HUNDREDS OF engineers are finding a new path to chartered status blocked because the Engineering Council (UK) is refusing to approve it, the ICE has said.
EC (UK) has told the ICE that it will not accredit any new routes to membership during its current review of Sartor (Standards & Routes to Registration).
The decision comes in spite of a successful pilot of a new ICE devised route earlier in the year.
The ICE estimates that up to 300 civil engineers are now ready to sit its new Career Appraisal (Academic) Review (CA) route.
The CA route will allow engineers to become chartered even if they have not followed a formal period of structured professional development on an approved training scheme.
'On 17 October we went to EC(UK) for approval. But EC(UK) has put this temporarily on hold while it considers the effect on any planned change to Sartor, ' said ICE professional development director Jon Prichard.
The CA route is one of two new routes to membership developed by the ICE in 2002 so candidates can use their experience to compensate for shortfalls in academic qualifications.
The other one - direct entry to Fellowship - is for senior engineers. It replaces the existing senior route to membership and has been cleared by EC(UK).