Phase 1: Application
Submittal of an application form, record of CPD activities and professional dossier to the Certification Chapter.
Phase 2: Document Verification
Thorough formal review of the documentation submitted by a candidate to determine whether it is complete for the purposes of a subsequent examination.
Phase 3: Document assessment
Examination of the documentation produced by the candidate after due verification thereof, to determine whether it is correct and assess it for the purposes of a subsequent professional interview.
Phase 4: Evaluation Panel proposal
The technicians in charge of the evaluation process are PEs proposed by the Certification Chapter.
Evaluation Panel: Evaluation committee made of up two evaluators, responsible for reviewing the candidates’ professional background.
Phase 5: Professional interview
Process whereby a candidate subjects him/herself to an examination by an Evaluation Panel, which verifies any formalities fulfilled during the prior phases and the candidate’s interpersonal skills.
Phase 6: Decision
If the candidate is approved, and based on the professional experience earned after obtaining a degree, he/she is certified under the following categories:
- Registered Professional Engineer: At least 4 years of professional experience and 4 Level II competences, and 1 Level III competence.
- Senior Professional Engineer: At least 8 years of professional experience and 2 Level II competences, and 3 Level III competences.
- Expert Professional Engineer: At least 16 years of professional experience, and 1 Level II competence, 3 Level III competences; and 1 Level IV competence.
Level I.- Carries out his/her activity following instructions and under supervision; performs basic and predictable tasks with scarce or no individual responsibility at all.
Level II.- Carries out his/her activity in varied contexts; needs to be supervised only in complex situations; has some degree of individual responsibility or autonomy.
Level III.- Carries out his/her activity in some complex and unusual contexts; has great responsibility and autonomy; can supervise other people’s work.
Level IV.- Carries out his/her activity in a wide range of complex and unusual contexts; has significant personal autonomy; can contribute to the development of others.
Phase 7: Issuance of Certification and Registry
Certificate: Document issued by the Supervision and Guarantees Committee of the certification body pursuant to the certification system rules.
Registry: Public record that lists in its website the names of the engineers who have been certified as Registered Professional Engineers within the certification scheme.
Each year certified engineers must submit a record of their CPD activities for that year before the Certification Chapter, together with the corresponding form. The Certification Chapter checks the process accuracy and verifies 100% of the annual records received.
Procedure performed every four years whereby a certified engineer updates the valid period of his/her certification after submitting all the relevant documentary evidence. An evaluation is conducted to determine whether his/her qualifications remain valid.
A total of 25% of certified engineers to be recertified must attend an interview. All recertification files are fully examined.