How to Become a Registered Nigerian Engineer

Registered Engineer in Nigeria

In order for you to become a registered Nigerian engineer you must successfully pass the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Professional Exams and fulfill other NSE and Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) requirements. Below is the requirements and application method for both the NSE and COREN.

Membership Requirements for Registered Nigerian Engineer (NSE)


The following are guidelines for persons aspiring to become members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.  There are six grades of membership namely:  Fellow, Honorary Fellow, Corporate Member, Graduate Member, Associate and Student Member.  The education and training required for each grade of membership are listed hereunder:

 Student Membership Requirement for Registered Engineers

A Student Member shall be a person who is undertaking an approved engineering course of training leading to a degree in an institution recognized by the Council of the Society for the purpose of training professional engineers.

Application Method

Download form from Fill and pay the sum of One hundred naira (#100) at the point of submission. Form can be submitted through your local NSE students’ chapter in your institution or NSE headquarters, Abuja. The sum of Five hundred naira (#500) is paid annually.

 Graduate Member


A person seeking admission to Graduate Membership shall possess an academic qualification acceptable to the Council of the Society and register by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) under the provisions of the Engineering Registration Decree (No.55) of 1970 or such amendments thereof.  Post-qualification practical experience shall not be a requirement for entry into this class.  HND holders cannot be registered

Application Method

This Grade of membership is for students of (Engineering) who have graduated from various institutions of higher learning. The form is to be submitted with the sum of Five hundred naira (#500) while the annual subscription fee is One thousand naira (#1000).


A1       Candidates who are holders of the Bachelor’s degree in engineering whose institutions’ programmes are accredited by COREN and with such candidates having been registered by COREN as professional Engineers.

A2       Candidates who are already Corporate Members of Engineering Institutions (licensed as Professional Chartered or Registered Engineers) recognized by COREN.

B1        Candidates who are holders of the Bachelor’s degree in engineering whose qualifications are accredited by COREN or any overseas accreditation board recognized by COREN.  Such candidates must have acquired a minimum of 4 years post-qualification experience.

B2        Candidates who are graduates of unaccredited Engineering courses from Nigerian Universities and had acquired a minimum of 6 years post-graduation experience in the practice of engineering such candidates must have graduated not later than 1991.

B3        Candidates who obtained HND in Engineering from approved institution and have successfully completed the NSE Graduateship Examinations and have had additional 2 years of engineering practice.  However, those with up to 15 years post HND experience will not be required to wait for 2 years.

B4        Candidates who have obtained HND in Engineering before proceeding to do an accredited Master’s programme or post Higher National Diploma in Engineering in addition to a minimum of six (6) years post HND experience; plus.

(a)        Minimum of 2 years post bridging qualification from accredited Nigerian University/Faculties/Bodies.

(b)      Minimum of 4 years post-bridging qualification from unaccredited Nigerian Universities/Faculties not later than 1991.  Membership Committee shall ascertain that the Master’s programme or post Higher National Diploma programme has adequately corrected the deficiencies inherent in the earlier programme.

B5      Candidates who are graduates in the sciences with post graduate qualifications in Engineering accredited by COREN and have been working in engineering related fields?

C1      Candidates who are holders of correct and adequate basic academic qualifications by COREN Standards and Regulations and 40 years and above, such candidates as at the time of application must have a minimum of 10 years post-qualification experience.  The candidates must appear in person.

C2      Candidates who are holders of correct and adequate basic academic qualifications by COREN Standards and Regulations and are top executives in Government parastatals or Industries etc. who are not only 45 years and above with respect of age, but who, as at the time of application have minimum of 15 years post qualification experience.  They may be accorded Presidential interview on the recommendation of the Membership Committee. The candidates need not appear for interview.

Application Method

Download the Membership Form and submit it with the sum of One thousand naira. After the submission of form and subsequent acceptance, Professional Interview will be conducted for the candidates. The sum of twenty thousand naira (#20,000) is paid by candidate as processing fees for the interview.
HND students are expected to sit for a pre-qualification exam (Graduate Exam) before the general interview.


A person seeking election, as an Associate of the Society shall posses an academic qualification at the level of a university degree in the sciences allied to engineering science, or the qualifications approved by the Council of the Society.  In addition, he shall have been engaged on work related to the practice of engineering for a minimum period of 5 years.

 Requirements/Conditions for Fellowship Award by the Nigerian Society of Engineers

·        All candidates must have been corporate members of the Society for 10 years in addition to what we have in the Memorandum and Articles of Association of NSE.

·        All HND holders must have additional academic qualification(s) before Fellowship.

·        All referees must be financial members of the Society and their reference letters must be received before the consideration of the candidate’s application.

·        Only the President can waive this option.

·        Must have attended at least 5 AGMs in the last ten years prior to the year of application.

–        Must have written and presented four (4) Technical/Management papers at NSE and or any other form acceptable to the Board of Fellows.  All papers must have been presented in the last 10 years.

·        Must have worked on some outstanding projects (that stand out from the ordinary).

·        Attended the yearly refresher Engineering Courses/Workshops to make him or her current on engineering practice and not with obsolete knowledge – must show evidence of this in the application form.

·        Must be active in his or her Branch and Division activities.

·        Financial status must be consistent.  There must be evidence of consistency in the payment of dues to NSE in the last 5 years.

(a)      Processing Fees
The processing fees for the two categories of Fellowship had been reviewed upwards as follows:

i)    By invitation   – the Council had approved N1.5m for applicants by invitation.  The intention was to limit the number of applicants for this category and encourage applicants by application.

ii)   By application – the Council also approved N50, 000 for this category of applicants.

6.        Honorary Fellow
the Council of the Society may at its discretion elect distinguish persons to Honorary Fellowship.  Such persons, though not necessarily engineers, would normally have used their positions to render notable assistance to the practice of engineering science.


All Forms are downloadable on our website:

Become A Registered COREN Member

In Section 1 (i) subsections (a) and (b) and subsection (3) of Section (4) of COREN enabling decree, Council is empowered to determine who are engineering personnel and to register them in their respective registers.
Council has been able to regulate, as contained in its publication CP3, that a person desiring to become a registered Engineering Personnel must, after obtaining the approved/accredited required academic qualification, must have four (4) years post-graduate experience which must be under the supervision of a senior registered Engineer.
Council believes that the continuing effectiveness of an engineering personnel depends on his contact with a recognized professional society and therefore advises engineering personnel to belong to a recognized professional engineering society.
It must be emphasized that membership of a society does not by itself grant automatic right to registration. Council still needs to satisfy itself that the academic qualification is register for the category applied for.




1 B. Sc, B. Eng, B. Tech in Engineering HND in Engineering from COREN accredited Polytechnics or Monotechnics. ND in Engineering from accredited Polytechnics or Monotechnics WAEC Technical/NABTE B
2 HND in an Engineering field + COREN accredited PGD in the same field e.g. HND Civil Engineering + PGD Civil Engineering Degrees in Engineering from East Bloc translated as B. Sc in Engineering Full Technological Certificate (FTC). Advance Technician Diploma. Trade Test
3 Diploma – Engineer from Continental Europe. Diploma- Grad from Continental Europe. Craft Certificate from City & Guilds.
4 Degrees in Engineering from the East Bloc translated as M. Sc. B. Tech in Engineering from some accredited American Universities as contained in ABET list.
5 New B. Sc in some countries in Eastern Bloc as degree
The decree specifies the abbreviation to be used by each cadre as follows:


  • A Registered Engineer shall use the abbreviation “Engr” before his name
  • A Registered Engineering Technologists shall use the abbreviation “Engn. Tech” after his name.
  • A Registered Engineering Technician shall use the abbreviation “Tech” after his name.
  • A Registered Engineering Craftsman shall use his full title “Craftsman” with his trade in bracket under his name.

Requirements For The Registration Of Consulting Firms

COREN ACT empowers Council to register all firms performing Engineering Consultancy services.
The Act emphasizes that “no firm shall offer engineering consultancy services unless it is registered by Council.
Council is empowered to register Consultancy Firms in the following categories.

  • This can be owned by a COREN registered Engineer who must be up to date in the payment of his practicing fee.
  • The firm must be registered by Corporate Affairs Commission with certificate of registration.
  • Corporate Affairs Form 2 (form of application for registration)
  • Brochure of the firm must be submitted with COREN firm form.
  • CV of owner.
  • Payment of N32, 500 processing fee
  • Corporate Affairs Form CAC 10 (Annual Returns)


  • To be owned by two or more registered engineers who must be up to date in the payment of their practicing fees.
  • Registered with Corporate Affairs Commission with Certificate of incorporation.
  • Corporate Affairs Commission Form 2 (Form of application for registration).
  • CV of partners.
  • Payment of N52, 500 processing fee
  • Deed of Partnership
  • Corporate Affairs Form CAC 10 (Annual Returns)


  • Directors on the board who are registered Engineers must be shareholders of the firm and hold at least 55% share. The registered Engineer(s) must be up to date in the payment of his practicing fee.
  • Registered with Corporate Affairs Commission with Certificate of incorporation.
  • Brochure of the Firm
  • Corporate Affairs Form CO2
  • Corporate Affairs Form CO7
  • Memorandum of Association
  • CV of Partners/Directors
  • Payment of N71, 500 processing fee
  • Corporate Affairs Form CAC 10 (Annual Returns)
  • A copy of COREN Certificate of the Director(s)

In addition to the firm having met the above requirement for registration, All Directors shall;

  • Demonstrate technical expertise by providing a detailed record of studies, designs and supervision of works carried out under supervision in organizations with the competence to provide such training. Such work experience shall be for a period of not less than five years.
  • Demonstrate experience by the seniority attained and level of responsibility carried in a consulting engineering firm or similar organization. The candidate shall be required to demonstrate that he has been able to lead a project team of reasonable size. Such experience should have been acquired for a period of not less than three years after initial registration with COREN/Recognized Professional bodies.
  • This shall be provided with a Statement of Consultancy Experience signed by the head of a Registered Consulting Firm with COREN and member of ACEN (i.e.: A reference letter from a registered company with COREN and ACEN proposing your company for registration with a copy of the firm certificate attached)
  • Any Firm that has stayed off consulting services for a period of five years or more shall be required to re-apply for registration as a consultant.

 Also, Foreign Engineers that are given provisional registration cannot register a 100% owned Engineering Consulting Firm.

  • Foreign Engineers who are COREN registered and desire to register a Consulting Firm can only do so in Partnership with the Nigerian Engineer
  • The Partnership agreement must put the Nigerian Engineer on the Lead as a major shareholder (i.e. 55% of the shares) while his foreign counterpart holds a minority shareholding.
    Consulting firms should reflect the fact that they are consulting firms when registering with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). Memorandum of the Association should specify that the company is solely in consulting business.


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3 Responses to “How to Become a Registered Nigerian Engineer”

  1. 1820394021

    Nov 28. 2012

    COREN IS Anti – Engineering and National Developement. Superiority is what they strive for not developement. All of you COREN Registered are not recognised abroad like in this your country where you play superior and inferior. HNDs Should protests against discrimination and Technological Set back by the Minister of Education, COREN and The President because is 5yrs course not 2yrs like our colonial masters do. Is a new world africa still got Slavery in their blood. I love U.S.A GOD Bless America things like this can not hold.What a pity HNDs stay put protest till u get justice just like u see all over the world.

  2. 100000485145827

    Feb 13. 2013

    I think COREN is doing all it can. We do some features of the Association on

  3. Francis Ohrien Redemi

    Aug 11. 2014

    so far so good for registration of engineers. can we have fellows by merit only and limited to a no. per annum?

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