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ICE 3004A

Non-standard Routes to Membership

Table of contents
Page 1. Introduction 5 2. Educational base standard or benchmark 6 3. Educational base individual 7 4. Individual route to all EC grades work experience compensation Technical Report Route 9 5. Other UK Institutions 10 6. Mutual Exemption Agreements (MEA) 10 7. European Directive route 10 To supplement this document ICE has placed on its website ice.org.uk a number of Membership Guidance Notes (MGNs) which give more detailed practical advice on a number of issues regarding membership. A list of current MGNs appears in MGN 0.

Revision A, V4 Principal changes are: Clarification of MGN 36; clarification of ECO Route. Update re educational nomenclature.

... it is accordingly of importance that there should be a ready means heretofore of ascertaining persons who by proper training and experience are qualified...
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ICE values the diversity that individuals with differing backgrounds and abilities bring to the Institution; it respects all members and applicants through fairness, tolerance and consistency of professional standards; ensuring that professional qualification and membership of ICE is open to all who meet its standards.
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Summary of non-standard routes to IEng MICE and CEng MICE


Award of MICE1 (option to register as CEng) CPR Panel Initial Professional Development (IPD) based on engineering principles Panel Panel Technical Report Route (TRR) includes Academic and Professional Review Award of MICE1 (option to register as IEng) MPR Initial Professional Development (IPD) based on engineering principles Panel

Cognate qualification

Other qualification or combination of qualifications

Cognate qualification

Other qualification or combination of qualifications

Academic top-up

Further learning

Academic top-up

Further learning

CEng or equivalent with Mutual Exemption/ Recognition Institution

CEng with another Engineering Council Institution or covered by EU directive

IEng or equivalent with Mutual Exemption/ Recognition Institution

IEng with another Engineering Council Institution or covered by EU directive

Academic assessment

Academic assessment

Non-benchmark qualifications

CPR Chartered Professional Review

MPR Member Professional Review

1 See Section 6.0.

Summary of non-standard routes to Eng Tech TMICE


Technical Report Route (TRR) includes Academic and Professional Review

Award of TMICE (option to register as Eng Tech)

TPR Panel Initial Professional Development (IPD) based on engineering principles

Academic assessment

Modern Apprenticeship

Highway Open Tech

Eng Tech with another Engineering Council Institution or covered by EU directive

Non-benchmark qualification

TPR Technician Professional Review IPD Initial Professional Development

1. Introduction
1.1 Membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE) and registration with the Engineering Council can be awarded to a wide range of engineers practising in the broad area encompassed by civil engineering. For full details of the grades of membership available see ICE 3000A. The stages in qualifying as a member at any grade are: the achievement of the educational base a period of responsible work experience under early guidance and decreasing supervision, known as Initial Professional Development (IPD) while following the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge skills and competence known as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) success at a Professional Review

Educational base

Initial Professional Development (IPD)

Professional Review

Membership

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Figure 1- Route to membership. The achievement of the educational base and IPD can take place at the same time, but both need to be completed before the Review.

2. Educational base standard or benchmark


The standard or benchmark1 criteria for the educational base are noted in the documents which describe each grade of membership. They are also noted below. 2.1 Technician Membership The main educational benchmarks for Technician Membership and Engineering Council registration as an Engineering Technician (Eng Tech TMICE) are: a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in one of the Construction Pathways or Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) National Awards (Certificates and Diplomas) in Construction (Civil Engineering) or an approved National Vocational Qualification or Scottish Vocational Qualification (NVQ/SVQ) level 3 (details of approved NVQ/SVQ can be found in Guidance Note 7 on ICEs website) Edexel level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering In addition the following are also acceptable as benchmark qualifications: a Higher National Diploma/Certificate (HND/C) in Civil Engineering or Engineering Vocational A level (VCE) in Construction and the Built Environment SQA Professional Development Award (PDA) Certificate in Civil Engineering City and Guilds Higher Professional Diploma in Engineering 2.2 Member Incorporated Engineer The educational benchmark2 for membership and Engineering Council registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng MICE) is either: a bachelors degree in engineering or technology, accredited for IEng, or a Higher National Certificate or Diploma or Foundation Degree in engineering or technology, plus appropriate further learning to IEng degree level 2.3 Member Chartered Engineer The educational benchmark3 for Membership as a Chartered Civil Engineer and for Engineering Council Chartered Engineer registration (CEng) is identical and is: either the completion of an accredited MEng degree, or an accredited bachelors degree with honours in engineering or technology, plus either an appropriate Masters degree accredited or approved by a professional Institution, or appropriate further learning to Masters level

1 Since 1976 academic courses have been accredited by the Institution as meeting the educational base registration at the Engineering Council professional grades. To check whether your course is accredited, you can look on ICEs Joint Board of Moderators website www.jbm.org.uk, or on the Engineering Council website www.engc.org.uk 2 Generally, students starting on accredited HNC/HND courses before 1999 were able to meet the academic requirements for IEng MICE registration. From 1999, new accredited bachelor degree courses became the benchmark standard. However, some HNC/HND courses were still recognised after this date. To check whether your course was previously accredited, you can look on ICEs Joint Board of Moderators website www.jbm.org.uk, or on the Engineering Council website www.engc.org.uk 3 Generally, students starting on a CEng accredited bachelors before 1999 were able to meet the academic requirements for CEng registration without the need for the additional Masters requirement. From 1999, the standards above applied. However, some bachelors courses were still recognised after this date. To check whether your course was previously accredited, you can look on ICEs Joint Board of Moderators website www.jbm.org.uk or on the Engineering Council website www.engc.org.uk 6

3. Educational base individual


If you do not possess the requisite benchmark academic qualifications it is, however, possible for you to achieve the educational base by following other more Individual routes. These Individual routes require you either to: compensate for any shortfall in knowledge by pursuing an additional academic course (see sections 3.1 to 3.3 for details) or compensate for any shortfall in knowledge by obtaining the required knowledge while gaining experience in the workplace (see section 4.0) 3.1 Individual route for Technician Member academic compensation If your academic qualification does not meet the benchmarks for Eng Tech TMICE, (see section 2.1) you may demonstrate that you have compensated for the shortfall in one of the following ways: a. by providing evidence of any other academic achievement; or b. by providing a technical certificate from within an Approved Advanced Apprenticeship programme; or c. by providing the Highway Open Tech from City of Bath College which must include the Highway Technology Foundation Course, three full specialist courses and a project In case a, you should apply for an Academic Assessment, giving details of your academic achievement and a summary of your training and experience. The Academic Qualifications Panel (AQP) will assess your achievement and advise you in detail about the options open to you. The application process for an Academic Assessment on the ICE website ice.org.uk/academicassessment Other possible academic achievements may include: i Cognate awards - that is, those in numerate and/ or scientific disciplines related to engineering (eg physics, mathematics, chemistry, geology). They may be of a high standard and accredited by the professional body for the discipline, but deficient in the necessary knowledge and understanding of the principles of civil engineering. However, if they are supplemented by further academic achievement, the resulting package may satisfy the benchmark standards ii Combinations of qualifications - you may have a combination of qualifications which, on their own, may not be sufficient to satisfy the educational base requirements, but as a group may be acceptable. As stated above, AQP will assess your achievement and either confirm that it meets the benchmark standard or offer advice 3.2 Individual route for Member and Incorporated Engineer academic compensation If your academic qualification does not meet the benchmark for IEng MICE (see section 2.2), you may demonstrate that you have compensated for the shortfall in one of the following ways: a. by providing evidence of other academic achievement b. by following an assessed work-based learning programme (known as further learning) You should apply for an Academic Assessment, giving details of your academic achievement. The Academic Qualifications Panel (AQP) will assess your achievement and advise you in detail about the options open to you. The application process for an Academic Assessment is described on the ICE website ice.org.uk/academicassessment
3.2.1 Should your application, when assessed by AQP,

not satisfy the IEng MICE educational base you will be given guidance on how to top up your qualification(s) to meet the base. If your application meets another grade of membership eg Eng Tech TMICE, you will be informed.

Other achievements Other possible academic achievements may include: i Cognate awards - that is, those in numerate and/ or scientific disciplines related to engineering (eg physics, mathematics, chemistry, geology). They may be of a high standard, and accredited by the professional body for ther discipline, but deficient in the necessary knowledge and understanding of the principles of civil engineering. However, if they are supplemented by further academic achievement, the resulting package may satisfy the benchmark standards ii Combinations of qualifications - Individuals may have a combination of qualifications which on their own may not be sufficient to satisfy the educational base requirements, but as a group may be acceptable

compensated for the shortfall in one of the following ways:

by having passed the Engineering Council Examinations, or by providing evidence of other academic achievement, or by following a work-based learning programme known as further learning You should apply for an Academic Assessment, giving details of your academic achievement. The Academic Qualifications Panel (AQP) will assess your achievement and advise you in detail about the options open to you. The application process for an Academic Assessment is described on the ICE website ice.org.uk/academicassessment

As stated above, AQP will assess your achievement and 3.3.1 Should your application, when assessed by AQP, not satisfy the CEng MICE educational base you will be either confirm that it meets the benchmark standard or given guidance on how to top up your offer advice. qualification(s) to meet the base. If your application 3.2.3 Further learning through work-based educational meets another grade of membership eg Eng Tech TMICE or IEng MICE, you will be informed. experience Further learning is a structured means of using work3.3.2 Other academic achievements may include: based educational experience which when added to a Higher National Certificate/Diploma or Foundation (i) Cognate awards - that is, those in numerate and/ degree programme can enhance your academic base to or scientific disciplines related to engineering (eg that required for a Member Incorporated Engineer. physics, mathematics, chemistry, geology). They may be of high standard, and accredited by the It requires you, with the help of a professional engineer professional body for the discipline, but deficient in acting as a mentor, to plan, record and reflect specific the necessary knowledge and understanding of the work experiences to demonstrate the additional new principles of civil engineering. However, if they are learning achieved. Full details are available on supplemented by further academic achievement, www.jbm.org.uk the resulting package may satisfy the benchmark standards 3.3 Individual route for Member and Chartered Engineer (CEng MICE) academic compensation (ii) Combinations of qualifications - you may have a If your academic qualification does not meet the combination of qualifications which, on their own benchmarks for Member and Chartered Civil Engineer may not be sufficient to satisfy the educational base (see section 2.3) you may demonstrate that you have requirements, but as a group may be acceptable
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4. Individual route to all Engineering Council grades, work experience compensation - Technical Report Route
As stated above, AQP will assess your achievement and either confirm that it meets the benchmark standard or offer advice.
3.3.3 Further learning through work-based educational

experience Further learning is a structured means of using workbased educational experience, which when added to an accredited undergraduate BEng (Hons) programme, can enhance your academic base to that required for a Chartered Member. It requires you, with the help of a professional engineer acting as a mentor, to plan, record and reflect specific work experiences to demonstrate the additional new learning achieved. Full details are available on www.jbm.org.uk

Using the Technical Report Route (TRR) you may demonstrate that you have compensated for any shortfall in your educational base through training and experience gained in the workplace. In particular, it requires you to demonstrate that you have the same knowledge and understanding of the scientific and engineering principles as someone of your age who obtained the benchmark qualification. The greater the shortfall, the longer the period of experience likely to be required. The time you need to spend working and gaining educational experience thus depends on what academic qualifications, if any, you possess. For indicative periods and for details of the staged application process, guidance on the preparation of reports and description of mentors duties see MGN 35 for MICE IEng and MICE CEng or MGN 36 for TMICE EngTech.

5. Other UK Institutions
If you have been registered as a member at any professionally qualified grade with any other UK Chartered Engineering Organisation or with the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) you can apply to ICE for membership without the need for a Professional Review. You will need to be a Member of these Institutions and registered with the Engineering Council for at least two years and have been working in the built environment for some years. You will also need to be able to obtain sponsorship. For details see Membership Guidance Note 30. However, if you are accepted as a Member (MICE CEng) via these routes, because you have not successfully completed ICEs own Chartered Professional Review, you will not be entitled to style yourself a Chartered Civil Engineer.

6. Mutual Exemption Agreements (MEA)


Mutual Exemption Agreements (MEA) exist between ICE and certain other professional institutions in other countries. These enable engineers from these other Institutions to become corporate members of ICE and, with some exceptions, lead to registration with the Engineering Council as Chartered Engineer (CEng). For details see the ICE website ice.uk.org.uk/mea However, if you are accepted as a Member (MICE CEng) via this route, because you have not successfully completed the ICEs own Chartered Professional Review, you will not be entitled to style yourself a Chartered Civil Engineer.

7. European Directive route


The European Directive route to ICE membership is ICEs interpretation and implementation of European Directive 2005/36/EC which concerns the recognition of professional qualifications across the EU. The route is open to EU nationals who are legally established in the profession of civil engineer in their home Member State and wish to hold the equivalent title in the UK. The Directive does not guarantee automatic recognition and this route requires applicants to demonstrate that they possess the equivalent academic knowledge and professional experience as UK Members. To check eligibility for this route and for information on how to apply see Membership Guidance Note 28.

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Acronyms
AMICE Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers AMPR Associate Member Professional Review AQP Academic Qualifications Panel AVQ Advanced Vocational Qualification BEng Bachelor of Engineering CA Career Appraisal CDM Construction Design Management CEng Chartered Engineer CEnv Chartered Environmentalist CEPR Chartered Environmentalist Professional Review CPD Continuing Professional Development CPR Chartered Professional Review DAP Development Action Plan DE Delegated Engineer DO Development Objective ECO Engineering Council Organisation Eng Tech Engineering Technician EU European Union GNVQ General National Vocational Qualification HS&W Health, Safety and Welfare ICE Institution of Civil Engineers IEng Incorporated Engineer IPD Initial Professional Development IT Information Technology JBM Joint Board of Moderators MDO Membership Development Officer MEA Mutual Exemption Agreement MEng Master of Engineering MGN Membership Guidance Note MICE Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers MPR Member Professional Review MRA Mutual Recognition Agreement NVQ National Vocational Qualification PDR Personal Development Record RD Regional Director RGN Register Guidance Note RST Regional Support Team SCE Supervising Civil Engineer SE Supervising Engineer SVQ Scottish Vocational Qualification TMICE Technician Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers TPR Technician Professional Review TR Training Review TRR Technical Report Route VCE Vocational Certificate of Education

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..it is accordingly of importance that there should be a ready means heretofore of ascertaining persons who by proper training and experience are qualified...
Extract from Royal Charter