I have read the many letters about the single member issue with great interest.
While I agree that associate members should be corporate members, as already agreed, I feel some further consideration should be given to the process of how an incorporated engineer can become a MICE. I disagree with the process of making a newly successful incorporated Professional Review candidate MICE, which I understand will be the case from January 2001.
It is my view that initially all incorporated engineers should continue to be made associate members. However, there should be a mechanism whereby associates could become MICE IEng following a period of further professional development and demonstrable continuous progression: in much the same way that MICE and FICE provides two tiers for chartered engineers, with no automatic progression.
The advantages of this incremental route for incorporated engineers would be the provision of two clear levels of membership for IEng, with the higher level reflecting the increased responsibility and maturity. It would encourage continuous professional development among our membership and would still enable many incorporated engineers to become MICE.
Bob Etherington (AM), 68 Parklands Road, Chichester PO19 3DU