As some of you know I have an involvement with the IET and have been a member for many years.

There is a low visibility in the electrical installation industry of who the IET is and what the IET does. The usual response I get is "you are the people who publish the Wiring Regs" and nothing more.

I am involved with some work in understanding what people would want or know about the IET that would make them want to become a member, and also consider professional registration?

So I need your help please.

What would you like to know about the IET, and what you would want from the IET to make you consider joining? Have you thought about professional registration?

Honest views please and I promise to listen. If you do not want to say on a public forum then email me on info( the symbol for at)

Thanks for your anticipated help.

if you are already a member I would also appreciate your views? 

  • I gave up my (paid) membership around 2 years ago. Far too much cost for little benefit.

    I'm never going to use th elibrary, or use the facilities at Head Office. I don't really want a magazine every month, where many of the  articles are promotions for the IET.

    Why not offer a reduced price membership?

    Limit membership to online use, no magazine, no technical help, no access to H.O., no access to social events For £50, it'd be worth keeping the TMIET tag. Just.

    For £150, no way, too much, and with little benefit.

  • It looks like @alanblaby wants a “Stroma version” of the IET.

  • I also gave up my membership many years ago for similar reasons, plus it (unfortunately) has no real value in the sectors in which I work.

    I did once apply for professional registration, but the process was painful, costly and unsuccessful (my degree from a top UK university wasn't "on the approved" list and my contribution to MISRA C was deemed to be "of purely academic interest"). I have a friend who is interested in professional registration. They received information on an IET course to help with this, but were shocked to find that it would cost them £lots to attend.

    To me, the IET appears to be far too focused on commercial aspects, and that is having a negative impact on membership and the professional aspects of engineering. Note that doesn't mean I think it's all bad - the IET does a lot of excellent stuff, such as the local groups and the Zoom events that they have been running recently (please let them continue).

  • I paid an Associate Membership for several years and went to many IET Local Group meetings and some training sessions, including some run by different groups in other areas.

    However it went through a stage where there didn’t seem to be much happening and the Local Groups lost their mojo, to be honest you can go anyway without paying a membership fee anyway.

    Whilst at the Local Group meetings I discussed applying for Technician Membership, I actually have the City and Guilds Construction Technician Certificates and my lecturer at college was very involved with the Institute of Building and wanted me to apply for TnIOB, but after I left college I never got around to it.

    So all these years later I could possibly have had TIOB andTMIET as post nominals if I had actually got around to doing something about it, but I cannot see what benefits I would have gained.

    Anyway I stopped paying the Associate Membership.

  • Difficult one JP. I cannot see how you could persuade either contractors or their staff to be interested in an organisation that is viewed by most as remote and aloof. There is no significant tangible connection to the contracting industry and no incentive for contractors or their staff to seek a relationship with a body that would offer no return for them.

    The IET would not be a natural home for electrical installation contractors or operatives. I do not believe either would affiliate with the term engineer, nor would they necessarily see any advantage in becoming a member to develop their career. 
    Unfortunately, most individuals don’t have aspirations beyond the NVQ L3 and only do the 2391 and 18th as there is some kind of imperative. I would say the training centres would struggle if they were relying on operatives pursuing such courses on their own volition. 
    Effectively there is a dead end after these basic qualifications are acquired with very few being persuaded to have a go at the 2396. 
    I am all for what you are trying to do JP and I would encourage any of my students to see the joy in learning but I am afraid most are simply not up to it.

  • Former Community Member
    Former Community Member

    Hi JP, I would like to see the IEE reformed, 

  • Former Community Member
    Former Community Member in reply to Former Community Member

    Sorry, reinstated not reformed, the nuts and bolts of electrical installations have not changed since the IEE changed to the IET.

  • Having attended IET Local Group meetings I can say that generally the main activities of IET have very little to do with electrical installation work, but the best attended meetings were the meetings relating to electrical work.

  • I think that lyledunn has summed it up pretty well.

    I don't know enough about IET or what it does to answer the question, but I am grateful that it hosts this forum.

    I seem to be eligible for student membership at £20 per year so the discount on BS 7671 would pay for that. I may well give it a try on the basis that there is nothing to lose.

  • The "old" IET Electrical website is still running, but I cannot imagine any of the users of this forum have visited it since the forum was moved to IET EngX.

    All the IET resources for electricians were on one website, now the forum is remote and there are not any obvious links to download certificates and other resources, they are still there but it is not made clear where they are.

    This doesn't come over as encouraging electrical practitioners to make the most of what the IET has on offer.

    IET Electrical website

    Click the box with the arrow labelled IET Sites in the top right hand corner of the screen.

    Then scroll right to the bottom of the homepage that opens and you will find a menu where you can click "Wiring Regulations"