Libby Steele

Report
Professional registration and
continuing professional development
(CPD) for chemical engineers
Libby Steele FRSC AFIChemE
Head of Educational Affairs and
CPD, IChemE
IChemE: introduction
 International membership organisation for engineering professionals
in the chemical, process, biochemical and energy sectors
• Around 37,000 members in ~120 countries
• Staff in UK, Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand
 90 years experience: half a century of steady growth and influence
 Publishers of tce, the profession’s ‘house magazine’ and first port of
call for chemical engineering recruitment advertising
 Qualifying body for professional chemical engineers internationally:
 Chartered Chemical Engineer - the benchmark international standard
 Accredited degree courses worldwide
 Accredited company training schemes (ACTS)
“Advance the science and applications of
chemical engineering…”
1. Build and sustain an active international professional community,
united by a commitment to qualifications and standards that foster
excellence and the delivery of benefits to society
2. Engage with others to promote the development, understanding and
use of chemical engineering and the appreciation of its importance
3. Provide support and services to individuals, employers and others
who further the practice and application of chemical engineering.
4. Enable chemical engineers to interact and communicate with each
other and with other disciplines
Keeping the talent pipeline flowing…
Under 15
Supporting
national STEM
Initiatives
whynotchemeng
15-18
Promoting
chemical
engineering as
the degree
choice
whynotchemeng
Undergraduate
Supporting
undergraduates
IChemE Student
activities
IChemE
OnCampus
Career
Development
Accredited
Company
Training
Professional
Development
Progression to
Fellowship
Get
Chartered
Conferences, training,
publications, technical networks,
media and communication
support, industry engagement,
national and regional groups
Attracting the next generation
• whynotchemeng – campaign to address shortfall in chemical
engineering students in UK
• Ten year period – applications up 167%, intake 125%
• Applications for 2013 up 26%
• New departments / programmes launched and others greatly
enlarged (Hull, LJMU, Westminster)
• Wide international interest
• Next step – persuading graduates to stay in the sector
• IChemE OnCampus – linkage with universities, raising the profile
of the profession and of process industry employers
• Range of collaborations across the STEM community
internationally – with scope for more
Attracting the next generation
UCAS applications to chemical engineering
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Our membership structure supports
engineers’ professional advancement
FIChemE
Sustained contribution and considerable achievements within
their field of expertise. Important & responsible position in
chemical engineering for typically >5 years.
MIChemE
Internationally recognised benchmark of competence. Typically >4
years experience in a responsible position within chemical
engineering. Members are educated to an internationally
recognised standard.
AMIChemE
Generally young professionals working in chemical engineering or
a closely related field
Affiliate Member
Interested in chemical, biochemical or process engineering
wishing to benefit from IChemE membership and become part of
our global community
Professional development
• Appraising and accrediting graduate training in ~ 50 companies
worldwide
• Promoting professional engineering registration at technician,
Incorporated and Chartered levels RSciTech/EngTech, RSci/IEng,
CSci/CEng
• Record of steady growth in registrant numbers, bucking the trend
• Supporting CPD (online recording for CPD imminent)
• Recognising excellence through awards and prizes
• Providing opportunities to network and communicate
• Offering training programmes and event participation – physical
and online
Support for skills development
• Support and mentoring for engineers, from recent graduates
through to senior professionals
• Accreditation of Company Training Schemes (ACTS)
• Recognising firms that follow good practice as IChemE Corporate
Partners – giving advantage in recruitment and retention
• Training and CPD programmes, both in-company and open access
• Conversion programmes for chemists and others
• Advising companies on developing and utilising process
engineering expertise
• External linkage:
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Working with universities
Special Interest Groups (22) - bringing together industry, academia etc
Regional branches and member groups
Conference and event programmes
Developing an IChemE Professional Learning
Community (PLC)
 bring under one ‘umbrella’ the offerings of the
IChemE to enable the profession to have access
to the best-in-class professional support
IChemE – a global, gold standard,
Professional Learning Community
Professional Process Safety Engineer
• New qualification designed for engineers with specialist
competence in process safety
• Similar rigour and assessment process to Chartered
Engineer
• One press release and tce article only, yet:
• Approaching 250 expressions of interest
• Truly global response
• Offers of support for volunteering and/or ‘guinea pig’ trial
• Scale, spread and quality of response suggests major scope
to expand professional engineering registration
The profession’s response

‘Very excited to learn about new professional registration for senior
process safety practitioners’ Safety Engineer - Chevron UK
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‘I would very much like to add this certification…process safety comes
first’ Global Risk Lead - Syngenta USA

‘I saw the news release of Process Safety accreditation with IChemE and
am thrilled hearing this news’ Senior Process Safety Engineer - ConocoPhillips
Australia

‘I would like to express gratitude to IChemE for developing the
qualification’ Process Safety Engineer - BP Azerbaijan

‘I run a team of 8 engineers and will be encouraging all to apply’ Manager
Risk & Safety - Willis Ltd UK

‘Several colleagues are keen to pursue this, as their work in Safety
Engineering has not allowed them to qualify as CEng in their original
disciplines’ MD -Vanguard Solutions Australia
Advocacy and engagement
• Investment in engineering – e.g. university funding
• International mobility and migration
• For industry
• For academic institutions and researchers
• Consultation and representation on policy issues
• Seeking to build common cause internationally and across the
engineering community
• ‘Forward look’ for the profession – Chemical Engineering Matters
Paths to membership
• Anyone can join IChemE immediately as an Affiliate member at
www.icheme.org and gain member benefits
• Our principle is to encourage membership into the highest grade of
membership based upon assessment against criteria (e.g. graduate
chemical engineers should join as Associate members)
• Technician Member status provides EngTech / RSciTech registration
• Individuals attain Chartered Chemical Engineer status after
successful peer review and subsequent election to Chartered
Member grade. See www.getchartered.com
• Senior Chartered Chemical Engineer professionals with significant
responsibility can be elected to Fellow with support of referees.
• The new Associate Fellow grade recognises senior professionals in
other disciplines who are linked to chemical engineering and the
process industries
Contact us at:

Davis Building
Railway Terrace
Rugby CV21 3HQ, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1788 578214
Fax: +44 (0)1788 560833
Email: [email protected]
Support
www.icheme.org
www.getchartered.org
www.tcetoday.com
www.ichemeoncampus.org
www.whynotchemeng.com

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