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Our international Engineering qualifications

Our international Engineering portfolio is one of the most comprehensive on the market.  Over 35 Engineering qualifications covering 5 industries, leading to over 28 different core roles.

We have designed these qualifications to meet the global need for engineers, as engineering is one of the most sought after skill sets.

The objective of our Engineering portfolio is to enable people to begin their engineering career or progress to more senior positions, no matter where they learn globally.

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Engineers are the enablers of dreams.

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What roles can our qualifications lead to?

After completing their course of study, our engineering graduates are able to enter any of the 28 core international roles.

Level 1 to Level 3 Engineering roles

Our Engineering qualifications at Level 1 to Level 3 are technical level qualifications. They can either build the foundation for more advanced qualifications or prepare a learner to go directly into an engineering role.

These roles include:

Level 1 and Level 2

  • Trainee technician

Level 3

  • Engineering technician, including the following:
    • Maintenance technician
    • Machine operative
    • Welder/fabricator
    • Electrician
    • Electronic engineering technician
    • Electronics assembler
    • Network technician

Level 4 to Level 7 Engineering roles

Our Engineering qualifications at Level 4 to Level 7 help experienced workers to acquire more advanced and specialised skills, and to progress into managerial positions. All courses are designed for learners with a sound knowledge of the technical principles acquired through Level 1 to Level 3. These roles include:

Level 4

  • Management

Level 5

  • Senior management
  • Senior technician

Level 6

  • Qualified engineer
  • Progression to Incorporated engineer

Level 7

  • Progression to Chartered engineer

Why choose our Engineering qualifications?

We’re experienced in identifying our customers’ specific skill requirements, so our international Engineering qualifications provide real benefits to a range of organisations and people, from centres to governments and learners to employers. Our aim is to help people get jobs with our qualifications.

Benefits for centres

Our qualifications are recognised globally

Providing City & Guilds qualifications means centres’ course material and assessment processes meet our strict quality benchmarks.

We offer comprehensive support

Our materials and resources are designed to help City & Guilds centres become more effective and efficient.

We provide centres with course and assessment packs to help them focus on what they do best: delivering qualifications.

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Assisting governments

We work with governments to improve national educational standards in engineering

We work with governments to embed our qualifications into national curricula. This work helps establish uniform standards in engineering qualifications across the world.  

We help governments create a skilled workforce, boosting economic growth

Embedding our qualifications into national education systems also helps governments to create a highly qualified workforce, benefiting people, organisations and local economies.

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Benefits for employers

We help employers by creating high-quality, capable candidates

Employers can secure the skills they need to improve business performance by hiring City & Guilds qualified engineers.

Our Engineering candidates will fit the position

City & Guilds Engineering graduates have skills tailored to specific positions, and have been rigorously tested on their knowledge. Our qualifications are internationally recognised, meet international standards, and employers can be confident that City & Guilds qualified engineers will fit the roles that need to be filled.

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Global opportunities for learners

Our Engineering qualifications are recognised globally

International recognition means former City & Guilds learners are able to apply for jobs abroad. This recognition is further enhanced by the Europass Certificate Supplement our engineering graduates receive. This supplement provides an overview of their skillset and can be beneficial when seeking employment in other countries.

Our Engineering qualifications – a path to jobs

Our Engineering qualifications are accepted by companies, higher education institutions and governments in many countries, giving graduates the best chance of success.

To offer job-ready qualifications, we have worked with employers, universities and professional bodies to create a job-focused, current and innovative portfolio.

Our Engineering qualifications can lead to higher educational degrees

Our work with colleges and universities also enables our Engineering graduates to progress directly into higher education courses. International learners who obtain our levels 4 or 5 Engineering qualifications can apply to join select UK undergraduate courses in the 2nd, or 3rd year (of a 3 year programme).  

The following higher educational institutions recognise our qualifications:

  •  Derby
  • Northumbria
  • Sheffield Hallam

Our Engineering Qualifications – Path to UK professional registration

We have worked with the UK’s leading professional institutions to ensure that our level 6 and level 7 engineering qualifications are aligned with the requirements for Incorporated Engineer (level 6) and Chartered Engineer (level 7) registration.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) welcome applications from holders of the Graduate Diploma (level 6) and Postgraduate Diploma (level 7) who wish to apply for Incorporated Engineer (with the Graduate Diploma) or Chartered Engineer (with the Postgraduate Diploma) registration under the individual application route.

For more details, please see our brochure on professional registration

Engineering industries covered by our qualifications

City & Guilds international Engineering qualifications cover the 5 major engineering industries. In all 5 industries we offer qualifications through to Postgraduate (Level 7).

 The industries covered by our Engineering qualifications are as follows:

  • Civil engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronic engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Telecommunication engineering

Why are we different?

Our Engineering qualifications stand out from the competition for several reasons:

  • Breadth and depth of qualifications
  • Quality assurance
  • Recognition
  • Support materials (including handbooks, logbooks, assessment packs and specialist advice videos) and SmartScreen (available free for international centres)
  • Experience – our qualifications are developed from 130 years of working in different international markets

Online resources

We have some great online resources to support your learning.

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Online teaching and learning that can help improve success rates.
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Learning Assistant

City & Guilds Learning Assistant is a market-leading e-portfolio system designed to enable your organisation to reach its full potential.

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Learn more about our Engineering qualifications in our brochure.

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Learn how employers, universities, trade bodies and governments recognise our Engineering qualifications


Did you know?

GLOBAL SHORTAGE OF ENGINEERS: At the end of 2014 there was a shortage of almost 900,000 engineers in 22 of the world’s largest economies, according to job market consultancy Wanted Analytics. Similarly, a BBC study published a year before identified a shortage of mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and civil engineers in at least 17 developed and emerging markets.

Case studies – our Engineering successes

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The Trainee Technician’s story

Baduge Indrasiri studies at The Skills College of Technology, Nugegoda.

Baduge from Kegalle in Sri Lanka has achieved his Diploma in Motor Vehicle Engineering (IVQ Level 3) and is currently studying towards his Advanced Diploma in Motor Vehicle Engineering (IVQ Level 5).

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Riam Institute of Technology

The Riam Institute of Technology in Malaysia is leading the way in graduate employability.

Riam Institute of Technology (RiamTec) is the largest City & Guilds centre in South East Asia, delivering programmes in mechanical, electrical and automotive engineering and culinary arts.

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Leading the way

Focusing on two of City & Guilds leading centres in Trinidad and Tobago.

The story of two of our leading centres, Kenson School of Production Technology (Kenson) and Trinizuela Technical Vocational College (TTVC), both of which have been leading the way in working with employers to tackle critical skills gaps within the workforce.

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Pave the way to become a Chartered Engineer

Dinusha Wijeratne, Works Manager attached to the State Engineering Corporation.

Dinusha wanted to study to improve his engineering skills in order to further his career.

Following a City & Guilds Diploma, Dinusha was able to progress to an MSc in Civil Engineering (structural design) at the UK’s London South Bank University.

On 25 June 2012, Dinusha was awarded Chartered Engineer status at the ICE Asia Pacific conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka by Barry Clerk, President of the UK Institute of Civil Engineers.

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