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CABE Head to New Chartered Ground

25 June 2018

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The President’s Reception lunch held at the House of Lords on 18 May not only provided the ideal platform to announce that CABE will become a licensed member of the Engineering Council, it gave us the opportunity to say a fond farewell to my predecessor Dr John Hooper - who we must credit with helping build such a reputable and highly regarded organisation, and one that is in touching distance of the top table. 

Recently, 91% of CABE Chartered Members voted in favour of the Association changing its bylaws to become a fully Licensed Member of the Engineering Council. This membership vote is very timely in light of current events within the built environment and the need for more effective application of regulations and standards. It gives recognition of building engineering as a defined engineering discipline in its own right, both in the UK and internationally.

CABE is the only engineering body to cover the whole 'golden thread' of standards across the regulatory, design, compliance, construction and operational management functions, making us uniquely placed to play a critical role in raising standards to ensure buildings are safer and perform as expected in practice.

At a time when the UK celebrates the Year of Engineering – a Government-led campaign to boost the engineering skills gap – both students and CABE’s academic partners will, for the first time, be able to offer a route to the top tier of engineering qualifications and help secure the next generation of Building Engineers. 

John has played a huge part in growing the CABE membership over the past seven years both nationally and internationally. The CABE is increasing its presence within the field of building engineering in the USA, Middle East, Asia and New Zealand. Full membership of the Engineering Council will further the international recognition and ability of members to demonstrate competence within this globally-minded and internationally recognised association. 

The CABE is uniquely placed to play a significant role in creating a better built environment as it remains interdisciplinary and fundamentally technical in its focus on the built environment. 

I look forward to building on John’s work and raising the profile of the Association, with a view to increasing its influence with industry and Government in order to have an impact on policy and standards. Our members have a unique role in creating better buildings and safer and healthier communities to improve the environment and economy. 

Next Steps

Following the successful vote, the Association will be amending its Royal Charter with the Privy Council and once complete, this will conclude the formal process of joining the Engineering Council.

We will also be updating our standards and procedures to add the new processes that will enable those members who wish to apply for the CEng qualification. Initially, this will be open to those members who already hold Chartered Building Engineer status and, all being well, we should be in a position to start accepting applications in the final quarter of 2018. 

Members seeking CEng will need to complete an application form, a technical report and a professional assessment interview to be successful. We will of course be sending full details of how to apply and what will be entailed in the processes to all members in due course. 

To support this process we are looking for a number of CABE members who already hold CEng with other professional bodies to help out with the initial CEng interview panels and membership committee. If you feel you can help please get in touch with the Membership Team at HQ on membership@cbuilde.com or on 01604 404121.

Furthermore, if you have any questions regarding the Engineering Council Registration, I’d be more than happy to discuss them with you so please feel free to contact me either in the office on 01604 404121 or online via e-mail or on LinkedIn.

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