Institutions are fundamental organisations to engineers as they are hubs in which engineers have access to libraries of information about their industry, through which engineers can network with other professionals to increase their knowledge and experience in their field. Institutions are further licensed by the Engineering Council to assess and grant Chartership to engineering professionals. Chartership certifies an engineer’s ability to, as defined by the Engineering Council:
"Develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems, using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change. They might develop and apply new technologies, promote advanced designs and design methods, introduce new and more efficient production techniques, marketing and construction concepts, pioneer new engineering services and management methods. Chartered Engineers are variously engaged in technical and commercial leadership and possess interpersonal skills."
In essence, Chartered Engineers are the circle of professionals who pioneer research advancements and are at the forefront of knowledge in their fields. They are valuable assets to the leading corporate and national organizations of engineering and being a Chartered Engineer allows you to progress into higher levels of responsibility and management throughout your career.
The Engineering Council’s website gives a complete list of Licensed Member Institutions and Professional Affiliates of the Council and provides you with all the necessary information regarding Chartership and how to become a registered professional in your field. They further provide a pocket guide compounding information about different forms of professional registration.