THE CONTINUING professional development of a sample of ICE membership will be monitored in October for the first time, it emerged last week.
Professional development committee confirmed that a postal questionnaire probing the nature and benefits of CPD taken this year will be sent to a random one per cent taken from all classes of membership. It was agreed that the survey would run every year for 10 years.
Recommendations from the ICE's CPD working party that 'where performance was judged to be unacceptable, members would be invited to attend an interview to discuss their CPD practice', were rejected by the committee. Members whose CPD was judged to be unacceptable would not be called to account.
Chairman of Professional Development Mark Whitby said: 'We are not going for the 'big brother' approach. What we will do is increase the sample on occasion so that we can corroborate whether or not the one per cent sample is a good sample or not.'
The Cawthra Commission recommendation that monitoring should be carried out as an interview by Regional Liaison Officers, was also thrown out because RLOS were said to be too busy.
David Rogers said that monitoring needed to be operational before the Engineering Council's audit of the ICE next year.
He said: 'The Engineering Council will be carrying out its five-year audit of the institution next year. One of the questions we will be asked is: 'What are you doing about CPD and what are you doing about monitoring it?' All the institutions I have seen have installed some sort of monitoring; some institutions are monitoring 10% of their membership.'