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Help qualify the next generation of civil engineers

Become a professional reviewer and assess candidates who want to become professionally qualified.

The institution continues to mentor an increasing number of candidates towards all three of its professionally qualified grades: Technician, Incorporated and Chartered engineer.

Our ability to assess these groups relies on the commitment of ICE members. Being a reviewer provides an opportunity to give back to the institution and the profession.

You can also support aspiring members by becoming a supervising civil engineer, delegated engineer or mentor and support trainees in your company through to professional qualification.

You can assess candidates who want to become professionally qualified.

We depend on a large pool of professionally qualified members to assess candidates taking their Professional Review. They are a vital volunteer group within ICE, both in developing the membership and maintaining standards.

Reviewers need to be competent, experienced, professionally qualified ICE members and professionally active. We need reviewers to be rounded and open-minded in their approach to assessment whilst firm in applying the standards required.

We especially welcome interest from experienced Technician members who have a deep understanding of the work and challenges of their aspiring peers.

By becoming a reviewer, you will:

  • Assure society through providing professionally qualified engineers
  • Learn about the latest industry developments from candidates’ work
  • Gain great satisfaction in helping civil engineers progress their careers
  • Develop your interviewing and critical thinking skills
  • Widen your connecting by meeting engineers across a range of sectors
  • Help ICE to become a diverse, inclusive, globally recognised institution of choice

When you become a reviewer, we ask you to:

  • Attend a new reviewer training day and observe a Professional Review
  • Do at least six reviews over two interview days in the first 12 months (paired with experienced reviewers)

After the first year, we recommend that reviewers commit to at least one review day per year, although of course we would be delighted if you can do more. Reviewers also need to occasionally attend refresher training courses.

As well as attending the interview day, reviewers need to spend some time in the weeks before and after preparing for the review and documenting their assessment and feedback for candidates.

You can support trainees in your organisation successfully through to professional qualification.

As a supervising civil engineer, or delegated engineer, you will be a role model and mentor to trainees and will:

  • Help trainees to join your company's ICE Training Scheme
  • Identify learning and development opportunities for your trainees
  • Review and sign off their experience and appraisals

Supervising civil engineers and delegated engineers are expected to attend training at least once every two years. And we expect you to set an example to your trainees in terms of professional standards, particularly for CPD.

For those in companies without an ICE Training Scheme, you can become a mentor and help trainees, in your own or another company, through Mentor-Supported Training for IPD. To become a mentor, you attend a formal briefing where you be briefed and supported by an ICE Membership Development Officer. If successful, you can start mentoring a trainee through their initial professional development.

Please contact [email protected] for enquiries about mentor and sce roles.

We also need professionally qualified members – academics and industrialists - to assess candidates for ‘further learning’ towards their academic base.

Many members show competence and commitment beyond the level set by their current academic base, but circumstances prevent them from undertaking further formal study to step up to the next level.

ICE has developed assessment methods to see if candidates have developed the level of understanding required by the Engineering Council’s Learning Outcomes in the course of their career, opening up opportunities for those who would otherwise be held back.

Assessors need to be competent, experienced and professionally qualified ICE members and professionally active. We are currently looking for assessors qualified at CEng and IEng level. They will join teams of assessors who look at candidates' written submissions to determine if they have demonstrated the required standard.

When you become an assessor, we ask you to:

  • Attend a briefing and panel meeting to observe the assessment and moderation process
  • Carry out at least six assessments in the first 12 months (paired with an experienced assessor)

After the first year, we recommend that assessors commit to at least 10 hours of assessments per year, although of course we would be delighted if you can do more.

We find this form of volunteering works really well for members who find it hard to commit to full days away from the office for professional reviews, but who are happy to fit paper-based assessments around their existing work and home commitments.

Get in touch

If inspiring the next generation of civil engineers sounds like something you would like to be involved in get in touch at [email protected] and register with STEM Learning if you're in the UK.

If you're outside the UK, please contact your country representative or regional office.

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