There are two categories of membership as described below, namely:
- Full Member
- Associate Member.
An Associate Member may become a Full Member once appointed as a Director or Partner in a Consulting Practice, provided he or she satisfies the requirements of ACEM.
A Full Member must be in practice as a Consulting Engineer either individually or as a partner or consultant of a firm of Consulting Engineers or as a Director of either a limited or unlimited company whose Memorandum of Association restricts its activities to those permitted to members of ACEM.
A Member must be registered by the Board of Engineers of Malawi as Registered Engineer and have been in practice as a Consulting Engineer for a period of not less than three (3) years.
No person shall be elected to membership of the Association unless he or she is of such standing and experience considered adequate by the Council to practise as a Consulting Engineer.
An Engineer may be admitted as an Associate Member if he or she resides in Malawi and is employed in a firm of Consulting Engineers at the date of nomination but is not a partner or director.
An Associated Member must be employed by a firm of which at least one partner is a member of the Association and shall have held a senior executive, managerial or technical position therein for not less than three (3) years.
Each firm of which a partner is a member of the Association may nominate as an Associate Member one member of its staff. Where a firm employs more than six (6) Engineers registered with the Board of Registration of Engineers as Registered Engineers they may nominate up to two (2) Engineers for Associate Membership.
The Benefits of Membership
Member firms are entitled to use ACEM’s logo on their letterheads, brochures, project sign boards and other printed literature. Firms are listed by ACEM in the annual Register of Members provided each office is declared annually. Annual entries may include details of services, typical projects undertaken, human resource capacity, qualifications and experience as well as project photographs supplied by firms.
ACEM has developed an influential network in the public and private development sector and participates in national think tanks in terms of best practice, legislation, and the development imperatives. Key areas which will be of benefit to member firms include the following.
The marketing efforts of ACEM offer greater visibility as companies are promoted to a wide potential clientele base locally, regionally and internationally.
Networking and knowledge sharing
ACEM organises events throughout the year including seminars, conferences, think tanks etc. which offer networking and learning opportunities and offers training across the range of skills that require developing.
Networking at events offers member companies the opportunities to engage with client bodies and gain an understanding of developments planned
Influencing the national agenda
ACEM participates in industry discussions (on local, provincial, national and international levels) which focus on addressing challenges in the sector. ACEM plays a role in influencing government and client bodies to adopt more appropriate approaches.
ACEM assists member firms in negotiations; resolving contractual disputes; interpreting conditions of contract, rules and regulations; and liaising with government and other industry bodies
Promoting best practice procurement methodologies focusing on the value and quality of the service rendered.
The Application Process
Potential members are required to submit details of key personnel, qualifications and experience, company registration details and location of the head office and regional offices. At least one fulltime registered professional must be employed for recognition as a fulltime office.
Once the ACEM accepts your application, you will be required to sign a declaration of commitment to abide by the Constitution.