ICE MEMBERSHIP is to be broadened for the first time beyond the scope of civil engineering, following Council's decision last week to create a new class of Associate Member.
The new AMICE grade, which will replace the existing qualifi ation of the same name, is intended to widen the base of ICE membership to recognise the role of other technical skills in the civil engineering team.
'We are developing routes for members who are not necessarily civil engineers, ' ICE vice president for membership Jean Venables explained to Council.
'We want to welcome members who are associated with the civil engineering team.' In the proposals agreed by Council, an associate member is 'someone engaged in a profession that directly supports, or is closely allied with, the work of a civil engineer operating in the built environment'.
It is described as 'a means of accommodating those who would not consider themselves to be civil engineers but rather working in a technical capacity alongside, and interacting with, civil engineers'.
The only academic criteria for AMICE membership is to hold a bachelors degree in any subject.
The new grade is the first time the ICE has broken the link between membership and registration with the Engineering Council (ECUK), and will for the fi st time enable professionals from outside civil engineering to join the ICE.
It will also enable the ICE to sign up and accredit non-engineers as chartered environmentalists (CEnv) under the agreement it has with the Society for the Environment. These professionals would hold the tile CEnv AMICE.
Existing holders of the AMICE membership grade will be transferred to other grades. The 2,898 IEng AMICE members will be encouraged to transfer to IEng MICE, subject to them holding satisfactory CPD records for the last three years.
The 256 AMICE who are not IEng but have completed the former PE1 examination enroute to MICE will transfer to become MICE, but will not be able to register with ECUK as IEng or CEng unless they use the technical report route.
Future IEng AMICE with pre 1999 HNC/HND qualifi cations, rather than the bachelors degree now required, will be offered direct entry to MICE via the Incorporated Professional Review.
The ICE by-laws and definitions for AMICE will now be altered and the new routes for transfer of existing AMICE members finalised. Further details can be found at www. ice.org. uk .
(See interview with Jean Venables page 10)