The proposal to close the gap between AMICE and MICE (NCE last week) is likely to lead to yet further confusion over the status of our qualified engineers. Just as our trainees are coming to terms with the new SARTOR regulations, and for many accepting their fate as associate members, it would appear that the Institution is about to alter the rules again.
The differential between MICE (IEng) and MICE (CEng) is indeed very subtle and while in theory the proposal would promote the grade of the incorporated engineer, it does little to elevate the status of chartership and hence our status in society. If after such a short period of operation under the new SARTOR rules the ICE Council felt the need to tinker with the grades again would it not be better to promote full membership (MICE) as the standard grade with an elevated grade above that to represent the elite.
Michael Rogers (M)