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Chartered confusion


As we are all hopefully aware, the issue of the ICE 3000 series introduced the new progressive route from incorporated to chartered status. However, it appears that confusion still exists about the educational base required to be able to progress to chartered via this route.

Gareth Jones has recently clarified this in an email to all members of the Civil Engineering Employers Training Group. He wrote:

'Para 4.2.2 and the accompanying footnote number 1 in ICE 3001 reminds readers that the correct educational base for CEng must be obtained before attempting the CPRP.'

There is, I believe, a huge anomaly. While those progressing along TRR can use their experience to demonstrate their understanding of engineering principles rather than going back to college to study, the new progressive route does not allow this.

How much more in terms of engineering principles does the student studying an MEng learn over that gained by the student completing a BEng?

Probably little, if anything at all.

The reality is that graduates with a BEng from some universities are far more likely and able to be chartered civil engineers than many of those who achieve MEng at other universities.

Chris Hughes (M), 21 Dyers Mews, Neath Hill, Milton Keynes MK14 6ER

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