Progressing through the Membership Levels

Full Member — Level 1

Minimum CPD Requirements

The CPD Guidelines specify a recommended minimum number of 30 CPD hours to be achieved by members of each grade. Members who want to progress to a higher grade of membership will be required to achieve the recommended minimum above in addition to meeting a number of other criteria relating to qualifications and experience.

Experience

At least one of the following:

  • Employed in a service, install, technical engineering or sales engineering capacity within the refrigeration/air conditioning sector for at least five years (post qualification) in a position of responsibility.
  • Employed in a full time position of responsibility within the refrigeration/air conditioning sector for at least ten years.

Qualifications

At least one of the following:

  • A National Craft Certificate, NVQ Qualification or Level 6 equivalent.
  • A Level 7 Higher Diploma or Degree in a relevant discipline, e.g., Refrigeration, Building Services/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering.
  • A Level 7 Degree — this can be in an unrelated discipline.

Guidelines for graduate engineers

Graduate engineers who have more than five years post qualification experience on the date of application should have refrigeration / AC industry experience such as:

  • Considerable theoretical knowledge combined with practical skills
  • Able to draw up technical specifications for clients and compile tenders/quotations
  • Demonstrate experience at middle management level gained in industry, commerce or education
  • Senior level appointment within the organisation, e.g., project, sales, production, plant engineer, lecturer, manager.

Full Member — Level 2

Minimum CPD requirements:

The CPD Guidelines specify a recommended minimum number of 30 CPD hours to be achieved by members of each grade. Members who want to progress to a higher grade of membership will be required to achieve the recommended minimum above in addition to meeting a number of other criteria relating to qualifications and experience.

Experience

At least one of the following:

  • Employed in a service, install, technical engineering or sales engineering capacity within the refrigeration/air conditioning sector for at least ten years (post qualification) in the position of responsibility.
  • Employed in be full time position of responsibility within the refrigeration/air conditioning sector for at least fifteen years.

Qualifications

At least one of the following:

  • A National Craft Certificate/NVQ Qualification/equivalent.
  • A Level 7 Degree in a relevant discipline, e.g., Refrigeration, Building Services/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering.
  • A Level 8 Degree — this can be in an unrelated discipline.

Guidelines for graduate engineers

Graduate engineers who have more than ten years post qualification experience on the date of application should have refrigeration / AC industry experience such as:

  • Considerable theoretical knowledge combined with practical skills.
  • Able to draw up technical specifications for clients and compile tenders/quotations.
  • Demonstrate experience at upper management level gained in industry, commerce or education.
  • Senior level appointment within the organisation, e.g., Project, sales, production, plant engineer, lecturer, higher-level manager.

In addition, one Technical Document must be written and submitted by the applicant.

Fellow

Minimum CPD requirements:

The CPD Guidelines specify a recommended minimum number of 30 CPD hours to be achieved by members of each grade. Members who want to progress to a higher grade of membership will be required to achieve the recommended minimum above in addition to meeting a number of other criteria relating to qualifications and experience.

Experience

A fellow will have made a significant contribution to the industry over the last twenty years.

Qualifications

At least one of the following:

  • A Level 7 Degree in a relevant discipline, e.g., Refrigeration, Building Services/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering.
  • A Level 8 Degree — this can be in an unrelated discipline.

The minimum qualifying experience may be reduced for individual members that have attained relevant Postgraduate Qualifications.

Guidelines for graduate engineers

Graduate engineers who have more than twenty years post qualification experience on the date of application should have refrigeration / AC industry experience such as:

  • Considerable theoretical knowledge combined with practical skills.
  • Able to draw up technical specifications for clients and compile tenders/quotations.
  • Demonstrate experience at upper management level gained in industry, commerce or education.
  • Senior level appointment within the organisation, e.g., project, sales, production, plant engineer, lecturer, higher-level manager.

In addition, two Technical Documents must be written and submitted by the applicant.