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Chief executive writes

THE HIGH standard and value of IEng and incorporated civil engineers is there to be seen, and more of our members are beginning to see it. The Engineering Council believes that, in time, about half the engineering professionals working at the heart of our industry will be IEng.

Do members remember how they became chartered civil engineers and CEng by getting a three-year degree (four years in Scotland), three years' minimum experience, satisfying around 24 core objectives, then passing a review based on two reports, 2000 and 4000 words, an interview and an essay? Well, that's what it takes to be IEng.

That's why Vice President Mark Whitby and Scott Steedman, chairman of the Training and Professional Reviews Panel, have proposed the Institution should recognise that high standard of entry, by welcoming them as members, rather than associate members, to play as full a role in their Institution as they do as professionals within our industry.

Nowadays, to be a chartered civil engineer, you need a four-year MEng (five years in Scotland), or a three-year BEng, plus around a year's worth of further learning, plus similar experience, core objectives and review pitched at an increasingly high standard. That is the comparison in a nutshell, but I can picture the afficionados bashing out e-mails pointing out various devils in the details.

Remember the comparative definitions which determine the relative standards of the experience, core objectives and review.

Incorporated civil engineer (IEng) - develop a good level of experience in a particular field; exercise technical judgement in the use of engineering principles; apply established analytical or design techniques in solving problems; manage human, material, plant or financial resources; and deal with contractual, economic, safety or environmental issues Chartered civil engineer (CEng) - exercise professional judgement; apply innovation, creativity and resourcefulness in solving problems; develop analytical or design concepts or methods of implementation; lead interdisciplinary teams including technological or commercial specialists; and manage complex projects commercially, technologically or organisationally.

I'm sure these outline definitions will strike a chord with most people reading this who will recognise the high notes involved in them.

Of course, the elite of the profession are those who achieve distinction in their careers and are recognised by their peers who support their transfer to Fellowship.

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