Supported Registration Scheme (SRS)

SRS allows graduate engineers, sandwich placement students, Engineering Technicians and any of our members – who are not with an organisation accredited for the Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS) – to record their Initial Professional Development.

SRS provides a disciplined and regular reporting framework to record your activities as you work towards professional registration.

You will be able to benchmark your progress – with the help of your mentor – against the Engineering Council's UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) to determine when you are ready to apply for Chartered or Incorporated Engineer registration.

The records you create will also give you an invaluable resource for compiling your application.

How to get started

You should:

  • Become a member at the appropriate grade. If you are a graduate you will first need to be an Associate member. If you are an undergraduate you can register on SRS as an Affiliate member.
  • Find and register an appropriate mentor 
  • Fill in the registration form 
  • Submit your SRS registration form

Then we: 

  • Process your SRS registration form 
  • Confirm your online access 

You can then use Career Developer to plan, report and review your progress toward professional registration.

How do I find a mentor?

Mentors on SRS are not necessarily professionally registered, but they do need to have a thorough understanding of the Engineering Council UK-SPEC competences. Anyone who meets these requirements and is willing to do so can be your mentor.

You can find a mentor in your workplace, socially or through networking at our events or regional activities.

Read about SRS or apply

Need some help?

If you have a question about MPDS and SRS, contact our MPDS team.

If you have a question about Initial Professional Development schemes, we'd like to hear from you.


UK-SPEC 4th Edition

All applicants for registration and membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers are assessed against the standards as defined by the Engineering Council (EngC) in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). The 4th edition of the UK-SPEC was published on 1 September 2020, for implementation across the sector by 31 December 2021. The 4th edition is available here, with a summary of the key changes.

Because of this required change, the competence statements within the MPDS/SRS tools will be amended to reflect UK-SPEC 4 on 6 September 2021. This should not affect those who have already completed MPDS/SRS and have submitted their membership applications.

UK-SPEC has not changed structurally: the amendments to the templates are small textual changes, so should not impact evidence or plans lodged against current MPDS reports. When applying for membership, you should review text taken from reports to ensure your responses align with the amended wording of UK-SPEC4.