2019 membership renewals

Your membership renewal invitation will be sent by email in November 2018. Membership fees are due on or before 1 January 2019.

Here are 3 great reasons to renew:

  • Keep your post nominals; endorsement of your professional recognition
  • Stay up-to-date; access to free or discounted CPD and training courses
  • Links to local branches and Special Interest Groups providing worldwide networking opportunities

Membership benefits will be interrupted and your details will be removed from the IFE Member and Engineering Council Registrant Directory without prompt payment. Information on ways to pay are detailed below.

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Online Membership Application Project update

Further progress has been made on the Online Membership Application Project (OMAP) since the IFE’s last update.

The team are now eagerly awaiting the proof of concept which will broadly demonstrate the system’s capabilities within the context of the IFE’s application process for MIFireE. This proof of concept will then endure a thorough testing process and review for comments before development of the refined application process.

In addition, the user journeys for the remaining membership grades are currently being mapped out to ensure the process is as accessible as possible for both prospective and existing members.

Further updates will be issued in the e-news and IFP journal to keep members updated on the progress of this project.

Online Membership Application Project update

Progress has been made on the Online Membership Applications Project (OMAP) over the summer with the team appointing a supplier and now nearing completion of the discovery stage of the plan.

The project went out to tender and a number of proposals were received before the IFE appointed specialists E and H Consulting Ltd who will work closely with the IFE’s current CRM supplier Silverbear to ensure all deliverables are achieved.

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Members are invited to take part in the latest consultations

Two new consultations have been uploaded onto the IFE members only area on the MyIFE portal and members are invited to take part.

The first follows the UK Secretary of State’s launch of a consultation on banning the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings. We are inviting members to take part in this consultation before the IFE compiles an official response. All responses need to be submitted by 3rd August 2018.

The second concerns the Smoke Control Association who have issued a third edition of its Guidance for Smoke Control in Common Escape Routes in Apartment Buildings. Members are invited to comment on the draft by using a commenting template available for download. All comments must be sent ahead of the deadline of 24th July 2018.

Members can view the consultations and take part by logging into their MyIFE portal and visiting the Fire Research Report and Consultations page.

Changes are underway for IFE membership applications

Following the launch of the new IFE members’ portal at the end of 2017, phase two work has now started with the launch of the Online Membership Applications Project (OMAP).

Linda Johnstone, IFE Membership and Registration Co-ordinator, will lead the project to digitise the application process for IFE memberships. Initially the project will move Technician, Graduate, Associate, Member, Fellow and Full Time Education Student applications online along with the current Affiliate Individual and Student. Two Engineering Council interim registrations will also be included in the project, specifically Interim Incorporated Engineer and Interim Incorporated Chartered Engineer, with the remaining Registration sections to be included in future phased improvement projects.

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New membership changes to be aware of

A number of changes to membership requirements, applications and pricing have been implemented.

GDPR:

Following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) at the end of May, all application forms have been updated to reflect this change in data protection. Please use the new forms for all types of applications which are available on the IFE website.

Criteria for membership grades:

The criteria for membership grades has also been reviewed with changes now live that affect new applications and upgrades. This includes:

TIFireE – guidance stipulates that evidence of 25 hours of CPD over 12 months should be provided. There is no longer the need for an IPD report or references as part of the application process

AIFireE – the request for references has been removed as part of the application process

MIFireE – the request for references has been removed as part of the application process

Please note, upgrades from AIFireE to MIFireE no longer need to resubmit academic qualifications as the academic criteria for that level will have already been met.

Further information about the requirements for the individual grades is available on the IFE’s website.

Pricing

With effect from 1 June, new pricing structures are in place. Application fees and interview fees in particular are affected. All new prices are now live on the IFE’s website. If you are thinking about applying for the IFE’s Fire Risk Register of Assessors or Auditors, or any section of the Engineering Council register, please make sure you are aware of new fees.

Reinstating your membership – new policy

With effect from 1 June, a new membership reinstatement policy is in operation. All requests for membership reinstatement will need to be accompanied by a current CV and evidence of the past 12 months’ CPD, together with a reinstatement fee. This will then be submitted to the Membership Applications Assessment Panel for peer review and decision on reinstatement. The Panel meet approximately every 6 weeks. Decisions on reinstatement will be emailed shortly after the Panel meet with a request for the membership fee at the current rate. Reinstatement of membership will be complete upon receipt of payment of full membership fee by IFE Head Office.

Further information about the IFE’s reinstatement policy can be found on the FAQ section of the IFE website.

 

Renew your IFE membership now before it is suspended

Membership fees are due on 1 January 2018; unpaid memberships will be suspended on 31 March 2018.

If you haven’t yet paid your membership fees we hope this is an oversight. To remain in membership and retain your membership benefits please forward full payment before 31 March 2018. After this date your membership benefits will cease; you will no longer be eligible to use your IFE post nominals and you will be excluded from the IFE Member and Engineering Council Registrant Directory; you will only have limited access to the new MyIFE portal and you will no longer receive this e-newsletter or the quarterly International Fire Professional journal.

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