Initial registration of a
trainee onto the scheme requires that:
Trainee's Engineering 'Higher Diploma'
(or equivalent) being recognized by the HKIE.
Trainee must be a Graduate Member of the
HKIE with qualifications which meet the academic requirements for
an Associate Member of the HKIE in a discipline.
Trainee being proposed by
his or her company for registration onto the scheme in an engineering
'discipline' which is the same as his or her original qualifying
academic award or if different, is acceptable to the HKIE.
Company to complete and submit "Employer's Registration
of Trainees" Form TA2
The HKIE checks:-
Graduate is at the correct
level of the HKIE Membership.
Graduate's Higher Diploma
is recognized by the HKIE as an accepted academic award.
Higher Diploma subject and
engineering discipline applied for, match. Expert opinion will be
sought if there is a mismatch not previously considered and decided
The Trainee is then registered
and the Company and Trainee informed.
There is a HKIE fee for each
The full fee is paid by the
company on first registration.
If for good reasons a change
of company is approved the 2nd company is required to pay the full
In cases where the Higher
Diploma subject and the requested engineering discipline of the
scheme do not match:
There may already be the HKIE approval
for the mis-match in which case the application will be approved
without further action.
When no precedent exists the request will
be considered, on a 'case-by-case' basis, by the appropriate Training
Review Sub-Committee Experts.
Note - if in doubt before
making an application contact the HKIE Training & Development Section.
Backdating of Training Start Date
Normally the training start date for trainee
registration will be that proposed by the company as shown on the Form
TA2 "Employer's Registration of Trainee". It is expected that this proposed
Start Date is the date when the formal training was commenced. However,
the Training Start Date cannot be backdated for more than 6 months from
the date of registration.
The training scheme is based
on trainees meeting objectives and not on a 'time-served' approach.
However the training periods are nominally set as the time it will
normally take for a trainee to meet all of the training objectives.
These periods are 2 years for all disciplines.
The nominal period could be
shortened at the start of the training if an Exemption is approved
for previous training / work experience.
Change of Discipline
It is the HKIE policy that once registered on the training
scheme the route to Associate Membership is in the discipline for which
the trainee is registered. Only with good reasons would a trainee be allowed
to change the engineering discipline of the scheme.
Change of Company
Resignations during the training are discouraged by the HKIE and change
of company is not normally approved unless good reasons exist and with
approval from the HKIE.
Related to this policy the training scheme is
designed to help promote the development of the engineering trainees.
As a part of that development it is to be expected that trainees will
learn to act professionally and they should think very carefully before
agreeing to undertake the training offered by a company.
It is in a company's
interest to make this HKIE policy clear to potential trainees at the time
of making an offer of employing them on the training scheme.
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