Frequently asked questions


1. What is COREN?

COREN is Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, an established statutory organ of the Federal Government of Nigeria
by Decree No. 55 of 1970 as amended by Decree 27 of 1992, now Engineers (Registration etc.,) Act, CAP E 11, 2004.

2. What are the functions of COREN?
The functions of COREN are:
i. Determining who are engineers for the purposes of the Act.
ii. Determining what standards of knowledge and skill are to be attained
by persons seeking to become registered as engineers and raising those
standards from time to time as circumstances may permit.
iii. Securing, in accordance with the provisions of the Act, the establishment and maintenance of a register of persons entitled
to practice as registered engineers and the publication from time to time of lists of those persons.
iv. To regulate and control engineering practice in Nigeria in all its aspects and ramifications.
v. Performing the other functions conferred on the Council by the Act.

3. Who are the members of the Council?
The members of Council shall consist of:
i. One person who shall be elected by the Council as the President.
ii. Six persons elected to represent the Nigerian Society of Engineers in the manner provided by the constitution of the Society.
iii. Four persons appointed to represent the universities with faculties of engineering in rotation.
iv. One person appointed to represent the polytechnics in rotation.
v. One person appointed to represent technical colleges in rotation.
vi. Six persons appointed to represent the States of the Federation in rotation.
vii. Four persons to be nominated by the Minister.
viii. One person to represent each of the following cadres to be appointed from their respective registers, that is:
a. Registered engineering technologists.
b. Registered engineering technicians.
c. Registered engineering craftsmen.

4. What are the Committees that assist Council in her functions?
The Committees are:
i. Registration Firm Committee.
ii. Registration Practitioners Committee.
iii. Regulation and Control Committee.
iv. Education and Training Committee.
v. Finance and General-Purpose Committee.

5. What is the statutory supervisory body of COREN?
The statutory supervisory body of COREN is Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.

6. What are the benefits of registration with COREN?
The benefits are as follows:
i. COREN determines who is an engineer.
ii. COREN issues engineering practitioners license to practice legally in Nigeria.
iii. COREN also issues engineering firms (Consulting and Contracting firms) license to practice legally in Nigeria.

7. Who are engineering practitioners?
The followings are engineering practitioners:
i. Engineers.
ii. Engineering Technologists.
iii. Engineering Technicians.
iv. Engineering Craftsmen.

8. What are the titles to be used by registered practitioners?
i. A registered engineer shall use the abbreviation “Engr.” Before his name.
ii. A registered engineering technologist shall use the abbreviation “Engn. Tech.”
after his name.
iii. A registered engineering technician shall use the abbreviation “Tech.” after his name.
iv. A registered engineering craftsman shall use his full title with his trade in bracket under his name.

9. What is the difference between COREN and Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE?
COREN is a Federal government body established by law and empowered to regulate and control the
practice of engineering profession in all its aspects and ramifications
while NSE is umbrella organization of engineers in Nigeria and a non- governmental organization.

10. What do COREN do to an erred engineer?
COREN is empowered through its law to appoint investigation panel to conduct an investigation into any case where
it is alleged that a Registered Engineer has misbehaved in his capacity as such, or should be referred to
Registered Engineers Disciplinary Tribunal.

11. What happened when COREN found out an alleged misconduct was committed by a non – registered engineer.
COREN will transfer the case to Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, for further prosecution.
The differences are:
I. COREN assesses and accredits the professional contents (Resource, Workshop & Laboratories) of engineering programmes in Nigerian Universities.
II. COREN invites experts from Universities and Industries as resource persons.
III.COREN insists that the Provost/Dean of a College/Faculty/ School and Head of a Department must be a COREN registered Engineer.

COREN is established to register and license engineering practitioners and by this you cannot be a member of COREN.

14. What is the Code of Engineering Conduct?
Every Engineering Practitioners is expected in his general conduct to uphold and enhance the honour and dignity of the
Engineering Profession and to hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public.

15. Who is a Registered Engineer?

A Professional Engineer is competent by virtue of his fundamental education and training to apply the scientific method and outlook to the analysis and solution of engineering problems. He is able to assume personal responsibility for the development and application of engineering science and knowledge notably in research, design, construction, manufacturing, superintending, managing and in education of the engineer. His work is predominantly intellectual and varied, it is not of a routine mental or physical character. It requires the exercise of original thought and judgment and in the ability to supervise the technical and administrative work of others.