Welcome to ISCE

ISCE Membership regulations

 

MEMBERSHIP REGULATIONS
AND APPLICATION GUIDANCE NOTES

 

The Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers Ltd (ISCE) is the specialist professional body within the sound and communications industry. We exist for those working in the public address, voice alarm, sound system, audio frequency induction loop system, audio-video, intercoms, acoustics, or any other such sector within the industry. ISCE members operate to high professional and ethical standards, as trained, qualified and experienced practitioners.

Membership of our Institute is therefore an endorsement of your technical excellence.

 

Applications for Membership

It is really straightforward to apply to become a Member of the ISCE. Application forms are available to download from our website, along with the Institute’s Code of Conduct, which all Members are required to adhere to.

The Membership committee requires sight of your qualifications and any other supporting information to assess your eligibility.  Supporting information should be sent, together with your application form by email to info@isce.org.uk.  This will enable us to administrate your application smoothly. Unlike other bodies, ISCE does not make any charge for considering applications.  Based on all information received, the Membership Committee will report and make recommendations to the ISCE Council. It is the Council that ultimately grant Membership and designations and the Council’s decision is final.

 

What is the Membership Committee considering?

The information that you supply with your application form is used to assess your eligible grade and we try to award the best grade possible. So, please send as much supporting information as you can, including proof of any relevant qualifications, training and achievements.  This should include any personal involvement in your company’s projects, rather than a simple list.  The ISCE is a learned body for practitioners and so we value the experience and learning that is acquired while carrying out actual work.

 

Grades of membership

 

Student

Applicants shall satisfy the Council of the Institute that they are receiving appropriate full-time training and/or preparation for employment (such as an apprenticeship scheme).  This should be within the sound and communications or allied industries, and with the aim of gaining Technician, Senior Technician or Member status. Students may retain their Student membership for a maximum of 6 years, until such time as they qualify for another grade of membership, or cease to be students on a recognised course.

Membership in this category does not entitle the holder to use designatory letters

Notes:

  1. Employment, vacation training and industrial placement in the sound and communications industry, before or during a student’s study course, will be considered towards the qualifying period of employment for transfer to another grade of membership. Full details of the employment duties and/or the training course content, and duration, shall be supplied, with confirmation by the employer or training course tutor. Students are advised to obtain these details in writing at the end of the period in question, as they may be difficult to obtain later.

 

Graduate – GradInstSCE

Applicants shall hold a degree (a Bachelor’s degree equivalent or higher) in a technical subject and be seeking employment within the industry. Graduates may upgrade to full Member on application after gaining the requisite 3 years industry experience.

Membership in this category entitles the holder to use the designatory letters GradInstSCE.

 

Associate – AInstSCE

A grade of membership designed for persons with an interest in, but not actively employed in a technical role.

Membership in this category entitles the holder to use the designatory letters AInstSCE.
 

 

Technician – TechInstSCE

Applicants should hold, or be able to demonstrate, a standard of general education and technical competence (generally to NQF Level 3), or industry training which satisfies the Council of the Institute, and have been employed in the industry for not less than one year.

Membership in this category entitles the holder to use the designatory letters TechInstSCE.

Notes:

  1. Examples of suitable qualifications include: 5 good GCSEs, BTEC Level 3 Diploma, good AS Levels, A Levels or an NVQ Level 3
  2. Examples of suitable technical knowledge are an understanding of the behaviour of sound / installation and/or manufacturing techniques, perhaps by outlining a recent project.

 

Senior Technician – SenTechInstSCE

Applicants should hold, or be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Council, a high level of technical expertise within their appropriate technical subject, experience within the industry, or be employed in a supervisory position within an established organisation.

Membership in this category entitles the holder to use the designatory letters SenTechInstSCE.

Applicants shall either :-

  1. hold a standard of general education and technical competence to NQF Level 4 (NVQ Level 4 or BTEC Professional), or Level 5 (HNC / HND), or equivalent, in an appropriate technical subject recognised by the Council of the Institute, or be able to demonstrate to, and satisfy the Council of the Institute that they have an equivalent level of knowledge and understanding of their appropriate technical subject / expertise and have at least three years experience within the industry.
    or
  2. shall satisfy the Council of the Institute that they have an equivalent knowledge and understanding which shall be assessed via the upgrade interview process.

Notes:

  1. Examples of suitable qualifications include: some lower degree courses, HNC/HND, BTEC Level 4 or 5 Professional, or NVQ Level 4 or 5
  2. Examples of suitable technical knowledge are a good knowledge of the behaviour of sound / building acoustics / installation and/or manufacturing techniques, showing an understanding of the technical aspects, perhaps by outlining a recent project..
  3. Supervisory positions would include Team Supervision , Project Supervision etc.

 

Member – MInstSCE

This is the senior category of membership for those candidates who have suitable qualifications and experience, hold a responsible position, and apply extensive technical, but not necessarily academic, knowledge within the industry.

Membership in this category entitles the holder to use the designatory letters MInstSCE.

Applicants shall either :-

  1. hold a degree (a Bachelor’s degree equivalent or higher), in an appropriate technical subject recognised by the Council of the Institute and have at least three years experience within the industry and be continuing to practice.
    or
  2. hold a lower degree or HND / HNC or NQF Level 5 qualification, or suitable equivalent qualification, in an appropriate technical subject recognised by the Council of the Institute and have at least five years experience within the industry and be continuing to practice.
    or
  3. shall satisfy the Council of the Institute that they have an equivalent knowledge and understanding which shall be assessed via the upgrade interview process.

Notes:

  1. There are now many Universities, offering an enormous range of subjects with technical connotations within the title – some with a high degree of technical basis, some with very little. Suitable degree subjects would include audio engineering, acoustics, electro-acoustics, audio-visual, electronics, physics or electrical engineering (preferably with electronics or electro-acoustics option), information technology with audio or acoustics module, some music technology courses with a high technical content. Other courses will be evaluated on technical merit.
  2. Examples of technical knowledge which is not necessarily academic, are an extensive knowledge of the behaviour of sound / building acoustics / installation and/or manufacturing techniques, showing a good understanding of the technical aspects.

 

Affiliate Member – AMInstSCE

The senior category of membership for those who, while not being qualified either academically or by extended technical experience, or those not substantially applying technical knowledge in their current position, are deemed by the Council of the Institute to have made or be making a significant contribution to the industry. They shall normally have been employed at senior level in the industry, to the satisfaction of Council, for not less than five years.

Membership in this category entitles the holder to use the designatory letters AMInstSCE.

 

Notes:

  1. The category of Affiliate Member exists specifically to recognise the contribution to the industry made by those whose work is substantially non-technical. It is therefore the appropriate category for Managing Directors, Directors and senior managers in financial, marketing or sales functions, managers of technical functions whose role is predominantly administrative rather than technical, and other senior non-technical persons.


Awarded Grades

 

Fellow – FInstSCE

A person of technical eminence in the field and is awarded entirely on outstanding contribution to the Institute or to the sound and communications industry, as determined by Council.

Membership in this category entitles the holder to use the designatory letters FInstSCE.

 

Companion – CompInstSCE

A person of honour and respect in the field, and is awarded entirely on outstanding contribution to the Institute or to the Sound and Communications industry, as determined by Council.

Membership in this category entitles the holder to use the designatory letters CompInstSCE.

 

Honorary awards

From time to time, Council will award honorary grades where it is appropriate.

 

Membership Upgrade Paths

 

Routes to upgrade

Members in the grade of Affiliate Member, Associate, Senior Technician or Technician Grades are strongly encouraged to upgrade when their qualifications and/or experience is appropriate. There are three routes:

  1. Additional Qualification or Experience
    Members should notify the Secretariat as soon as they gain additional qualifications and/or experience, which may permit the award of a higher membership grade.
  2. Submission of a Technical Report
    A Technical Report, which must be the candidate’s own work (except for styling), may consist of pages from a project or web site, submitted as a PDF or other file, with a declaration from the applicant that it is their own work. Further notes are given in our technical upgrade guides which can be found on our website in the Members’ Only area “Upgrade your membership”.
  3. Interview
    Private but informal Interviews can be arranged at many ISCE Events, and applicants are asked to advise their area of expertise in advance. Three Council or distinguished members with expertise in the applicants’ field will    interview the candidate to ascertain their level of knowledge & competence.


Subscriptions

 

The rate of annual subscription for each category of membership, is determined by the Council of the Institute and must be remitted by the specified date, ie, 30 days from the date of the invoice, in order for membership to continue.  The membership year runs from 1 April until 31 March.  New applications received from the first day of April until 1 September shall pay the annual subscription for that year.  New applications received from 1 September to 31 March, shall be charged a pro rata fee for the remaining subscription year.

Persons transferred from one grade to a higher grade shall pay the new subscription fee at the next subscription year.

In justified cases, the Council may occasionally waive the payment of subscriptions of a member of any grade temporarily. Such decisions shall be assessed on an individual basis and recorded in the member’s record file.