Professional Review Interview
The principal purpose of the Professional Review Interview (PRI)
is to enable the Assessors to validate, or otherwise, the
competence and commitment of the candidate in a transparent,
objective and auditable manner. The portfolio, together with
'referee statements' and careful questioning, enables the Assessors
to determine whether or not the candidate is working at a level
appropriate to the grade of membership or registration being
The interview panel will comprise of appropriately qualified
members, experienced in conducting interviews, at least one of who
will be conversant in the candidate's field of technical expertise
and level of registration. Prior to the interview they will
have received and read copies of your;
- application (including training report) for membership of the
- Written report / submission of professional experience
- other documentations provided
Your preparation for the interview should be reviewing your
report of professional experience so that you can discuss your
experience in terms of the concepts described below.
The Interview Process
The Interview will commence with the panel generally seeking to
confirm that your experience is substantially as described in your
application. Thereafter, they will seek evidence of your;
Depth Of Technical Knowledge, i.e. your
understanding of, and conversance with, a range of scientific and
engineering principles and their applications in the development of
projects, and in the analysis and resolution of specific
problems. This will normally include design experience.
Understanding Of Current Technology, i.e. your
awareness and appreciation of the technology currently in use in
your areas of work and your ability to relate modern working
technologies to your particular field of work (if
Exercise Of Professional Judgment i.e. your
ability to appraise situations and, on the basis of this, form
reasoned opinions or take informed
Levels Of Personal Responsibility i.e. the
extent to which you have had to, or are able to, take and implement
decisions based on your initiative and judgment.
This will also include your awareness, and acceptance, of the
consequences of such decisions.
Depth Of Professional Knowledge, i.e. your
understanding of, and discernment in, good conduct, best practice
in such concerns as environmental considerations and occupational
health and safety and your appreciation of the codes of
conduct that apply to your occupation.
Understanding Of The Role Of The Professional / Engineer
in society i.e. your understanding of the ethical,
economic and environmental impact of technical needs and
Involvement With Continuing Professional Development
(CPD). If you have not already provided the
Institution with an account/record of your CPD activities, you
should bring this to the interview.
Throughout the interview the onus is on you to demonstrate your
ability and suitability for membership. You should therefore
bring to the interview any authenticated material, for example,
reports, artifacts, design projects, calculations etc., that might
help illustrate your technical competence and professionalism in
the areas described above.
Notwithstanding the preceding comment, the interview is an oral
examination and NOT an interrogation. It is
intended to give you and the panel an opportunity to identify your
strengths as an engineer member.
After the Interview
The panel members are not permitted to disclose their
conclusions and recommendations to you at any stage until the
application has been finally considered and approved by the
The authority to elect, transfer or reject membership
applications lies with the Membership Committee. The Institution
will advise you of the outcome of your application as soon as
possible after the next Committee meeting.
If the panel has recommended engineer registration at the
appropriate level, the Institution will send the appropriate
documents to the Engineering Council for registration, once the
appropriate payment has been received from the candidate.
Then Engineering Council will contact the candidate direct, to
inform him/her of the registration number.
If membership/registration has NOT been
recommended, you will be advised of the reasons for this and of
suggested remedial actions.
If you feel that the decision not to recommend
membership/registration is unwarranted, you can appeal in writing
to the Institution's CEO. The appeal together with all
details relating to the professional review will be forwarded to
the Institution's Council for consideration and resolution.
Thereafter, there may be a further right of appeal to the
Engineering Council if registration with the Council is sought. If
there are any points you wish to clarify beforehand please do not
hesitate to contact Membership Services.