Is scheduling for a PRI supposed to take this long?

I'm not sure what's going on but I was told close to the beginning of the year my application was passed onto the interview team who should contact me to arrange. I still haven't heard anything over 15 weeks later, and its now been 25 weeks since I initially submitted my application (I was told a 20-22 week lead time was standard).

I feel that this is quite disappointing that no one has even proposed any availability or even reached out to apologise for the delay. I had quite a lot of respect for the IET initially, but I feel that the way this process is handled is not the best and doesn't instil confidence. Some of my colleagues have applied for CEng through the IMechE, and have put in applications after mine, been interviewed and received their confirmation all before I have even had an interview date. It's slightly upsetting as I committed my own money to the application when many things are not exactly affordable at the moment - it's not the easiest thing to forgo 200 quid at the moment. 

Is this normal with the IET or does it sound like there is an issue with my application or the processing?

  • George,


    First of all, may I apologise for the lengthy delay you have experienced in waiting for your PRI date.

    This is not typical and does not indicate any difficulty with your assessment, and we will be looking to expedite a date urgently.

    By way of background, you may be aware the assessment is conducted by peer review, and we are totally reliant on the availability of the excellent IET volunteers to review and interview applicants.    It is also worth noting that to be compliant with the regulations for registration we must also match the expertise of the applicant with that of the volunteers.  

    Post pandemic the number of volunteers engaged in registration processes has reduced, and for those still volunteering the time they are able to offer to volunteer has also reduced, which is reflected in our ability to process applications at the same rate that we could before and during the pandemic.  

    For now, I will investigate your application and provide you with an update as quickly as possible (I believe the PRI team may have already been in touch).

    Meanwhile, please be assured that we are reviewing our processes and looking to reduce the current lead time and do appreciate this does not help you now.

    Once again, I apologise for the delays you have experienced to date.


    Glenn Atkins
    Professional Registration Operations Manager

  • Many thanks for your reply Glenn, I appreciate your response.

    I actually received a response from the prof reg team this morning - interview is now scheduled for the 8th of June so looks like a swift resolution was achieved. I guess it must've got stuck somewhere and needed a bit of manual intervention to resolve. 

    Thank you for your promise to look into things, much appreciated! Looks like things have been resolved now though.

    All the best,


  • I had been made aware today and spoke to the PRI Team who said they were going to contact you, happy to hear it has already happened.

    I hope that your interview goes well, if you need any additional support to prepare, please let us know.

    Again, apologies for the delay.