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How is the IPTC application process like?

  1. Submit all the required documents and payment stated in the application form to IES.
  2. Upon receiving the submission, the IES Secretariat will process your application and check for completeness.
  3. You will be informed when the application is in order and will be processed.
  4. The IES Secretariat will contact you to arrange for an interview with the Review Panel made up of IES-IPOS IPTC Registry Steering Committee Members.
  5. The outcome will be made known to you by the IES Secretariat after the interview.


I currently do not have IES membership. Can I still apply for the IPTC certification?

The IPTC certification application is open to professionals with recognised degree in engineering, science or technology who meet the other minimum certification requirements, regardless of whether you have IES membership.

For non-IES members who have recognised engineering qualifications and meet the IES membership requirements, you may choose to apply for the applicable IES membership grade and IPTC certification grade concurrently.

For IES membership application and details, please refer to the IES website at www.ies.org.sg


There are multiple grades for IPTC and IES applications. I intend to apply for both concurrently. Does it mean that if I intend to apply for the IPTC Member Grade, my IES application will also be pegged at the IES Member Grade?

It is not necessarily so.

The IPTC certification and IES admission come with their own respective requirements for each grade. The IPTC and IES grades may not be parallel.

If you meet the application requirements for a certain IES membership grade, you may apply for the appropriate minimum IES entry grade that you are eligible for.

e.g. if you are a working professional with a recognised engineering degree, you may choose to apply for the IES Member Grade, and concurrently the IPTC Member or Senior Grades depending on your knowledge, skills and experience in IP as per the certification requirements.

e.g. if you have graduated recently, you may apply for the IES Member Grade and IPTC Associate Grade (assuming that you have not met the minimum IPTC certification requirements e.g. to possess at least 2 years of professional experience in IP).


What can be considered as professional experience as one of the certification criteria?

Professional experience refers to the relevant experience in Intellectual Property (IP).

e.g. an engineer with five years of working experience, who has worked on IP-related projects for the past two years, will suggest that he/she has two years of professional experience in IP.


What can be considered IP-related projects which form one of the certification criteria?

IP-related projects in engineering, science and technology refer to those that could demonstrate your relevant knowledge, skills and experience in relation to the IP competencies and roles as outlined in the IPTC job description.

You are to include in your application form the projects relating to IP (e.g. patent, registered design, trade secret, copyright and trade mark) which you have been involved in, preferably those that are recent and with more significant strategic impacts. The Review Panel will place higher emphasis on the significant impacts of recent IP-related projects.

In addition, the IP-related projects undertaken will be helpful for the Review Panel to assess your IP competency which is another criterion for the IPTC certification.

Applicants who are deemed by the Review Panel to have not met the IP competency criterion will be recommended to take up relevant IP training courses to enhance their required IP competency.


Some of the projects that I was involved in are to be kept confidential. How should I go about listing these details in the application form?

As IP is often used to enhance the competitiveness of an organisation, it is possible that the IP-related projects undertaken are generally restricted or confidential in nature.

It is therefore important that you first seek the necessary permission from the owner of the project, be it your employer or client, before providing the project details in your application. The purpose of listing the project details is to help the Review Panel ascertain your knowledge, skills and experience in IP through your project involvements.

The IES Secretariat and Review Panel will regard the information received in strict confidence.


The certification is subject to annual renewal. What are the renewal requirements that I must meet upon successful IPTC certification?

Upon successful IPTC certification, the certified IPTC must abide by the code of conduct set by the IPTC Registry. The certified IPTC is also required to fulfil the annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements where the stipulated CPD points as well as an annual subscription fee will apply.


What are the CPD requirements for certified IPTCs?

It is the intention of the IPTC Registry to require all practicing IPTCs to keep abreast of the latest relevant developments in the legislation, regulations, standards and skills on IP.

The CPD requirements are fulfilled based on achieving a certain number of learning hours annually, which are currently being developed. More details will be made available to the certified IPTCs soon.