Despite global challenges currently, we are still able to process new members and registrants and we are functioning as a remote organisation, for the most part.
Membership application assessment panels have seen continuing record numbers in applications being reviewed so far in 2020. On average, 60 per cent of the applications received are now submitted using our online application platform with the average number of applications processed in assessment periods so far this year at 200.
Although we have had our hand forced concerning the speed at which we have needed to modernise to allow remote reviewing to take place, it has meant that we remain able to offer the services that our member base have become accustomed to.
IFE memberships fees were due by 1st January 2020 and memberships will be suspended on March 31st if fees are not paid.
For members who remit membership fees directly to IFE International Headquarters in the UK and are not already paying by Direct Debit, you can pay your fees from your MyIFE portal account at www.ife.org.uk/myifeportal.
International Branch Members
For members of an IFE international branch please contact your local branch to make payment for your membership fees. Branch contact details can be located on our website at www.ife.org.uk/branches.
The MyIFE Portal allows all members to update contact details, set mailing preferences and opt-in, or out of the IFE Member and Engineering Council Registrant Directory. You can also view archived copies of the International Professional Journal online.
If you haven’t activated your MyIFE portal account and would like a copy of your unique URL, please contact us at email@example.com or +44 (0) 1789 261 463. The unique URL can only be used once and after activation you can access the MyIFE portal at any time via the main IFE website.
As ever the team have been busy and are pleased that the Board and International General Assembly (IGA) have approved the IFE’s new strategic plan and Programme for Change.
This heralds a new era for the IFE as we commence work on many new projects and initiatives to take us forward into a period of growth and stability.
Team members were pleased to have the opportunity to meet Board and IGA members as part of the recent IGA meetings which took place on 10th February in Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as spend more time with the Board Chair Grant Lupton AFSM BGS CFIFireE CPMgr FAIM and International President Bruce Varner CFIFireE who had both flown over for meetings throughout the week.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding during the last week while the MyIFE portal was being updated. After months of development, configuration and testing we can finally say welcome to our membership online applications portal option. We’re delighted to say that the cutover went well and OMAP is now up and running! A more user friendly journey and environmentally friendly way of applying for your membership now exists with the online application process.
Applying online is not just for new members (remember to tell your friends and colleagues) either, with regrades now also available to do online for all current members. With the launch of OMAP we will be phasing out paper applications for all UK based applicants and international members who have or wish to have a direct relationship with the IFE. Don’t worry if you are in the middle of a paper application as we will continue to accept these for a short period of time. International applicants should apply through their local branch as there is no change to the way your international branch submission process currently operates and you can receive the additional benefits and personalised service that they offer.
If you’re not planning on regrading, don’t worry, there’s still plenty for you to get excited about on the new portal. You can still do all of the things you have previously enjoyed plus more – pay for your subscriptions online, check your membership, read the latest IFP, get involved in consultations or join one of our SIGs and all with the style and grace of our new design. The layout, look and feel now makes it easier than ever to navigate and the power is in your hands when it comes to what you receive too. So, if you’re not receiving your IFP, or you want to hear more about what the IFE are doing, you can let us know through the ‘My preferences’ area.
We’re so pleased with OMAP and we hope that you enjoy it too. Whether you are a member, know someone who wants to be, or are looking to upgrade your membership, it really is easier than ever to get it done. Head on over and take a look.
What a year for the Membership and Registration team at IFE House! In terms of new membership numbers and increased numbers of registrants (for both the Fire Risk Register of Assessors and the Engineering Council Register) we have surpassed all expectations. So, a HUGE thank you to all the dedicated volunteers and staff involved in all the processes.
Which brings me neatly on to mention Patrick Hamblin CbuildE FCABE IEng CFIFireE. Patrick has decided to step down from his volunteering role and fully retire after a dedicated and long career in the fire sector which started over 50 years ago. We all owe Patrick a massive debt of gratitude for his service to the IFE, particularly for the Fire Risk Register of Assessors. Patrick has served on the IFE’s Fire Risk Register of Assessor Panel, and as a volunteer reviewer and interviewer for many years. He has been instrumental in training up new volunteers, being involved in various standards committees, and representing IFE in many different organisations.
We are progressing towards the completion and delivery of our new online membership applications, and the speed of the project has started picking up!
We have now begun extensive testing, focusing on the design, content and functionality of the project. Alongside this, there is testing taking place for Student, Technician, Graduate and Associate member grades and for Affiliate Individuals.
Work is still being carried out on regrades and resubmissions, and is expected to be completed shortly before also entering the testing stage.
We would like to thank the volunteers who have helped with the wider group testing for the MIFireE grade applications. Your help was essential to getting through this stage of the project.
Work will continue picking up pace as we move onto further phases of OMAP, with the aim to release all phases together later this year.
Keep an eye on our social media, the E-Newsletter and the IFP for further updates on the project progress and release.
Thank you to all IFE members and volunteers for your support and dedication throughout 2019.
Membership provides instant recognition of professional status in all corners of the globe. In addition, a range of member benefits and CPD are on offer and are designed to meet the needs of fire professionals today and in the future.
All membership fees are due on 1st January 2020. To remain in membership and avoid interruptions to your membership benefits, please pay your fees without delay. Ways to pay are as follows…