MORE TECHNICIANS are to be offered the chance of a professional qualification, with the ICE approving a new route to Technician Member (TMICE) using vocational qualifications.
The ICE has accepted that Level 3 national vocational qualifications (NVQs) can be used as a substitute for an academic qualification, after a successful pilot during the spring 2002 professional reviews.
The move has been approved by the Engineering Council (UK), entitling successful candidates to take the EngTech title.
At present there are just 540 Technician Members, and this figure is declining by more than 5% a year.
NVQs (SVQs in Scotland) are based on competent workplace performance judged against national occupational standards.
The necessary underpinning knowledge is assessed, but no separate academic achievement is needed.
For more information contact ICE professional development manager Niall O'Hea +44 20 7665 2071 or email niall. o'hea@ice. org. uk