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Article by Ainslie Just CEng FIChemE

Ainslie Just provides an update on IChemE’s Programme SMART

A YEAR ago, I wrote an article on behalf of IChemE volunteers who are steering Programme SMART, which is a series of projects designed to deliver sustainable membership growth. Since then, we have been developing and piloting processes and working with IT developers to turn these plans into reality. These changes are about to be rolled out, and so it’s timely that I provide a recap and update, for the benefit of anyone considering making an application to join IChemE, or transferring from one grade to another. 

As we prepare to roll out our new membership application system, which will replace MARS, there are some immediate impacts:

  • We are no longer in a position to accept applications for Chartered/Professional Process Safety Engineer that require a Technical Report – instead, these candidates will now need to await the launch of the Individual Case Procedure (see p52, issue 946), which will provide a more transparent and accessible route for those without an accredited chemical engineering degree.
  • All other candidates may continue to apply in our current system and format until 26 February. Between 26 February and 1 April, we will not accept membership applications.

As we approach 1 April, additional forms and guidance materials will be published on our website, and we ask that you continue to check in on progress on a regular basis. The most important change to note is that for professionally qualified grades, we will be moving to a three-stage process. Please note that stages 1 and 2 may be carried out simultaneously, but must have been fully completed before stage 3 can be commenced.

Article by Ainslie Just CEng FIChemE

Vice President Qualifications, Chair of the Qualifications Committee and Steering Group for Programme SMART, and a Trustee of IChemE

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