I am greatly concerned to read in Ruby Kitching's article (NCE 28 October) that there is confusion as to the requirements for becoming a chartered engineer.
My understanding is that the benchmark for becoming a chartered engineer is an MEng degree, which covers both part one and part two of the educational base. However, for those with a BEng only (part one of the educational base), part two of the educational requirement may be achieved through a programme of structured further learning, which need not involve any academic applications.
In practical terms it appears that most graduates in need of this development combine both practical and academic experience to complete their structured further learning.
This situation covers those who achieved their degrees under the misguided Sartor 3, and also those who achieved their degree under UK Spec.
The latter, however, offers graduates the possibility of doing a technical report.
For those wishing to learn more about this and other training issues, I would like to issue a cordial invitation to attend the next meeting of the Civil Engineer Training Group at One Great George Street on 2 December, when this subject will be on the agenda. For more information please contact Alan Steele (0207 665 2008).
Peter McNaught, chairman, Civil Engineering Training Group, Institution of Civil Engineering, One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA