CK wrote:You should come with me to talk to Graby and O'Flanagan about it... First we will ask them to remove from the register all those who entered the club through the minister's list. Then we will ask them to remove those who have entered through an engineering background... And for the finaly we will propose fairly that all of us, including MRIAI, pass an exam to be listed on the register...
After all why shall MRIAI of my age, who qualified 15 years ago, not be subject to an exam like me? Their qualification does not reflect the skills required to run a practice today.
The problem is that the person that qualified 15 years ago took time out of their lives to get qualified. I sense however that if you have 15 years of experience that you'd not have a problem getting qualified once the route was open through the proper channels. The biggest challenge to the industry has always come from non-architects i.e. engineers, cad-designers etc undercutting costs to get work; te RIAI should ensure that those that have a set number of years of experience and are prepared to go through the qualification process are allowed to and be assessed on the same basis as those that entered the industry by the graduate route.
Its the desire to play by the rules that is most important in my opinion; the public need to have a profession working to a consistent set of rules. The benefits of the larger membership organisations include arranging PI cover in block policies for groups of sole practitioners; an ombudsman scheme etc. The way that the legal profession remove bad solicitors has always ensured that the profession has held the trust of the people in as far as people will ever trust lawyers anywhere!!