I write to express my dismay at the article concerning mandatory CPD (NCE last week). As membership of the Institution is not a prerequisite for civil engineers to practice it is doubtful whether the ICE can enforce mandatory CPD without losing more existing members.
It would be more appropriate for the ICE to turn its efforts to ensuring a system, such as licensing, is established in this country where designs, completed works etc. have to be approved, or 'signed off', by a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer before considering introducing such mandatory requirements. This would then provide a reason to remain a member.
While the support and comments of the CITB are understandable considering their remit, they appear to forget that health and safety is only one aspect of the work of a civil engineer. Had they been interviewed I am sure that representatives of other aspects of civil engineering would make similar comments.
David Hubie (M), Hubie@btinternet. com