THE ICE has last month sought to reassure members that the reciprocal membership deal with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) remains in place despite last year's collapse of plans to create a 'worldwide institution of civil engineers'.
ICE Council learned in November 2002 that plans to create a new 'international gold standard' qualification through a worldwide institution had been abandoned.
But both the ICE and ASCE remain committed to the Edinburgh Accord, signed on 29 June 2000, which commits both parties to making reciprocal membership available to qualifying members.
For ICE members this means that fellows, members with 10 years post-graduate experience or members with five years membership are exempt from the process of entry into ASCE.
However, the benefits are limited as the agreement does not exempt members from State Licensing Exams, which are compulsory to become a practising engineer in the US and provide Professional Engineer (PEng) status.
ASCE members with PEng status are eligible to apply for full ICE membership, bypassing the Institution's professional review.
However, the agreement does not confer registration as a chartered engineer with the Engineering Council (UK).
Full details of the method of application and eligibility criteria are on the ICE website.