THE ICE is on target to attract 300 new members this year through its two experience-based routes to membership.
Since their launch in February, over 50 engineers without the formal academic qualifications traditionally required by regulatory body the Engineering Council (UK) have applied for ICE membership through the new routes.
Both the revised Mature Candidate Route (MCR) and the new Career AppraisalAcademic Review (CAAR) allow individuals without an engineering degree to become a qualified engineer through relevant work experience.
For the MCR no academic qualifications are required, but candidates must be over 35 years old and have more than 15 years industry experience.
The CAAR requires candidates to have some form of science qualification, and more than 12 years experience.
Knowledge must be demonstrated through a technical and experience report, with the academic assessment made through an interview.
The ICE expects to conduct the first interviews in the summer, with candidates for the CAAR route then progressing to the traditional professional review.
The ICE urges any potential candidates for the CAAR to apply soon, as the route has only been granted a provisional one year licence by EC (UK), when it will be reviewed.