Professional Registration
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Professional 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 recognized professional standards.
To achieve registration each individual’s competence and commitment is independently and thoroughly assessed by their peers. Registrants possess and maintain the knowledge, skills and commitment required to meet the engineering and technological needs of today, whilst also catering for the needs of future generations. Professional registration therefore underpins the systems and processes that ensure the current and future safeguarding of society.

The Royal Institute of Navigation’s route to registration is designed to offer a straightforward approach for professional engineers wishing to be part of a professional body at the heart of positioning, navigation and timing. As well as opportunities for professional development, we encourage and enable registrants to be actively engaged in the positioning, navigation and timing community. It is through sharing knowledge, expertise and insights that the Royal Institute of Navigation achieves its objective of advancing navigation.

The Royal Institute of Navigation offers professional registration to the following Engineering Council (EngC) registers of professional engineers:
Chartered Engineer (CEng)
Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
Engineering Technician (EngTech)



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Steps to Professional Registration


Registration via the RIN route is open to RIN Members, Associate Fellows and Fellows who can demonstrate professional engineering competence and experience as defined in the Engineering Council UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (often referred to as the “UK-SPEC”).

The application approach recognises that many engineering professionals may not have exemplifying (approved) qualifications even though they will have the competencies and commitment required for registration. Such applications are encouraged as the RIN process assess for equivalence to the exemplifying UK qualifications for full registration. There are various approaches for further learning if required.

While it is possible to apply for RIN Membership at the same time as professional registration, it is recommended to obtain RIN Membership first and then apply for professional registration. Membership of a recognised professional body is a prerequisite of registration. 

We recommend reviewing the UK-SPECour application form and personal details form as a first step. We have designed our application to be as straightforward as possible, while aligning fully to the Engineering Council competence assessment framework.

Having reviewed the forms, please do contact us via to express your interest. We can provide advice as well as guide you through the application process.




Getting Started


We find that getting started is often the hardest step to professional registration!

To get started, take a look at the competency requirements in UK-SPEC.

Our application information form is available from here and application competency and development forms for each qualification are below. Instructions on how to complete and submit are on the forms:

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Our last application deadline in 2019 is the 19th November.

In 2020 the application deadlines are the 22nd January, 12th March, 30th April, 17th June and the 3rd September. The 2020 application fee is £120.