Ged McHugh (Planning, 11 March, p16) criticises the "bureaucratic jungle" for applicants to join the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
I held a similar view before I mentored licentiates applying for membership. While the process could be improved, I have seen how it can encourage applicants to critically analyse their strengths, weaknesses and professional development.
I encourage Hughes to volunteer as a mentor to see the membership process in action and suggest positive changes.
Stephen Harness, lead planner, Defence Estates