Important update on the Pre-Warrant Qualifications Course – MCAST graduates to complete ASIIN-reviewed bridging course prior to eligibility for Warrant
- Posted by: Chamber of Engineers
- Category: Press Releases
The Chamber of Engineers (CoE) has been engaged in extensive discussions with ASIIN – the German quality assurance consultants appointed by the Engineering Profession Board following a tendering procedure which the CoE assessed prior to publication.
The consultants were appointed to determine a bridging course of sufficient quality for MCAST students to fulfil prior to being eligible for the engineering profession warrant.
The CoE published a number of position papers with members to ensure awareness of our work as a key stakeholder to field recommendations which safeguard the quality that the PWQC should achieve prior to initiation. These were made available on our website.
Most of the recommendations of the CoE have been taken on board by ASIIN and successfully implemented in the reformed PWQC (bridging course) which secure a more quality course but some were repealed by the consultants – namely the ECTS weighting of the engineering project and the course in total.
The evaluation carried out by ASIIN based on the fulfilment of the requirements adopted by the expert panel and the professional approach with which ASIIN conducted this PWQC review is clear – and therefore the Chamber respects their recommendations.
The PWQC process will now consist of a review when the course is completed by the first students 12 months after initiation – ASIIN will be confirming the intended quality of the bridging course.
As committed by the very intent of our involvement in this process, the CoE has yesterday published ASIIN’s Evaluation Report of the PWQC which reflects the entire process of this review since Apr 2020 to date. This report along with CoE position papers on the subject may be found here: https://coe.org.mt/documents/
The subject will be extensively discussed with members during the AGM of the 26th February 2021. Register here: https://coe.org.mt/2020/12/28/agm/