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Engineering Council clarifies role

The Engineering Council split into two organisations in 2002, forming the Engineering and Technology Board (ETB), and the Engineering Council UK (ECUK).

Five years on, some confusion lingers over the precise roles of the two organisations.

The ETB promotes engineering and professional registration, while ECUK regulates the profession. ECUK its keen to clarify and promote is role with a new brochure.

ECUK has a Royal Charter, to award licences to engineering Institutions, who can then enter their members on the Register of Professional Engineers and Technicians.

These Licensed Members must monitor the conduct of registrants; monitor the continuing progress of the professional; monitor the development of registrants; and assess the competence and commitment of candidates for registration.

In all, ECUK supports 36 engineering institutions – including the ICE – to ensure consistent standards and to try to encourage cooperation between institutions, in order to spread best practice.

It also sets the standards for undergraduate and postgraduate degree accreditation. It has helped develop diplomas for 14 to 19 year olds, and has coordinated an MSc in professional engineering, as well as new work-based CEng courses.

An ECUK spokesperson said, "We have been witnessing some correspondence in the professional press indicating there is some confusion between ECUK and ETB, where people have been conflicting our roles.

"We also issue annual reviews, which are really for the benefit those who understand the relevant regulations. We hope the brochure will make our role clearer," he said.

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