Getting qualified

Getting professionally qualified and registered within the energy industry can help you progress your career. It will help you stand out from the crowd with your employer and will also prove valuable if you're trying to recruit new clients. Most importantly, professional qualification is a sign that you have been assessed by a committee of your peers and have committed to furthering your development.

You can apply for registration by submitting an application for professional member to your Membership Body of choice. Most bodies will have a range of professional membership grades available to you which so you can choose the one that best matches your abilities and upgrade as you develop your skills. As part of your application, you will have to demonstrate your abilities on a range of different subjects, provide evidence of your educational background and past training and how your experience in industry has helped you develop as a professional. Besides gaining recognition from your peers, professional qualifications give personal satisfaction and remind you of your achievements.

One of most widely recognised industry qualifications is Chartered Engineer, which is available through all Professional Engineering Institutions. However, the Energy Institute is unique in that it also offers professional membership for non-engineers though our Chartered Energy Manager grade.

Why Chartership is important

Becoming chartered is a great way of showing clients and colleagues that you have reached the top level of your profession. The process of becoming chartered involves proving that you have the practical experience and educational expertise to be great within your field. It is administered by fellow energy experts and provides you with industry recognition.

The important thing to remember is that potential clients may know nothing about the energy industry and can often feel at a loss when in need of an expert. Once qualified, the postnominals (also known as the letters after your name) lets clients know that you are knowledgeable and have the practical abilities to carry out the job in line with industry standards. Chartership is also beneficial if you are looking to work or move abroad as it is internationally recognised and acts as a portable qualification.

If that wasn't reason enough to apply, our 2014 survey conducted in partnership with Hays Recruitment found that Chartered Members were more likely to earn over £120k and receive pay increases than their non-chartered colleagues.