I am driven to write following the article Scottish structural engineers to face new competence test (NCE last week).
Surely our professional review should be sufficiently rigorous so that anyone passing automatically demonstrates a competence in design and health and safety.
Having been a chartered member of the ICE since 1976, a chartered member of IStructE since 1992, spent all my working life with highly respected firms of consulting engineers - directly or indirectly involving design - and maintained a CPD record, I find it insulting that I could be be asked to demonstrate my competence through further certification. My record should in itself be sufficient to demonstrate that competence.
No doubt certification will also involve a testing fee and annual subscription.
I thought it unnecessary earlier this year to take the health and safety competence test to obtain a CSCS card to be allowed on site, especially as most of the questions could be answered using pure common sense.
I trust our Institutions will resist pressure from the government for such requirements to apply in England and Wales and will ensure that our professional entry requirements are gold standards of excellence.
Stephen J Martin (M), 81 Ruskin Gardens, Harrow, Middx, HA3 9PY