ROUTES TO BECOMING PROFESSIONALLY QUALIFIED
Power Engineering is a progressive occupation; a person must commence this profession at the lower classification, then, through time, experience, and education, he or she can advance to progressively higher levels of competence, certification and Licensing. There are three basic steps to become professional qualified with the Institution:
- Satisfying the academic requirements
- Satisfying the Initial Professional Development requirements
- Passing the professional Review (Interview and Examination) or equivalent requirement.
Although most candidates progress through the Institution’s standard routes, there are a numbers of other specialist routes including the mature candidate Routes and Research Routes, designed to cater for those with different academic and career backgrounds. The criteria for these routes are recorded later in this document.
To be admitted as a student member, you must have at least 17 years old and should be studying Power Engineering. Usually, this will be via a Degree/HND or Higher Diploma/Certificate course in Electrical/Power Engineering leading to qualification as a Graduate Member or Associate Member.
Graduates seeking corporate Membership will need either an accredited MEng (Hons) in any aspect of engineering/or power Engineering plus an appropriate ‘Matching Section’ equivalent to a further year of appropriate study. Advice will be given on suitable meeting sections. Further information is available from the institution membership department. Graduate seeking Associate-Membership will need a degree in any discipline of engineering/or Power Engineering plus appropriate ‘Matching Section (s)’ equivalent to further year of appropriate study.
If you have a degree that is not accredited by the Institution or recognized as equivalent to an accrediting degree, you should submit the relevant application form together with a credited copy of degree certificate and full details of its course subjects. The Institution qualification panel will then consider your application and assess it against the content of an accredited of course of study. The panel will decide whether you must complete additional examinations such as the COREN examinations – to meet the Institution’s requirements. Whilst this is happening and until you have complete any additional examination that may be necessary, you will be admitted to student Membership. If you are not required to complete further academic study, you will automatically become a graduate Member at the earliest opportunity.
To apply for Associate-membership, you must have accredited degree or an accredited HND/Higher Diploma/Certificate plus appropriate Matching Skill(s), i.e. appropriate academic study. Advice is available on Matching Sections.
INITIAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Before being eligible to apply to sit either of the Institution’s examination- Associate-Membership or Corporate Membership (part 3) – you must meet the ‘initial professional Development (IPD) requirement of the institution. There are number of ways in which you can satisfy the requirement and record your training experience. Depending on your circumstances and the routes you have followed you may demonstrate you compliance with the IPD regulations by submitting appropriate Report Forms, Statements of Experience and if necessary, a portfolio of work. This submission is assessed during your professional Review Interview. Success in this Interview allows you to sit the appropriate examination.
Initial professional Development is the acquisition and development of the specialist knowledge and skills-and their practical application – that you need to practice as a corporate Power Engineer or as Associate Member. It thus bridges the gap between the education base and attaining professional qualifications. The institution defines IPD in terms of core objectives to minimum standards. Core objectives outline the basic competence required of those who wish to become members of the Institution.
Core objectives relate to all types of Power Engineering work and associated and permit flexibility. They fall under three headings:
- Personal – effective communications and interpersonal skills, leadership and professional commitment.
- Engineering Identification of the solutions
- Management and commercial – Efficient procurement and management of resource within given constraints to achieve the engineering objectives.
Acquiring further learning and experience at work will develop your ability to carry responsibility and make independent judgment. Although there is no concept of time serving within the institution’s IPD scheme, you are unlikely to achieve an adequate range of further learning and work experience in less than four years. Summary Record Sheet/Log Books which are available from the Institution, provide a useful means of monitoring the achievement of core objectives and highlighting areas requiring review.
Further details of IPD requirements are contained in a separate document available from the professional Development Officer. Full documentation on the schemes will be sent to member immediately after election as a Graduate or alternatively, for those members pursuing Associate-Membership, immediately after completion of the minimum academic requirement.
PROFESSIONAL REVIEW INTERVIEW
All candidates wishing to progress to a professional grade of membership must first satisfy the professional Review. This comprises an interview to assess competence against the standards required and an examination.
At the interview you will be expected to bring evidence of IPD by means of a portfolio of work (where required). The relevant Report Forms, Statement of experience and completed Application Form must be submitted when applying for approval to sit the examination for corporate membership (part 3) Exam or Associated-Membership Exam.
During the hour- interview, you will be questioned on the training and experience evidenced in your submission and your commitment to the profession. If successful, your application form to apply for the written examination will be so endorsed. If unsuccessful, you will be told where your IPD falls short and encouraged to re-apply once the gap has been filled.
There is no limit to number of times you can apply for professional Review. However, as the full assessment fee is required each time, it is clearly in your interest to complete all the core objectives before applying.
Candidates successful in the interview part of the Professional Review may apply to sit the appropriate examination. However, if you do not sit the examination following your interview but choose to postpone taking it for a year, you will be required to submit a further experience report before being allowed to sit the examination. If you postpone the examination for more than three years after the completion of you interview, before being allowed to sit the examination. The part 3 and Associate - Member examinations are held each July. To be considered for the examinations to be held in July, candidates holding accredited qualifications must submit their application forms – Form M for Corporate Membership (Part 5) or Form AM for Associate Membership (Part 4) by 1st May. All applicants without an accredited qualification must submit Form M or AM at least one year (i.e. by 1st August) before the examination they intend taking.
ASSOCIATE – MEMBERSHIP EXAMINATION (PART 4)
There are presently two alternative examinations to gain Associate Membership:
Written examination – The Associate – Membership examination is a six – hour test of elemental design and practical competence in Power Engineering. As a candidate you must answer one question from a choice of five on Power Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Operations & Management. You must be able to interpret instructions from a Power Engineer and produce practical Power designs and details. In addition, you must be able to carry our site surveys produce condition reports of existing and materials, inspect projects and supervise new works.
- Oral Examination – if you are over 35, have at least 15 years’ experience and hold an appropriate qualification, you can apply to take AM Oral Examination rather than the written paper. You will need to submit project work (One copy), the main paper of which should not exceed 5,000 words. The project is first assessed by the examinations panel to decide whether the oral exam may take place. Two members of examination panel will conduct the interview, which normally takes at least an hour.
CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP (PART 5) EXAMINATION
The Corporate Membership (part 3) Examination test’s professional competence and conceptual design skills. It takes the form of a seven-hour paper on Power Engineering Design and practice.
Candidate must answer one question from a choice of five requiring solutions in steels, corporate and other materials. The questions cover a range of different Power Design and include a Bridge Design Question and a Question about Transmission Masts or Towers.
To be a Corporate Power Engineers, you must be able not only to design but also to communicate your design intentions. In the examination, you will be required to list and discuss possible Power solutions, showing by brief, clear and logical presentation that you understand the design principles involved. In selecting and developing the chosen design, you should remember that the Power must be safe and of a competence and economic design. The Institution runs courses to prepare candidates for the examinations and offers for sale past examination papers and examination’ reports.
The Presidential Award: this is one prize for (Part5) Examination and is awarded to the candidate(s) with the highest aggregate of marks.
MEMBERSHIP VIA RESEARCH
As a Senior technician, or equivalent, in a University or research establishment, you may opt to offer research or development work for assessment for Associate-Membership. You should be responsible for designing test instruments to implement research projects conceived by a Power Engineer. Although you would not normally have been responsible for the research or its conception, you will have played a signification role in its delivery. With this route, you must submit details of calculations, drawings, procurement, etc. associated with the research and/or development projects. Your contribution to the project should be clearly identified and confirmed by the Power Engineer (or equivalent) responsible for them.
Applicants with the necessary academic qualifications for Corporate Membership but who are carrying out research in Power Engineering at a University, or other establishment approved by the council, may submit evidence of their research published in referred journals. Council will look for evidence of important and original Power Engineering research over several years.
If you choose this route, you must be sole or principal author of at least some of the items submitted for assessment. Alternatively, you may produce evidence (normally signed by the sponsor) that you have played a principal part in and be responsible for the work described. Generally, all work submitted should have be published in referred journals. Conference papers are not usually acceptable and research for higher degree or postgraduate research is not, in itself, sufficient.
If you are offering development work for assessment for membership as a corporate Power Engineer, you must have played a major part in the activity. The work itself should be reasonably general applicability. There should be documentation in the form of studies, papers, and report, perhaps culminating in guides, codes or manuals with the candidate as a principal author. Leading the management of a development group or team will be taken into account.
MATURE CANDIDATE ROUTE
The mature candidate route is designed for those candidates with considerable experience and responsibility who, with the basic academic qualifications, would eligible for Corporate Membership or Associate Membership of the Institution. Such candidates must demonstrate their experience before a professional Interview panel that is constituted by the council for each candidate.
The criteria for applying this route differ for corporate Members and Associate Members
Candidates are required to prepare a synopsis of a paper, which must be approved before the candidate can write the full detailed report.
Mature candidates seeking Associate-Membership must:
- Be over 35 years at the time of application
- Have at least 10 years’ experience as a Technician Engineer in Power Engineering appointments with increasing responsibility.
- Be in a post demonstrating proven competence that would provide acceptable evidence of training and experience had the normal academic requirements been satisfied.
The main aim of the paper – which should be in English and 5,000 – 10,000 words long – is to demonstrate the author’s knowledge and understanding of engineering principles. All candidates for this route of entry must complete and submit their Application Forms along with a synopsis of the proposed paper.
Once the synopsis has been approved, a candidate must submit the final paper within one year, during which Chapter Advisers will be available to offer guidance.
MEMBERSHIP THROUGH INTERNATIONAL AFFILIATION
Candidates from international affiliated professional bodies from Europe, United States of America, Canada, Russia, China, Australia, etc who are already registered Professional Engineers, in their countries will on submission of their applications be admitted as corporate Members of the Institution after the verification of their credentials, followed by professional interview.
On Admission and fulfillment of their financial obligations, members are entitled to use the following appellations after their names:
|Power Engrg Technician||TECH-NIPE|
|Power Engrg Craftsmen||CRF-NIPE|
|Power Corporate Firms Member||Corp-NIPE|