The Institute of Corrosion has developed a mentoring program to assist its members to achieve their Chartered Status.
For Engineers that are already Professional Members (MICorr) of the Institute, consider that they meet all the competency requirements as detailed in Engineering Council’s UK SPEC www.engc.org.uk/ukspec and wish to apply to be registered, please go to the bottom of this page and download the application form and guidance notes.
For graduate engineers continuing with their Initial Professional Development or experienced engineers wishing to obtain Chartership, ICorr have developed a mentoring scheme to help you ensure that you have the necessary education and experience to meet the competences required for Chartership and provide guidance with competency assessment in the field of corrosion engineering as detailed below.
The process starts with the completion of a Competency Matrix which looks at the candidates’ ability in the four core technical competencies and scopes their ability against each of which is ascribed an expected minimum competency level for each professional level
The competency levels are:
MICorr operating as a minimum at Basic to Skilful
CEng operating as a minimum at Skilful to Masterly
One related soft skills competency and scope against which is ascribed expected minimum evidence of meeting for a given professional level;
Competency No 1 - Corrosion Fundamentals
- The fundamental corrosion aspects of chemical / electrochemical reactions and physical / mechanical interactions (e.g. temperature, pressure, flow, erosion, stress, fatigue loading) and the combination thereof that can occur between engineering materials and working environments.
- The integration of engineering materials and corrosion knowledge and experience to the pros and cons of selecting a given material for an application.
Competency No 2 – Corrosion Mitigation
- Identifying relevant and credible corrosion mechanisms / threats associated with internal and external environments, as appropriate, for specific engineering materials being considered or already in-service; and the affects thereon of design, fabrication, installation, accessibility and operational requirements and constraints.
- The application, alone or in combination, of various mitigation methods – in particular, corrosion inhibitors, coatings and linings, cathodic protection, process control, and / or material selection – to safely and economically control corrosion.
Competency No 3 – Corrosion Monitoring, Inspection & Testing
- Select, apply and interpret results and data from various commonly used field and laboratory corrosion testing, monitoring and inspection techniques, based on an understanding of the pros and cons of the associated technologies for intrusive and non-intrusive application.
- Assess the engineering significance / implications of the results and data from monitoring, inspection and/or testing on short and long-term safe functional (design and/or remaining) life – c.f. fitness-for-service.”
Competency No 4 – Corrosion Engineering Design, Management & Risk Assessment
- Best practice corrosion engineering to front end engineering design and/or in-service operations, including relevant in-house, national and international standards, codes and specifications, and economics.
- Corrosion management strategies / plans and corrosion risk assessments, through both development and execution, from an integrated understanding of materials properties / performance, corrosion mechanisms, failure analysis, monitoring and inspection methods, and corrosion mitigation / control options.
Competency No 5 – Leadership & Soft Skills
- The provision of technical and commercial leadership.
- Effective interpersonal skills.
- A personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment.
- The competency framework is provided as guidance and an aid to meeting the requirements of ICorr professional membership and through which to underpin achieving Chartered Engineer (via the Registration Scheme with the Society of Environmental Engineers). Both professional awards require submission of an individual application satisfactorily meeting all the respective award bodies’ prescribed requirements, supported by suitable references and subject to independent senior peer review and Professional Review Interview for CEng and IEng.
- Fully meeting the competency levels ascribed for each professional level, while perhaps ideal, is not necessarily an absolute requirement. The expectation is in achieving an overall sound and solid balance spanning an individual’s full history of continuous professional development and experience, taking due account of varying constraints and opportunities resulting from the nature of an individual’s employment career to date. Help and guidance here is one of the key roles provided by an individual’s mentor, and essential support to timely meeting the requirements for achieving CEng. The mentor should be an experienced Chartered Engineer in good standing.
- It is strongly recommended that reference is also made to the Engineer Council’s UK standard for professional engineering competence. While not specifically identified in the competency matrix, the latter guidance flags innovation and development of new technologies of equal value in meeting CEng required competence and should be factored in to a CEng application if and where applicable.
- Chartered Status registration for Institute of Corrosion Professional Members can now take place through the Registration Scheme with the Society of Environmental Engineers. This registration will confer the titles of Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Engineering Technician (EngTech) dependent upon the Candidate’s qualifications and experience. Further information on Registration is provided in the ECUK ‘Chartered Engineer and Incorporated Engineer Standard’ and ‘Engineering Technician Standard’ which is available here.
How it works and how to apply
A Candidate, who must be a Professional Member of ICorr (i.e. Tech ICorr, MICorr, or FICorr), may become a joint member of SEE (a special category to facilitate this agreement). For this, the Candidate gets all the membership benefits of SEE. It is not necessary to become a professional member of SEE to apply for ECUK Registration. Alternatively, the candidate may opt to only pay the registration fees.
To become registered, the candidate complete the application form.
The form is then sent to The Membership Secretary, The Institute of Corrosion, Barratt House, Kingsthorpe Road, Northampton, NN2 6EZ.
The applicants Professional Membership status is confirmed and the form is then sent on to SEE where it is vetted for completeness, qualifications etc. If not complete, further information will be requested from the Candidate. Satisfactory applications will be submitted to the next SEE Education and Membership Committee meeting who will review the application and advise the Candidate of the most appropriate Registrant Grade and route for the Candidate.
SEE will then process and assess the Candidate using SEE formal procedures and the Candidate will then be requested to attend the Professional Review Interview.
If the Candidate is successful, he/she will be informed and will then be invoiced by SEE for the Joint Membership Fee and the ECUK one off registration fee and annual registration fee. When received, SEE will add the name of the Candidate to the Register and inform ECUK. Should the application not be successful, the Candidate will be informed.
Further information is available on SEE website, www.environmental.org.uk.
ICorr would welcome any Professional Members who are already registered with ECUK through other societies who would be able and willing to assist with the Professional Review and Interview. Please send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org and your corrosion specialisation if you are able to help as ICorr will need to provide a suitable specialist to assist with the interview as SEE interviewers may not be knowledgeable on specialist corrosion topics.