ICE'S PROFESSIONAL development committee is to deny an overseas engineer corporate membership even though his membership of a recognised overseas professional institution entitles him to an MICE qualification.
The Hong Kong based engineer's application for corporate membership is expected to be rejected on the grounds that he is professionally incompetent.
The engineer failed ICE's corporate professional review two weeks before he was accepted by the overseas body, ICE's professional development committee heard last week.
The engineer, who had no connection with the country which accepted his application, was suspected of deliberately applying for membership of its professional body as a back door entry to ICE membership.
No formal procedure was in place to ensure the ICE's own qualification took precedence over the mutual exemption agreement but acceptance of the application would not stand up in a court of law, the committee heard.
ICE training manager Gareth Jones told the committee: 'This guy didn't just fail the professional review, he failed it dismally. How will we look in a court of law if he makes a mess of something and has got MICE after his name.'
The engineer was found to lack technical and safety knowledge and had poorly analysed engineering problems at his interview. He also failed both professional review essays.
The ICE's legal advisers agreed that the Institution was right to deny membership, but warned that there was nothing to stop the candidate reapplying unless the rules were changed.
Committee member David Rogers urged the ICE to re-examine all its mutual exemption agreements with a view to closing other loopholes which might exist.