Engineers will face tougher monitoring of their skills and know-how in a bid to sharpen up professional development of qualified engineers, under the Engineering Council regulations published next week.
The new Standards and Routes to Registration (Sartor) calls for more rigorous monitoring by the institutions of continuing professional development following the framework of standards put in place early last year.
Sartor 97 also confirms the much-trailed move to four year degree courses (or three academic years plus a year in industry or research) leading to Chartered Engineer status.
Courses leading to Incorporated Engineer will take three years.
New entry standards will be brought in gradually. Courses where less than 50% of the September 1999 intake have fewer than 18 Ucas points (three Cs at A-level or equivalent) will have to use the new first year exam to divide the students between Chartered or Incorporated-approved degrees.
This threshold percentage will rise by 10% each year, to a maximum of 80%.
Sartor 97 also includes new occupational standards setting out key engineering skills in different disciplines and new guidelines on compatibility of UK qualifications with those in Europe and in English-speaking overseas markets.