Purpose of the Technical Report Option
The purpose of the Technical Report Option (TRO) is to improve accessibility to registration with the Engineering Council whilst maintaining standards. These standards are detailed in the UK Standards for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).
The TRO is one of several possible options, and the ILP will advise you whether this is an appropriate one for you. If invited to proceed with the TRO you should be able to show that you have gained the same level of knowledge and understanding of engineering as someone who has the exemplifying qualifications.
The TRO Process
1. Prepare: Submit a synopsis & arrange a mentor.
- Set out clearly how you intend to demonstrate your technical competence
- Identify the lighting principles involved
- Find the right topic by considering a project or activity that you found challenging, interesting or enjoyable. Did you cover the lighting principles involved? Is there scope to consider other solutions? If applicable, is there sufficient engineering content to allow you to demonstrate the outputs of a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer (refer to the EC UKSPEC)
- Prepare a maximum of 750 words
Focus on demonstrating your understanding of lighting principles with regard to the following:
- how you have developed an appropriate level of experience in your particular field.
- what technical judgements you have used when applying lighting principles and your ability to locate & use new research.
- what you have used by way of established analytical or design techniques to solve problems.
- your ability to apply methods that may be indeterminate or non-routine.
The ILP Assessment Panel will review your synopsis to ensure that you are on the right path and are covering the relevant areas. You should not be put off by the fact that nearly all synopses are commented on requiring further work – this is the whole purpose of the initial assessment – it is there to help you.
You are strongly encouraged to ask yourself the following questions before the final submission:
- Have I kept to the original topics?
- Have I covered all the main points?
- Have I gone into sufficient depth to demonstrate that I understand the underlying engineering principles and can apply them in a rigorous and logical manner?
- Does the report describe what contribution I made, what I did and why I did it?
- Are the points that I make relevant to the topic, argument or outcome?
- Is the material that I use relevant?
- Have I supported my themes, calculations and arguments adequately by using relevant theory, examples and references?
- Have I set out my thought processes, what decisions I made and why?
- If I instigated any changes, have I explained why?
- Have I described and analysed the results, good or bad?
- Have I acknowledged all sources and references?
- Have I exposed any confidential sources, copyrights or industrial secrets?
- Have I written clearly?
- Have I adhered to the presentation guidelines?
If your Technical Report is assessed by the ILP as satisfactory, you will be invited to discuss it at a Technical Report interview.
At the interview you will be invited to make a brief presentation, after which you will be asked questions about what you have written. The assessment criteria above will be used in this process. This interview will be carried out by two interviewers who will have been appointed by the ILP Membership Committee to carry out this task. The interviewers are experienced and trained professional engineers, who are also registrants in their own right. They have received additional specific training in the application of the Technical Report Option and in interviewing applicants.
If you are successful at the Technical Report Interview, you will then be asked to attend a Professional Review Interview. This may take place on the same day. At this interview, your Professional Review will be considered again and you will be invited to update it by talking about recent developments in your career, together with updated and projected CPD achievements. Again interviewers are experienced and trained registered engineers with specific training in interviewing and the requirements of both UK-SPEC and EngC.