Individual Case Procedure
Currently, candidates with a full set of accredited qualifications are exempt from further qualification related requirements. Those without were required to submit a 5,000 word technical report so that their knowledge and understanding could be assessed. This approach did not allow us to recognise qualifications that are not covered by IChemE’s accreditation framework, or for experience as a practising chemical engineer.
To address this IChemE are launching an Individual Case Procedure (ICP). ICP is intended to be a more welcoming and flexible replacement to the previous Technical Report route which has now closed. The new ICP process will be available for those without accredited qualifications from April 2021.
The first stage of ICP will be the submission of a Technical Biography (TB). The candidate will provide summary information on academic qualifications, evidence of work-based learning and transcripts of qualifications, all to demonstrate how specified learning outcomes have been met. Should the ICP reviewers determine a candidate’s submission demonstrates the standard required for Chartered membership the candidate will be able to progress their application.
Alternatively, the reviewers may request further information to complete their assessment. If this is case the candidate will be asked to complete a Technical Report Questionnaire (TRQ) which will ask for further evidence against specific gaps identified in the TB. The TRQ addressing these gaps will enable the candidate to progress their application.
However, should the reviewers find from the TRQ that the requirements are not met, then the candidate may be asked to undertake further learning or experience to address specific gaps and return to the process once this has been completed.
Further information will be provided as this is developed but, in the meantime, prospective candidates should keep records of any further learning either on the job or formal courses that you undertake.