Record membership rise for the Institution of Lighting Professionals

The ILP has celebrated a record year for new members with more than 400 people signing up in 2014. That represents more than double the normal new membership intake, with many individuals joining from the independent lighting design profession. The institution also now has 32 new corporate members out of a current total of 120 companies.

‘People obviously want to be a part of our institution in order to be viewed as a lighting professional,’ said Guy Harding, VP membership. ‘The diversification away from the traditional role of lighting engineer has really helped broaden our appeal.’

Chief executive Richard Frost said that many had questioned the wisdom of relaunching the institution in the middle of a deep recession. ‘Four years on and I think that question is being answered,’ he said. ‘The lighting profession is getting what the change was all about and is realising that the ILP has taken a quantum leap forward from its historical roots to broaden its remit and be truly representative of all sectors of the profession.’
However, said Harding, it was important that all members, both new and old, looked to upgrade to Associate Member and Member grades to fully demonstrate professionalism and competence.
These levels of membership carry the Engineering Council grades of EngTech (Engineering Technician) for Associate Members, and IEng (Incorporated Engineer) or CEng (Chartered Engineer) for Members and allow the use of post nominals.

‘It will be my personal aim over the next few years to encourage as many of our members, long-standing or new, to upgrade,’ said Harding. ‘The process is straightforward and achievable, even for people without a degree or formal tertiary education.’

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