HUNDREDS OF experienced engineers without civil engineering qualifications can now seek membership of the ICE through two new routes to membership launched today.
The routes are designed to allow engineers to demonstrate their understanding of engineering principles through their experience rather than by forcing them back to college to study.
The ICE expects around 300 candidates to apply this year, meaning the potential for growth in membership is significant.
'Three hundred extra members in an institution where we generally attract around 1,000 new members a year is big news, fl said professional development manager Niall O'Hea.
'These new routes represent a potential 30% increase in the number of new members this year. And who knows what the impact on membership could be thereafter,' said O'Hea.
The new routes will reduce the amount of time it takes for mature candidates to qualify and emphasise the level of qualification over subject studied (see box).
Both routes are accredited by the Engineering Council (UK) and so offer full chartered engineer status.
As a result they are expected to appeal both to experienced engineers who are not currently ICE members and to existing members wishing to upgrade from incorporated or technician level.
The Engineering Council (UK) had told the ICE that it would not accredit any new routes to membership during its current review of Standards & Routes to Registration (Sartor) (NCE 14 November 2002).
'The launching of the routes has been a culmination of hard work from not only the ICE but also the Engineering Council (UK),' said O'Hea.
'They represent a common sense approach to becoming professionally qualified and may play a large part in the thinking behind Sartor 4.'
INFOPLUS Full guidance to the new routes can be found on the ICE website or can be requested from the professional development department on tel (020) 7665 2334 or email