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Professional Review set for overseas pilot

AN ICE pilot scheme in India to help more overseas candidates through Professional Review has been approved by Executive Committee.

The new scheme could be a blueprint for a consistent international route for each grade of

membership in countries without an established review system. Candidates would no longer need to travel to London for their Professional Review.

Professional development director Richard Larcombe said: 'We will need to send people out to India to select and train local reviewers and then observe them carrying out reviews. Eventually there will be twice yearly reviews.

'We will need additional funding voted by Council to take the pilot scheme forward as next year's budget is very tight,' added Larcombe, who has worked closely with director of international affairs John Whitwell.

Whitwell's paper on the international route to membership has been drawn up with certain ammendments recommended by Education Training & Membership committee.

The paper is agreed in principle. The ICE will check the quality of Indian courses and ensure that Reviews carried out overseas are consistent with existing routes. Larcombe says the new international route must be no harder or easier than existing structures.

Applicants will have a degree in civil engineering from an approved university or higher education institute. Some 14 Indian universities have so far been identified as meeting the requirements of a CEng degree.

Once graduated, candidates would then need to show at least 10 years' active practice of civil engineering in research, consultancy, planning, contracting or academia; and that they are responsible for major projects.

'Eminent' applicants who have achieved positions of considerable responsiblity after at least 15 years of active practice would not need to show that they have a civil engineering degree. They could be put forward for CPR at the discretion of the country represenative supported by the ICE's international director. The paper also states that 10 years after graduation the quality of the degree becomes secondary to the performance of the applicant at MICE level.

It is hoped the pilot scheme will be up and running in time for next year's presidential visit to India, which has been identified as an 'anglophile country with a lot of potential members'.

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