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Currie 'living in the past'


I was disgusted with the ignorance Alex Currie has displayed to the ICE routes to membership (NCE last week). Candidates applying for AMICE are more than likely to have studied at a university, albeit on a part-time basis (but under Sartor 3 full time for an ordinary degree), they can be trained under agreement and DO have to attend a professional review.

The analogy with nurses is misleading, as auxiliaries have rigorous guidelines on what they can and cannot do within their profession. No such guidelines exist within the construction industry.

There exists an Engineering Council booklet named Recommended Roles and Responsibilities but even this accepts that an incorporated engineer's work role merges with that of a chartered Engineer. The best person for the job usually gets the job, whether they are MICE, AMICE or TMICE.

Mr Currie's quote of President George Fleming has been interpreted differently from my understanding. Graduates are now classed as those who hold an academic qualification, which will allow them to undertake a professional review. Mr Currie should keep up with the ICE current guidelines and stop living in the past.

The reference to the ultimate accolade is again misguided - surely, the ultimate accolade is FICE.

Colin Gimblett (T)

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