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Revised 'green book' clarifies membership route

INSTITUTION NEWS

THE ICE 2000 series documents, which guide graduate and technician members through their training and professional reviews, have finally been revised to reflect changes to the membership process introduced two years ago.

The amended version of the 'green book', replaces the 'blue book' Developing today's professionals for tomorrow's challenges, which was released in June 2000 and is now withdrawn.

It also takes account of sweeping changes to the membership process for potential Incorporated Engineers, following the introduction of dual corporate membership in September 2000.

The Graduates and Students National Committee has been campaigning for an update of the green book, published in 1998, since conflicts with the blue book first materialised.

A new set of documents was promised for summer 2001 at the GSNC conference last March.

However, publication was held up due to Engineering Council concerns that some of the ICE's new routes to membership did not meet its academic standards.

The new version is a temporary solution in advance of the new set of documents, promised for release in spring 2003.

'These amendments are the first element of a two stage process to clarify the ICE routes to membership, ' said professional development director Jon Prichard.

'Stage two will result in the publication of a completely new set of documents to be brought in for the autumn 2003 reviews.'

Prichard emphasised that the fundamentals of training have not changed since 1998, and those sitting their professional reviews this spring will not face anything new.

'Candidates will slowly see the benefits of this strategy but it must be stressed that the process is not being changed. We are only making the routes easier to understand and more efficient to administer, ' he said.

The ICE would like to remind trainees who enrolled on training schemes prior to 1 September 1999 that they are still entitled complete their Initial Professional Development (IPD) under the standards and procedures contained in the SARTOR 2 - ICE 100 series documents. Any candidate wishing to do this should consult their regional liaison officer, prior to submitting their application.

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