Membership Streamlining FAQs

Your questions answered

We have compiled a list of some common questions that you may have. 

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General questions

I have completed my training agreement already, will I need to produce new evidence on work related to UNSDGs before I apply for my Professional Review?

No, you do not need to submit any additional evidence as part of your training agreement/mentor supported training if you have completed it against the “old” attributes. You will need to reference the UNSDGs in the Sustainable Development part of your Professional Review report, when you apply for your Professional Review.

I have completed my IPD against the 9 attributes and am planning to sit my review in 2022. Do I need to have my IPD completion re-verified by ICE before I apply for my Professional Review?

No. All you do need to do is to make sure that you understand the requirements of the Professional Review from 2022, and that your experience meets the attributes for this review. However, it’s always good to speak with your local ICE Membership team who can offer specific guidance and support.

IPD Online

Why can ICE not move to 7 attributes in IPD Online now?

ICE is currently working to update the Membership database which supports IPD Online. This is a complex IT project, and it is important that it is implemented and tested fully before we can launch the new IPD Online with the 7 attributes late in 2022.

Existing trainees and new trainees up to the launch of the new IPD Online will continue to use the existing system, which has been updated to ensure it is compatible with the latest standards. To be specific, from 1 October 2021, the statements under the 9 attribute headings have been updated to reflect the new ‘7 attribute’ wording, but the structure of IPD Online has remained the same with 9 attribute headings. To give two examples:

  • “Identify the limits of their personal knowledge and skills” will appear under new attribute 7 for professional commitment, but will be retained under old attribute 4 for Independent Judgement and Responsibility in the 9 attribute framework
  • “Implement or construct design solutions and contribute to their evaluation” under attribute 2 will be updated to match the new standard which states “Implement engineering solutions, and evaluate their effectiveness in the context of the whole project life cycle”

The updated 9 attribute version is now fully compatible with the new standards and therefore trainees will continue in this system until full completion of their training agreement or mentor supported training.

I’m following the 9 attribute system in IPD Online but would like to change to the new 7 attributes system when it is launched, how can I do that?

As an existing trainee using the 9 attribute IPD Online you will continue to record your experience under the 9 attribute headings once you have started, through to full completion of your training agreement.

However, on 1 October 2021 we made changes to the current system and, despite the structure of IPD Online staying with 9 attribute headings, the statements supporting the attributes have been updated to reflect the wording in the new attribute statements required for Professional Review at IEng and CEng (for review applications from November 2021). You will not be disadvantaged in any way.

There is no need for you to change what you have already uploaded.

You will remain in your current IPD Online system until you complete your training agreement, with the reassurance that the updated wording will reflect the Professional Review requirements from January 2022.

I would prefer to wait for IPD Online to move to 7 attributes. Would you recommend doing so before I start my training agreement?

No, it’s best to start straight away and begin to record your experience.

There is no disadvantage for trainees following IPD Online with 9 attribute headings, as we have updated the supporting attribute statements to mirror those of the new attribute statements for Professional Review at IEng and CEng.

What happens if:

I have already completed my training agreement (TA) or mentor supported training (MST) at IEng level on the “old” 9 attributes then start a new TA/MST for CEng level after the wording has been updated but before the new 7 attribute system is launched in IPD Online?

In this case if you start a new TA at CEng level then you will see 9 areas and attribute headings in IPD Online, but with the new updated wording and you will continue with this system until you fully complete your training agreement.

I have already completed my training agreement (TA) or mentor supported training (MST) at IEng level on the “old” 9 attributes then start a new TA/MST for CEng level after ICE has launched the new 7 attribute system in IPD Online?

Your new TA/MST will be against the 7 attributes. You will need to achieve the CEng ability level only (Ac) – there is no need to input evidence for the K, E and Ai levels. You will have access to your previous evidence against the “old” 9 attribute system.

I completed my training agreement (TA) or mentor supported training (MST) at IEng level on the new wording against 9 attribute areas then start a new TA/MST for CEng level after ICE has launched the new 7 attribute system in IPD Online?

Your new TA / MST will be against the 7 attributes. You will need to achieve the CEng ability level only (Ac) – there is no need to input evidence for the K, E and Ai levels. You will have access to your previous evidence against the “old” 9 attribute system.

My training agreement (TA) or mentor supported training (MST) is partially complete and I reactivate it with my new employer after the 7 attribute system is launched in IPD Online?

In this case you will continue to see 9 areas and 9 attribute headings in IPD Online, but with the new updated wording for the supporting statements and you will continue to add evidence to demonstrate the new wording.

I transfer my training agreement (TA) or mentor supported training (MST) after the wording has been updated but before the new 7 attribute system is launched in IPD Online?

In this case you will continue to see 9 areas and 9 attribute headings in IPD Online, but with the new updated wording for the supporting statements and you will continue to add evidence to demonstrate the new wording.

I am following the 9 attributes with updated wording in IPD Online and I transfer my training agreement (TA) or mentor supported training (MST) after ICE has launched the new 7 attribute system is in IPD Online?

In this case you will still see 9 areas and 9 attribute headings in IPD Online, and you will continue to add evidence to demonstrate the updated wording.

My training agreement was cancelled, and I would now like it to be reactivated with my new company. What will I see in IPD Online?

If your training agreement started using the 9 attribute system, then when it is reactivated you will still see the 9 areas for the attributes and all your evidence will be visible.

Written Exercise/Communication Task

How has the Written Exercise changed/what is the Communication Task?

Anyone applying for Professional Review at IEng and CEng will now sit a written Communication Task. IEng and CEng candidates will both be given two questions and asked to answer one of them. IEng candidates will have 60 minutes to write a factual answer. CEng candidates will have 90 minutes to produce a written response of their ideas and opinions on a given scenario.

What is replacing the Written Exercise at Chartered Professional Review (CPR) and Chartered Professional Review Progressive (CPRP) from January 2022?

A written Communication Task comprising two questions each made up of a scenario and response format. The candidate chooses one question to answer.

What is replacing the Written Exercise at Incorporated Professional Review (IPR) from January 2022?

The requirement is similar to the previous process. Under the new Communication Task, Reviewers will set the candidate two questions and the candidate will choose one to answer.

Apprenticeships

I am an apprentice, will my End Point Assessment (EPA) change?

No. End Point Assessments (EPAs) will remain as described in the assessment plan for each standard.

While there will be no change to the EPAs at Levels 3 and 4, if you are applying for EngTech MICE alongside your Railway Engineering Design Technician and version 1.1 of the Civil Engineering Technician EPA, you will need to demonstrate commitment to the Code of Professional Conduct and be ready to discuss environmental impact under sustainable development.

There will be no change to the EPAs at Level 6, but if you are applying for IEng MICE alongside your EPA you will need to demonstrate how you can evaluate the effectiveness of engineering solutions in the context of the whole project life cycle; how you contribute to quality improvements, contribute to improvements in Health, Safety and Welfare; contribute to UNSDGs, and how you engage with ICE activities.

I am an apprentice applying for professional registration, do I benefit from the new CPD requirements?

For applications for EngTech MICE, you will need to fulfil the CPD requirements for a technician as described in our Technician Professional Review guidance.

Degree apprentices will need to continue to fulfil the CPD requirements described in the apprenticeship standard assessment plans until such time as the plans are amended or the standards are renewed.

Will the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSB) to attribute mapping be updated?

Yes. Updated KSB mapping documents will be published to align with the revised attributes.

SCEs, DEs and Mentors

My trainee is almost complete, will the new attributes mean that the training agreement will now take longer and need more experience?

No. You and your trainee will need to assess the experience demonstrated and cross check against the new wording in the attributes to ensure that they have the experience and have demonstrated this in IPD Online. Additional experience should not be required over and above previous requirements, but your trainee may need to write about their existing experience to demonstrate the new attributes.

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