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Resources for Lighting Professionals Applying for MCIBSE CEng

As a Member of the Society of Light and Lighting, you may also wish to consider applying to become a Member of CIBSE (MCIBSE). CIBSE membership acknowledges and accredits expertise so that those who are competent can be recognised widely and reliably. In addition to the MSLL and MCIBSE grades of membership, Engineering Council registration demonstrates a commitment to professional standards and to the developing and enhancing your competence. Depending on your experience, you may be eligible to apply for Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Below is guidance directed to lighting professionals who may be considering applying for a higher grade of CIBSE membership and Engineering Council registration. Initially, it may not seem like these qualifications are applicable to those with lighting specific experience however, we hope that these resources might help to reassert their relevance to the lighting community.

Take a look at the SLL Webinar discussion on the Alternative Route to CEng with Lighting Designers, Kristina Allison MSLL MCIBSE CEng and Katerina Konsta MSLL MCIBSE CEng

See the following SLL Lines Lines features from SLL Members that have gained CEng status:
- Page 12 - Qualified Success - Sacha Abizadeh, UK Head of Creative Lighting Design at WSP is the latest lighting design professional to gain CEng status through the alternative CIBSE route
- Page 8 - Chance to Charter a New Course - Katerina Konsta and Kristina Allison look at taking the alternative route to gaining Chartered Engineer status through CIBSE
- Page 12 - Qualified Success - James Bourne on Lighting as a Part to Chartered Engineer Status

Whilst many lighting professionals did not study lighting design specifically and may not be a qualified engineer, there is an Alternative Route to CEng. It provides the opportunity for applicants to outline their professional experience, providing evidence of how they apply their technical knowledge in a practical sense.

The competence criteria for MCIBSE are directly aligned to the Competence Statements issued by the Engineering Council as part of UK-SPEC for CEng registration. In total, there are 17 objectives that will need to be met when applying for MCIBSE CEng, requiring evidence of a combination of general and specialist knowledge and understanding to optimise the application of existing and emerging technology. 

Take a look at the competency criteria 

Following a successful application for MCIBSE, applicants applying through the alternative route who do not hold the required academic qualifications will be required to write a Technical Report. The purpose of the Technical Report Route (TRR) is to provide an opportunity for applicants to show that they have gained the same level of knowledge and understanding of engineering fundamentals as someone who holds the academic qualifications. For IEng this is the equivelent of a Bachelor of Engineering and for CEng, it's the equivelent of a Master of Engingeering.

Take a look at an example Technical Report

See a range of sample reports

See full CIBSE guidance on applying via the Technical Report Route, including information on structuring your report and Technical Reports samples