Qualification move backed

A qualification that would give transport planners their own professional recognition for the first time was officially endorsed by the government this week.

Launched by the Institution of Highway and Transportation (IHT) and the Transport Planning Society (TPS), the qualification will have a similar entry requirement and status to that of a chartered engineer (Planning, 4 January, p3).

Transport minister Jim Fitzpatrick said: "This qualification will recognise the professional competence of those working in this field. It will help attract recruits and encourage them to remain in the profession."

IHT president Mike Slinn said: "We provide a chartered engineer qualification for highways and transport engineers. But about 40 per cent consider themselves to be transport planners."

The qualification is based on the national occupational standards for transport planning developed by GoSkills and TPS. Candidates will need at least two years' experience before they can apply.

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