Registration of Ground Engineering Professionals—A European Perspective
Registration of professionals involved in ground engineering including the disciplines of soil mechanics, rock mechanics, geo-environmental science and engineering geology has slowly evolved over the past decade. The paper discusses the history and current status of national registration systems in Europe and provides commentary on the need for and advantages of such systems. The variation in attitudes and legal implications for national registration within Europe is large and some discussion contrasting the various systems, traditions and experience to date is presented. The potential advantages to be gained from ultimately gaining adoption of a “common platform” as a legal definition consistent with the European Directive 2005/36/EC on Recognition of Professional Qualifications are outlined. Lastly, the anticipated development of an Informative Annex to the revised Eurocode EN 1997 (expected to be formally adopted in 2022) is described, which defines the term “appropriately qualified and experienced personnel” cited in the code by means of national registration. Member countries of CEN may each choose to adopt or ignore the Informative Annex.
KeywordsProfessional Registration Competencies Common platform Eurocode 7
The authors would like to acknowledge the Chairman of CEN TC250 SC7 for kind permission to publish the data contained within this Paper. The views expressed in this paper are the sole views of the authors and do not represent the views of the organizations named above, Geotechnical Society of Ireland, Roughan & O’Donovan, Technical University of Munich, German Geotechnical Society, Swedish Geotechnical Society, Geoverkstan or Imperial College, London.
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