The EIE Program


In the 1980s, numerous European educational institutions recognized the need for an international education in Industrial Engineering in Europe.

What is industrial engineering?

Industrial Engineering encompasses relevant and effective methods and tools for significantly increasing productivity and also improving quality, competitiveness, the ability to succeed in globalization of business, while simultaneously enhancing the quality of working life (e.g.: ergonomics). These methods and tools apply can be applied to both manufacturing and service industries.

In a transnational context EFPS includes international labor law, cost management, soft skills and intercultural management as relevant additions.


For this purpose, these institutions formed the European Federation of Productivity Services, EFPS. The goal of EFPS is to improve the knowledge and expertise of technical and business employees in the application of tools and methods of Industrial Engineering. Since European and global competition are ever increasing, European companies need to command the most advanced methods for increasing productivity and efficiency while achieving optimal quality of working life. Otherwise, they might not withstand international competition or the demographic change. EFPS’s mission is to spread the necessary knowledge and expertise in European Industrial Engineering.

A. Requirements for admission to the Seminar European Industrial Engineer (EIE) EIE

The European Federation of Productivity Services offers two forms of the European Industrial Engineer Seminar. The choice depends on previous Industrial Engineering education. For novices to Industrial Engineering, the seminar consists of 300 hours of Industrial Engineering. For participants with previous education in Industrial Engineering, the work load may be reduced to appprox. 110 hours. The scope and quality of previous education will be examined by the national EFPS member and the EFPS board.

Benefits for participants in the EIE-seminar:
EFPS is firmly committed to upholding the high quality standards of the EIE-seminars. Therefore, participants will benefit from:

  • the employment of highly qualified lecturers with at least 20 years of experience in either

          University education,
          Consulting, or
          Senior management positions in SME or larger European companies!

  • A selection of topics in Industrial Engineering that European industry has qualified as highly relevant.
  • the pan-European network of alumni.
  • life-long learning at the national or European EIE-conferences.
  • Introduction of new methods from affiliated companies or their employees.

Comprehensive (long) Version (300 class hours)

Participants with a technical/vocational education:
Participants with a vocational education in engineering fields are eligible to participate in the EIE, if their previous technical education meets the minimum of Level 4, European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Interested parties need to document 2 or more years of vocational school or technical high school Diploma/Higher National Diploma (HND) (technical Abitur) for approval of participation.

Examples of eligible participants for the comprehensive version are:

  • Foremen (industry)
  • Technicians (industry)
  • Skilled workers (industry) 

In all cases in question, the national EFPS-member institution will appraise the prior education and also present the case to the EFPS Board for final deliberation and decision. The Board can, however, also issue a general ruling on specific national educations and the eligibility to partake in the EIE.

Exceptions form the specified EFQ-level can also only be granted by the Board of EFPS and not by the national EFPS-member, if the prior education is deemed adequate to the respective EFQ-level. This is to ensure a pan-European level of quality and excellence.

Other eligible participants: Interested parties with a business background can also participate in the Seminar EIE. They will, however need a higher EFQ-level equaling at least Level 5 EFQ!

Intensive (shortened) Version

Some, but not all national EFPS-members also offer an Intensive Version of the Seminar EIE. Please contact your national EFPS-member (Country of residence) to get specific information to the Intensive Version EIE.


B. Training content in the EIE, comprehensive (long) version

EFPS has decided to define core topics which each EFPS-member must mandatorily offer within the Seminar EIE. Additionally each EFPS-member country can fill up the remaining hours with nationally relevant Industrial Engineering topics. These are displayed in the following lists.

Please consult your national EFPS-Member to clarify which topics are offered in your country. The mandatory topics are common to all EFPS-members.

Mandatory (100 hours)
Intercultural Competencies
Softskills, Intercultural Management, Leadership, and Management
European Labor Law (or TPS for non-EU nations)
Globalization, World Trade and Competetiveness
Preparation Case Study European Industrial Engineer (EIE)
Written examination/oral presentation of case
Sum Intensive Version (required 100 hours)
Electives for comprehensive Version (= total 300 hours)
Engineering Topics
Factory Layout Planning / Lean Management
Transportation and Warehouse Logistics
Value Analysis / Value Design
Project Management
Creativity Methods
Value Stream Mapping and Design
(Total) Quality Management (TQM)
(Production Planning and Scheduling
Management/Law Topics
Controlling /Cost Accounting Methods
Human Resource Planning
Capital Budgeting
Marketing / Strategic Marketing

The mandatory block consists of 100 hours of mandatory content for achieving the title of “European Industrial Engineer”. The remaining 200 hours have been selected from the following list by the respective national EFPS-member.

Your national EFPS-member may also elect to select some topics from the category “optional”, if these are more representative of their national industry and replace the respective number of topics from the category “electives”:
Stochastic Statistics
Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
Materials Management
(Toyoda) Production System
Introduction to Operations Research (OR)

C. Certification

All participants will need to successfully pass a final examination consisting of two parts:

  1. a written examination of 90 minutes covering all topics of the Seminar EIE as an individual performance of the participants;
  2. the presentation of a case study pertaining to European companies doing business in a European/international context. The second part is a group presentation.

IF the participant exceeds 60% of the maximum score possible, he or she will be awarded the title “European Industrial Engineer” by the EFPS. If the 60% minimum score is not achieved, the participant can retake that part of the examination that wasn’t passed in the first attempt. If both parts weren’t passed, the EFPS-member country can call for the retake of both parts.

D. Recertification

All participants should be aware of the fact that any technical/engineering education and knowledge has a short half-life time of approx. 3 to 5 years. To be current in knowledge requires life-long learning. For this purpose, the EFPS-member countries and the European Institute of Industrial Engineers (EIIE), a trust of EFPS, offer refresher conferences. Participation in these conferences automatically extends the EIIE membership for an additional two years.

Alumni can either

  • participate in the International EIE Conference held every two years in Lindau, Germany (conference language currently German), or
  • participate in their respective national Industrial Engineering conferences of a certified EFPS-member organization.

The conferences normally consist of three Industrial Engineering topics as a refresher or as additional learning information/expertise and a company excursion to a firm that employs Industrial Engineering in their daily work.

Participation in such a conference, albeit in Lindau or in your home country, leads to the recertification for another two years. Failure to participate forfeits your membership in the EIIE. To renew membership, participation in an upcoming conference of an EFPS member organization is sufficient, however.

Benefits of Recertification
See “Log in” (EIE register), “Events” blocks and “Knowledge Center” menu. These offerings are only available to members. Incidentally, the conferences enable networking with practitioners in your field of work. Benefit from other EIEs who have already worked on issues or projects that you now face.