Cliff Billington from Nottingham asked (NCE last week) if he should be getting worried about the new registration scheme that is being established for Scotland.
The simple answer is 'No' provided he meets the requirements for individuals being placed on the register.
The scheme is run by Structural Engineers Registration (SER) on behalf of both ICE and IStructE, and anyone applying for registration must:
Be a chartered member or fellow of the IStructE or ICE lHave a minimum of five years relevant experience, gained after professional qualification, of design of building structures lHave the ability, knowledge, training and experience to understand the design issues relating to all aspects of structural design lHave a knowledge of the Building (Scotland) Act and the associated regulations.
Have a knowledge of the process of Certification of Design (Structure) under the Scheme and of the Scheme's requirements as described in guidance notes.
Have the ability to demonstrate relevant continuing professional development lBe employed by a firm that provides appropriate professional indemnity insurance and that agrees to allow audit of the procedures adopted in the certification activity.
Agree to be subjected to quality audit by SER of the procedures they adopt in their certification activity.
Be willing to acknowledge that for some projects they may lack appropriate competence to enable them to act as a certifier of design.
Applications to SER from individual engineers for inclusion on the register can be made from early December at www. ser-ltd. com.
Dr Keith J Eaton, IStructE and Amar Bhogal, ICE, SER board members, Institution of Structural Engineers, 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London SW1X 8BH