Welcome to
THE SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS


The Society of Professional Engineers takes the view that a ‘Professional’ Engineer is a person of proven competence in his/her speciality in any branch of Engineering. They should be capable of deductive and logical thought, and have the ability to economically develop, adapt and assimilate new theories and techniques. The fulfilment of this competence is based on the practical as well as academic skills, both of which may be obtained after completion of the original formal technical education.


The basis of the Membership Elections procedure is that candidates present evidence of their qualifications, training and experience. Each of these elements is given an appropriate weighting, which is then measured against the set standards of the Society. With this procedure, it is possible to balance any original academic attainment against the candidates’ work experience and additional study at a professional level.

The Society has always believed that the acquisition of knowledge is of greater importance than the means of acquisition, and therefore is able to accept a variety of routes to membership, whether by way of Degree, Diploma or Certificate or through other approved studies.

Professional experience is taken to mean engineering employment at a decision-making level, extending beyond purely technical expertise.

About The SPE

The History of the Society

The Society of Professional Engineers was founded on 27th October 1969 by a number of Corporate Members of the Society of Engineers, which was the third oldest Engineering Body in the United Kingdom, having been established in 1854.

The Society maintains a register of engineers who have proved their competence and can be accurately described as Professional Engineers and who on registration can use the designation “PEng”.

During the 40+ years since its foundation, the Society has continued to support the principles which guided the founders, principally professionalism, excellence and the superior quality of the work of professional engineers for the advantage of their clients and the world in general.

More recently, the Society has enlarged these principles by the launching of its charity called "Exciting Engineering" with the aim of giving encouragement to young people at school to study the subjects essential for entry into all the varied branches of engineering.