THOUSANDS OF chartered civil engineers will become eligible for a new environmental qualification in April following the ICE's decision to join a newly formed Society for the Environment.
The society is currently made up of nine founding environmental bodies. It aims to be the 'leading and co-ordinating professional body in environmental matters and a pre-eminent champion of the sustainable environment'.
It is expected to receive a Royal Charter in March, which will allow it to confer 'chartered environmentalist' (CEnv) status on its members.
The process to becoming CEnv will be rigorous, with candidates required to achieve 20 'points of learning' demonstrable at a professional review or have 12 years of relevant experience.
Once chartered, the society is proposing a scheme that requires revalidation on a five yearly basis. At revalidation members will be asked to demonstrate how they have achieved continuing professional development (CPD).
However, by joining the society before it is granted a charter, ICE members that meet the society's entry criteria will be able to apply for CEnv status without sitting a review.
The ICE is currently putting in place a training and review system that will run parallel with its traditional routes to membership.
The society developed out of a discussion group in the 1990s.
The nine founding constituent bodies include the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management, the Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management and the Institute of Environmental Sciences.