ICE President, Professor Adrian Long (NCE 13 March) promises to make the administration simpler in order to reduce by half the time taken to sit and pass the Chartered Professional Review. In doing so he hopes to reduce the age of passing to below 27.
I think the President is a mile off the mark. The presumption is that it is administration that causes the majority of successful candidates to be aged 29 or so.
In reality many university leavers concentrate on getting a job, relaxing after university life, getting married, getting a mortgage and starting a family.
It is this that tends to delay things and certainly not the system, which places absolutely no barriers to progression.
There are many other similar factors but space precludes my detailing them here.
In the same issue is a piece headed New definition for chartered engineers. The reported statement that the only difference between a chartered engineer and incorporated engineer is that the former must be an innovator is blatantly wrong - as a simple reading of the Routes to Membership ICE 2001 and ICE 2002 and Council's own class definitions will reveal.
To further report that this definition has the support of ICE Reviewers is misleading.
As a Reviewer I am absolutely certain that the view is not the majority view of my colleagues as suggested.
Roger Lewendon (F), Roger Lewendon Associates, 17 Eastward Avenue, Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5LD