Key Competencies

Key competencies are the fundamental skills that building engineers are required to have in order to practice.


The scope of building engineering is wide and the key competencies reflect this, however many building engineers specialise in specific fields, and not all building engineers will be fully conversant in all areas of building engineering. They will, however, have broad based experience and responsibility in one or more aspects of building engineering, as well as some knowledge of related aspects. The key competencies have been developed to reflect those areas that will be common to all building engineers.

The key competencies are broadly:

A.   Use a combination of general and specialist knowledge and understanding to apply existing and emerging techniques and technologies, this includes:

  • Maintaining and extending a sound theoretical approach to the application of technology, and
  • Using a sound evidence-based approach to problem-solving and contributing to continuous improvement.

B.   Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to design, construct, evaluate and maintain projects. This requires an individual to:

  • Identify, review and select techniques, procedures and methods to undertake projects
  • Contribute to the design and development of building engineering solutions
  • Implement design solutions and contribute to their evaluation.

C.   Demonstrate technical and organisational skills. This requires building engineers to:

  • Plan for effective project implementation
  • Demonstrate the planning, budgeting and organisation of projects, people and resources
  • Demonstrate continuous quality improvement.

D.   Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills. Individuals need to be able to:

  • Communicate with others at all levels
  • Present and discuss proposals
  • Demonstrate personal and social skills

E.   Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising statutory control and obligations to society, the profession and the environment. This requires individuals to:

  • Comply with relevant codes of conduct
  • Adopt safe systems of work
  • Undertake activities in a way which contributes to sustainable development
  • Carry out continuing professional development necessary to maintain and enhance competence in your areas of practice

Generally competence in any of these areas may be demonstrated by providing details of:

  • Qualifications
  • Role and responsibility
  • Planned and undertaken personal development
  • Undertakings to abide by ethical standards and codes of conduct
  • A portfolio of work based evidence such as that used in an NVQ, or
  • A Diary Portfolio to demonstrate the practical application of learnt knowledge, such as that used in conjunction with an accredited degree, or
  • Examples of situations encountered or projects dealt with that demonstrate that key competencies have been met.

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