Originally posted by: roybowdler
It is important for members without exemplifying qualifications to describe clearly within their application, examples of work that illustrate knowledge being applied at the benchmark level. A PRA can help. Once your application comes to the IET it is reviewed by an initial scrutiny panel. This panel may request further information, refer the application to specialists for more in depth consideration, or recommend a Professional Review Interview (PRI).
A PRI will only be arranged if any doubts about underpinning knowledge and overall competence have been reduced to the extent that they can be resolved within an hour or so. Where it appears that the member is carrying out work appropriate to the registration applied for, but the extent of their knowledge isn't clear, then this doubt has to be dealt with.
We will request an example of the applicant's work which best illustrates their technical capability. Guidance is given and we are reasonably flexible on what this might consist of. Ideally it will be something readily available such as an engineering report, but drawings, designs, artefacts, patents, papers and dissertations have all been used. See professional registration further learning on the website.
Once we receive the submission it will receive an interim review and advice may be offered. If in the opinion of IET assessors there is a realistic prospect of suitable knowledge being demonstrated, then a Technical Interview will be arranged.
The success rate is good and in many cases any delay created is reasonably slight, but I'm afraid a few applicants don't have strong evidence readily available, misunderstand what is expected or in worst case feel "slighted". The standard expected is that of a comparable registered engineer at similar career stage. It is not a test of an academic syllabus, although some reference points derived from exemplifying qualifications are used by the assessors to ensure quality and consistency.
Many thanks for that - very insightful.
I am sure a PRA will be able to help me but if someone could offer some guidance on the technical elements on my application form then I would appreciate it. I have 15 years post graduate experience therefore I want the breadth of my skills to be stated, however I already have 4-5 pages of experience and if I go into much more detail then this may expand to 6-7 pages.
For example, I have overruled a decision to replace an existing assembly with a new one to facilitate a new supply to new plant on a site. Do I say I complied with BS EN 61439 in the modification of a switchgear assembly whilst saving the client £x, or do I state that the reason I chose not to replace an existing assembly is because I calculated the heat rise in the existing assembly was within the constraints of clause XXX BS61439?
Again, I carried out a feasibility study on inter-site control using fibre networks, MPLS networks, DSL, and 3G, assessing cost / bandwith / timescales of installation. Do I simply state this or on the application form, again signed off by 3 CEng supporters, or should I discuss the benefits and limitations of each technology?
Obviously my aim is to demonstrate my competences but I dont want to go overboard on the application form.
09 August 2012 at
10:36 AM by