If we are talking about the various classes of membership within the ICE, there are at least six; student, graduate, technician, associate, member, fellow, with also the possibility of adding companions and affiliates.
If we are talking about professionally qualified members within the Institution then currently we have three; engineering technician (TMICE), incorporated (AMICE) and chartered (MICE). Even with the changes to one grade of MICE, there will still be the Technician grade.
If you also add in the farce of existing qualified members being required to pass an experience review there is the strong possibility that we will still have three grades of membership; Eng Tech TMICE, IEng AMICE and IEng and CEng MICE.
There is only one situation where I can possibly see the one grade of membership statement being correct. That is members who have corporate status, ie with voting rights.
People who refer only to members with corporate status do a great disservice to all other grades of membership.
Last year there were moves from Great George Street to raise the profile of the technician grade and TMICE was eventually introduced.
Have we been sidelined? I realise that the technician grade is the smallest in terms of numbers but please do not forget that we do exist!
Colin C Gimblett Eng Tech TMICE, vice chairman, Incorporated Engineers & Technicians Group, ICE South Western Association, firstname.lastname@example.org