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Call for exam fees to be scrapped

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THE ICE should abolish fees for professional reviews and training agreements, Institution vice president Mark Whitby said this week.

Under Whitby's proposal, free application for all ICE entry exams would be paid for by an increase in the subscription rate for retired members below the age of 65 from £15 to £100. At the same time, Whitby said he would reinstate free membership for those who had been members for 50 years.

Whitby, who is chairman of the ICE's professional development committee, said: 'There is a strong business case for substantially reducing, if not totally abolishing, fees for exams and training agreements. Graduates currently wait too long before presenting themselves for the Professional Review. If members have not become chartered by 32, they generally do not bother.' ICE chief executive Mike Casebourne confirmed that the issue would be looked at.

He said: 'There clearly is a business case to review the balance between entry fees and subscriptions across the board. Prior to initial discussions over the next two months, there will be a thorough review of the fees structure.'

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