On Tuesday 10th September 2019, IDE Council of Management Member, Mark Jack MIDE, attended the Engineering Council’s Professional Affiliates Seminar.

The first item discussed was confirmation that the Engineering Council remains internationally recognised as a Washington Accord signatory. This means that the Engineering Councils 2015 policy remains in place and signatories have accepted that the Engineering Council will require further learning to Masters level for WA Bachelor graduates from 2019 graduation. In summary this means that the Engineering Council will treat WA Bachelor graduates in much the same way as UK Bachelor graduates in the process towards Chartered Engineer registration, namely requiring candidates to demonstrate further learning beyond the outcomes of their accredited Bachelor qualification, i.e. to Masters level.

The seminar then moved on and a short presentation was given by Deborah Seddon on Engineering Council Guidance in support of standards. Deborah discussed the EC’s five current topics which are Ethics, Risk, Security, Sustainability and Whistleblowing. Each of these topics were briefly discussed and literature in the form of pamphlets and wallet cards were issued to all.

Next on the agenda CEO Alasdair Coates provided an update on Engineering Council news from over the last year.

During a presentation that provided a summary of professional affiliate reviews, one of the main items discussed was CPD and the audience were informed that additional guidance can be found on the Engineering Council website https://www.engc.org.uk/ on how CPD can be recorded  and managed as well as guidance on penalties for not providing CPD.

Next on the agenda was the standards review consultation in which Chris Kirby talked about the notable changes to the UK standard for professional Engineering competence (UK-SPEC), Accrediation of higher education programs (AHEP), Approval of Qualifications and apprenticeships Handbook (AQAH) and Registration Code of Practice (RCoP).

The last item of the day was Registration Agreements/Joint Registration Board, the licencing team gave an overview for Professional Affiliates who are interested in providing registration. A pocket guide to professional registration was also issued.

A most enjoyable and informative day!

Author: M Jack MIDE, IDE COM