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Examining the Professional Review

Changes to Professional Review essay requirements have caused confusion. Below we set out the new approach.

FROM THIS autumn's Professional Review Session, candidates for the Incorporated and Chartered Professional Reviews will be expected to complete one written assignment in two hours under examination conditions.

The assignment will replace the essays previously undertaken by candidates.

The written assignment for the IPR will be set specifically in the context of the candidate's experience. For the CPR, the written experience based assignment will include a wider societal, professional and managerial viewpoint.

Candidates can either present their written assignment in the form of a report or in an essay format. The three categories on which assignments will be marked, will be similar to those used to mark essays in the past:

Knowledge and relevance; Use of English; and Clarity and presentation (including logical argument); The traditional list of essay questions will still be relevant as a reference point and will be incorporated into the CPR as reviewers deem appropriate.

The assignments may be used to test candidates' understanding of management issues and the role of the civil engineer in the community. The essay groups will still prove an invaluable preparation through debate and discussion with peers.

ICE membership and human resources director Mike Bruton said: 'This approach gives candidates greater choice in their method of answering. The overall approach to the Review process remains substantially the same. Examinations however, are invariably a worrying time for anyone and our Membership Help Desk will be pleased to answer any concerns and queries.'

For further Information on any membership issue (including the Review process) please contact: Membership Help Desk: (020) 7665 2200/2135 Fax: (020) 7233 0515 e-mail:

Details of the Written Assignment are on the ICE website -

What has changed ?

For the IPR and CPR there is now just one written assignment lasting two hours. The CPR written assignment will include a broader societal viewpoint - taken from the list of traditional essay topics.

What hasn't changed ?

The written assignment can still be answered in an essay style or in a report format.

The preparatory work required for both CPR and IPR remains the same as set out in the 2000 series, except for those who began preparation in accordance with the 100 series, which is equally acceptable.

The written assignment will still be done in a booklet which has a folded out page at the back for making notes.

Reviewers will still decide on the title and subject area that the candidate will write on - giving a choice of two topics.

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