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The IIE has had its licence for registering chartered engineers confirmed following its recent five-yearly review by EC(UK).

Originally, IIE members that made the transition to CEng registration were required to register via another institution. Last year the institution was awarded additional licenses to register chartered engineers. These, alongside the licences for registering engineering technicians and incorporated engineers, have now been confirmed, meaning the institution can now offer a full one-stop service to all its members.

“We are delighted to have passed the review with flying colours,” said chief executive, Peter Wason. “IIE will remain the champion of the applications engineer and the technician in addition to being able to provide value for money in supporting members’ career development aspirations across all categories of registration.”

The IIE’s council is now considering the way ahead for the organisation in the wake of the suspension of talks between itself, the IEE and ImechE.

While the council hopes efforts to further the “substantial progress” made between the institutions can continue – possibly to the extent of returning to the negotiation table – it recognises the need to plan the institution as a continuing separate entity.

The council concluded that there should be no fundamental changes in its strategy; it is appropriate to examine in detail how IIE can maximise efficiency in delivering value to members. Under a ‘work smarter’ remit, Wason and his staff will carry out a root-and-branch review of operations seeking to automate routine tasks further to free up staff time. In addition, IIE will focus on strengthening partnerships with employers and academics to encourage increases in membership.

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