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New routes to membership

HUNDREDS OF engineers without the formal academic qualifications traditionally required by the regulatory body Engineering Council (UK) can now seek professional qualifications through two new routes to membership.

A revised Mature Candidate Route (MCR) and the new Career Appraisal-Academic Review (CA-AR) have both been approved. They were launched by the ICE in January.

The Engineering Council (UK) had told the ICE that it would not accredit any new routes to membership during its current review of Standards & Routes to Registration (SARTOR). But by relenting the body has immediately freed up 300 civil engineers waiting to sit ICE's CA-AR route.

Both routes 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 CA-AR requires what is described as a 'minimum' academic benchmark, and candidates must have more than 12 years experience.

Knowledge must be demonstrated through a technical and experience report, and the academic assessment is made through an interview.

For the CA-AR route, candidates then progress to the traditional professional review.

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