Of Training in Ensuring Vital Role O a Properly Qualified Profession; Keith Jones, Director of the Institution of Civil Engineers Wales Cymru, Says That Continued Training and Development Is Vitally Important

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Byline: Keith Jones

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is the world's leading professional civil engineering institution with around 85,000 members worldwide and more than 4,200 members in Wales, and is ideally placed to take the lead in training and development matters.

It is vital to ensure that our members are well qualified. While training budgets can regrettably be limited when cuts are considered, it is very important to ensure that we are all trained and maintain our professional development.

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It takes a long time to 'grow an engineer' and we must all play our part. We must not only consider our own professional development but support and encourage others with their training.

There are many opportunities available to get professionally qualified. Universities and Colleges are promoting ICE accredited courses. We are very fortunate in Wales to have the leading universities and colleges with civil engineering and construction courses.

Help and assistance is available to all with a network of ICE member support and development staff. We will be delighted to meet you and discuss your training and professional development at suitable venues across Wales.

Grades of membership are: * Student - free for those studying their first academic course, ice.org.uk/student; * Graduate - for those with an accepted qualification and the ideal stepping stone to becoming a professionally qualified engineer; * Technician member - EngTech TMICE - awarded to a wide range of technicians practising in the broad area of civil engineering; * Associate member - AMICE - open to scientific specialists closely allied to civil engineers; * Member - MICE - membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers, practitioners of civil engineering; * Incorporated engineer - IEng MICE - a professional civil engineer with an accredited educational base and subsequent professional development; * Chartered engineer - CEng MICE - a chartered civil engineer, (protected title), a leader and developer of holistic solutions to engineering problems; * Affiliates - for those working in a field associated with civil engineering eg law, finance; * Fellows - FICE - the highest grade of membership, awarded in a significant position of responsibility; * Companion - if you work at the same level as a Fellow, but in a field related to civil engineering rather than in civil engineering itself; * Chartered Environmentalist - CEnv - registration as a chartered environmentalist via ICE is available. …