I am surprised that 13% of the NCE 500 felt that it was not important for civil engineers to become professionally qualified and 1% did not know how to answer the question.
It is true that qualification does not make you a better engineer, nor provide a guarantee against incompetence. However, except for very unusual circumstances, it is most certainly in the interests of those starting out on a career in civil engineering, or in any other profession, to qualify in order to be able to demonstrate a certain level of competence. After all the world is a very competitive place.
Graham Spark, 6 West Loan Court, Prestonpans, East Lothian, EH32 9NW