The proposed changes will open up Associate membership to a broader group of built environment professionals.
His comments come close on the heels of a similar statement from ICE President, Sir John Armitt.
In a statement to Scottish members of ICE, Ronnie Hunter says: “After some three years of discussion and detailed examination of alternatives, Council has now agreed that the Associate Member Grade should be made available to a broader group of built environment professionals.
“In reaching this view Council were determined that our existing professional qualification system remain in place. Market testing suggested that there were built environment professionals who would both benefit from and enhance the Institution particularly in terms of our knowledge.”
He outlined the proposals thus:
- Affiliates would be transferred to the new ‘Associate Member’ grade as Non-corporate Members and the Affiliate grade closed.
- Current professionally qualified Associate Members who joined before 2006 would be transferred to the Member grade.
- Current Associate Members who are not professionally qualified civil engineer members would transfer to the new ‘Associate Member’ grade.
- Applicants wishing to become ‘Associate Members’ would not be required to be professionally qualified in a civil engineering discipline but would be required to demonstrate a genuine interest in civil engineering and would be assessed by an independent panel
Mr Hunter adds that they would also be required to comply with the Rules and By-laws (including CPD). The post-nominals MICE would continue to denote professionally qualified civil engineers and technicians In conclusion Ronnie said: “These proposals can only be implemented with the approval of Corporate Members in a forthcoming ballot (and thereafter with the approval of the Privy Council).
“I am supportive of these proposals and commend them to you. If I can answer any queries I would be pleased to do so.”
ICE members eligible to participate will be sent information on how to vote in the ballot which takes place for six weeks from 1st June.