CONTINUED DISCUSSION with the Engineering Council (EngC) over routes to membership may force the ICE to delay publication of vital new core objectives and membership documents, it emerged last week.
The new documents, scheduled for release this summer, are intended to reflect the clutch of recent changes to the membership process.
However, release of these documents looks set to be stalled until EngC concerns, that some of ICE's new routes to membership do not meet its higher academic standards, are resolved.
'It would be wrong to set people on a route to membership that is not approved by EngC, ' explained the author of the documents, Welsh executive secretary and regional liaison officer David Crompton. 'Therefore the new 'green book' should not be published until everything is cleared by EngC, ' he said.
The new documents will supersede the ICE's green book.
They take into account not only recent dual corporate membership changes but also alterations to the format of the professional review and moves to encourage specialist sectors.
They also intend to incorporate a new mature route to membership for senior level managers for whom the traditional membership route is not appropriate, and a fast track progression for incorporated engineers which would see them becoming chartered within six years of becoming IEng.
Although the current system of 23 core objectives will be maintained, candidates will be able to vary the standard required in all but a handful of 'mandatory' objectives to allow better alignment of objectives to a chosen specialism.
At the moment prospective members struggle with the green book's array of documents. The new book will be radically different. A single page executive summary will lead into a concise four page overview setting out academic requirements, routes to membership for those on training agreements and for those taking the career appraisal membership route, and the professional review.