THE ICE has teamed up with the American Society of Civil Engineers in a bid to become the dominant global provider of civil engineering qualifications and learned society services.
Under a joint agreement signed in June, the ICE and ASCE will market a new international qualification.
The new 'gold standard' qualification will be promoted as a vehicle for international professional mobility.
The agreement was hailed by ICE President George Fleming as the beginning of an 'international brand for civil engineers'.
The two bodies are working towards 'achieving acceptance of our professional qualifications in all countries and to have our membership regarded as an international gold standard passport allowing our members to work in any country.'
The qualification would be backed up by a joint ICE/ ASCE website presenting best practice in areas such as codes of practice, management, engineering techniques and contracts. The website would aim to 'create a worldwide network of knowledgeable engineers.'
ICE chief executive Mike Casebourne said: 'Creating a world community of civil engineers is a great challenge and the internet is the only way we are going to do it.'
The agreement will also allow ICE members to join the ASCE if they have been chartered for five years or graduated 10 years ago.