So you have completed your IPD.  Congratulations!  The final step to becoming professionally qualified is to pass your professional review.

There are three stages to this:

  1. Initial application

  2. Submission

  3. Professional review


1. Initial application

The application gives the ICE the relevant information to arrange your professional review.


The dates for the professional review can be found here.

This stage of the process consists of:

  • Making an initial application

  • Seeking support from 3no. sponsors

  • Providing evidence that you have completed your Initial Professional Development

  • One-page summary of your Project Report, signed by your lead sponsor

  • If you are not a current (graduate) member of the ICE, you will also need to provide evidence that you have achieved the required educational qualifications

The majority of reviews are currently taking place online via MS Teams.  You are able to request a traditional face-to-face review, but this may delay the date of your review until social distancing measures are relaxed.

2. Submission

Prior to the review day, you are required to submit:


Project report

This report is submitted to your reviewers approximately 3 weeks before your review day and is used to demonstrate that you have achieved all attributes to become professionally qualified.

For CEng and IEng candidates, the report needs to be up to 5,000 words long.  I would recommend having less words rather than exceed the word count.  If you are struggling to demonstrate that you have achieved the attributes within the word count, then this puts a bad mark against the Interpersonal Skills and Communication attribute!

Outline your responsibilities and experience gained against each attribute and discuss the background to the project, decisions that you have made, problems that you have overcome and what you have learned.  For CEng candidates, demonstrate how you have taken the lead on your projects.


I would recommend using only one or two projects in your report and make sure you add tables, organograms, photos, graphs and infographics just to break the page up.  No-one wants to read pages of just text!



The CV is not included within the word limit but should be two-page, outlining your career progression, roles and responsibilities and size and financial value of the projects you have been involved in.


Supporting documents can be included as appendices and do not count towards the word limit.  However, please think carefully about what to include.  What are you trying to show the reviewer?  Are they expected to trawl through numbers/text/detailed drawings just to find the required information?  If you include a photo from your construction site, please check what is happening in the background - is there a worker not wearing full PPE or doing something unsafe?  If so, expect the reviewers to concentrate on this instead!

What not to do:

  • Include a project programme from Project with 100 rows of small text 

  • Reinforcement schedule - so many numbers on one page!  Do you need to include the whole table?

  • Pages of calculations - it would be more worthwhile to include key extracts to support the text in your project report