We are very concerned that your readers will have been misled by the article Short sited (NCE last week), which stated that the Institution removed the requirement for site experience in March this year, and that this affected candidates sitting this year's autumn reviews.
Practical implementation experience is still an important part of professional development. Rather than prescribe a specific time on implementation activities, we believe the objectives should be directed to the type and level of experience necessary to develop competence.
Well-planned and managed experience is an effective means of achieving this, and the ICE has not moved in this regard. The emphasis should be on demonstrating competence, not accumulating time.
Health and safety is clearly fundamentally important for all candidates. The ICE believes the emphasis should be on comprehensive risk assessment and management, and the contribution of an individual's role within the complete lifecycle of a project - eg, infrastructure, research from inception, design, construction, and maintenance to decommissioning.
The Core Objectives were changed to improve clarity. The change does not remove the requirement for implementation experience, nor change the overall professional development requirements.
Further advice and guidance can be found on the ICE's website, and from the regional managers and the Institution.
Jean Venables, vice president membership, and David Lloyd-Roach, director of membership, ICE, 1 Great George St, London SW1P 3AA