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The ICE man fails to cometh

Letters

I, like many other incorporated engineers, have applied to the ICE for corporate member status. After spending a significant amount of my Christmas holiday polishing my application I submitted it with my cheque, expecting to get a response after a few weeks.

In January I received an acknowledgement letter stating that due to the high number of applications, the process would take some time, so I waited.

I recently contacted the ICE and was told that the Privy Council has still not approved the principle of transfer and that a decision would not be made until July at the earliest.

This is completely contrary to all the statements the ICE has made to date and confirms my opinion that the ICE does not value incorporated engineers.

Does the ICE not realise that we are their customers and they should provide us with a service? They are no longer the only Institution which can offer professional registration in the industry so they should take greater care of their members.

They claim to be constantly evolving, although they are not even keeping pace with the market.

Simon Watson AM, WSP Civils, Simon.Watson@WSP Group. com

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