EngTech fees. These are required as hardcopy and are here ( Direct Debit) ( Gift Aid)
(You may already be using direct debit to pay your membership fees if you are QGE, Reserve Army or no longer serving. If this is the case your existing direct debit can be used to pay EngTech and still pay your membership. Please just tell us, we will sort out the details)

Career Sheet
This is fundamental to your application and must be completed by all applicants. A guide to format and content is provided as part of the form and Annex 4-A to the InstRE Registration Handbook is useful. Please go into detail. We need to know what engineering you have been doing and are doing. Whilst you may have run the Corporals' Mess Summer Ball or carried out adventurous training in Belize it is the engineering content of your career which is of primary importance. If you have taken part in a particular operation or exercise tell us what you did. Whilst our Selection Board members are experienced military engineers, just quoting an operation or exercise name doesn't convey much information. Most successful applicants usually put together a 3 or 4 page career sheet and where applicants are deferred pending further information it is usually due to not producing a sufficiently detailed career sheet.

Competence E5
New for 2015 the Engineering Council has introduced a requirement in the UK-SPEC that applicants must give an example of where they have applied or upheld ethical principles.   Click here for guidance together with 3 examples. Please replace the example with an example (or examples) of your own and return it to us with your EngTech application paperwork. In due course we will incorporate this new requirement into the EngTech form.

Further Evidence
If you have more evidence which you think relevant to your application please submit it. Please do not submit copies of your Annual Appraisal/OJAR/SJAR/Confidential report.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us 01634 822371 or