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Institute of Materials Finishing

Individual Member Benefits

  • Professional recognition: Membership of the IMF is recognised worldwide as an individual’s clear commitment to the Materials Finishing industry
  • Professional membership is a recognised addition to a personal CV and assists career progression
  • Access to our wide range of both distance learning and tutored training courses for skills development and evidence of an individuals Continued Professional Development, program
  • Valuable networking opportunities with fellow industry colleagues
  • Bi-Monthly issues of Transactions - one of the world’s leading technical and scientific journals
  • Bi-Monthly issues of IMFormation – The institutes journal covering the up to date news from the institute, sustaining companies information up and coming events and job vacancies
  • Membership of The Institute is implicit on adherence to the Code of Conduct as approved by The Board and in force at the time.

    The Institute of Materials Finishing offers several grades of membership dependent upon your Qualifications and experience.

    The Institute of Materials Finishing is directly linked with the Engineering Council to assist members to obtain this international professional recognition.

    For further information please contact us Tel +44 (0) 121 622 7387

Student

Student membership is open to individuals who are engaged in Full-Time education at a recognised educational establishment.
It should be limited to a maximum of 4 years and should only apply to those students who are not sponsored or do not receive significant financial support.
For further information on membership grades and to request an application form, please call Tel +44 (0) 121 622 7387 , or email membership@materialsfinishing.org

Affiliate

Affiliate membership is open to all individuals who are interested or involved in surface finishing, surface engineering or surface technology.

For further information on membership grades and to request an application form, please call Tel +44 (0) 121 622 7387 or email membership@materialsfinishing.org.

Assoc IMF

Candidates for election to the grade of Associate must produce documentary evidence to the satisfaction of the IMF's Examination and Qualifications Board that they are able to fulfil the requirements of one of the following regulations:
A1 Have passed the IMF Foundation Course and have a minimum of two years’ experience in the field of surface finishing.
OR
A2 Have satisfactorily completed a basic science course and training in surface finishing, approved by the Examination and Qualification Board and agreed by Management Board as being equivalent to the IMF Foundation Course, and have a minimum of two years’ experience in the field of surface finishing.
NOTES:
1. Candidates for election to this grade must supply the name of one referee who must have an intimate knowledge of the candidate’s work experience.
2. Candidates for election to this grade must provide a short summary of their educational background and work experience in surface finishing.
3. A person granted this grade is entitled to use the letters AssocIMF.
4. AssocIMF is the first grade of professional membership and Associates will be expected to progress to a more senior grade of professional membership within 5 years. Accordingly, the award of Associateship will lapse after 5 years although a longer period of tenure may be permitted at the discretion of the Examination and Qualifications Board.
For further information on membership grades and to request an application form, please call Tel +44 (0) 121 622 7387 or email membership@materialsfinishing.org

TECH IMF

Candidates for election to the grade of Technician must produce documentary evidence to the satisfaction of IMF's Examination and Qualifications Board that they are able to fulfil the requirements of one of the following regulations:
T1 Possess the IMF Technician Certificate* and the candidate must have a minimum of two years industrial experience in the field of surface finishing technology. OR 
T2 Possess a qualification that has been approved by the Examinations and Qualifications Board as being equivalent to the IMF Technician Certificate Course and the candidate must have a minimum of two years industrial experience in the field of surface finishing technology. *The Technician Certificate is awarded to those individuals who are successful in passing the Technician Certificate examination having followed either a Distance Learning Course route or the Tutored Course route, or such other route as approved by the Examination and Qualification Board of the Institute of Materials Finishing.
NOTES:
1. Candidates for election to this grade must supply the name of one referee who must have an intimate knowledge of the candidate’s work experience.
2. Candidates for election to this grade must provide a short summary of their educational background and work experience in surface finishing.
3. A person granted this grade of membership is entitled to use the letters TechIMF.
For further information on membership grades and to request an application form, please call Tel +44 (0) 121 622 7387 ,or email membership@materialsfinishing.org

GRAD IMF

Candidates for election to the grade of Graduate must produce documentary evidence to the satisfaction of the IMF's Examination and Qualifications Board that they are able to fulfil the requirements of one of the following regulations:
G1 possess a degree from a course approved by the Examination and Qualifications Board (e.g. a science or engineering course, but others will be considered for eligibility) and have successfully completed and passed the examination of either the IMF's Foundation module or at least one of the or at least one of the IMF Technician level modules.
G2 possess a degree from a course approved by the Examination and Qualifications Board (e.g. a science or engineering course, but others will be considered for eligibility) and have a minimum of two years industrial experience in the field of surface finishing technology. If the applicant has an enhanced first degree (e.g. MEng, MSci) or a postgraduate degree (e.g. MSc or PhD), this study period may count towards their period of industrial experience.
G3 possess the IMF's Licentiate qualification.
NOTES:
1. Candidates may be requested to attend for interview at the discretion of the Examination and Qualification Board.
2. A person granted this grade of membership is entitled to use the letters GradIMF.
For further information on membership grades and to request an application form, please call Tel +44 (0) 121 622 7387 , or email membership@materialsfinishing.org

MIMF

Candidates for election to the grade of Member must produce documentary evidence to the satisfaction of the IMF's Examination and Qualifications Board that they are able to fulfil the requirements of one of the following regulations:
M1 possess a degree in chemistry, materials science, metallurgy, corrosion science or other related subject and have had a minimum of six years direct involvement in surface finishing technology at a senior level. If the applicant has an enhanced first degree (e.g. MEng, MSci), or a postgraduate degree (MSc or MPhil), a total of 5 years direct involvement in surface finishing technology at a senior level may be acceptable.
M2 possess a PhD qualification in chemistry, materials science, metallurgy, corrosion science or other related subject and have completed 3 year’s direct involvement in surface finishing technology.
M3 possess the IMF's Licentiate qualification and have had for a minimum period of 5 years direct involvement in surface finishing technology at a senior level.
M4 that having been engaged in the field of surface finishing technology for at least 10 years and holding an important position of responsibility, the Candidate has shown a demonstrable commitment to continuing professional development. The nature of the experience and positions of responsibility held will be taken into account in consideration of applications under this category.
NOTES: A person granted this grade of membership is entitled to use the letters MIMF For further information on membership grades and to request an application form, please call Tel +44 (0) 121 622 7387 , or email membership@materialsfinishing.org

FIMF

Candidates for election to the grade of Fellow must be persons who, through a combination of education, experience and training have acquired a high level of competence in the science and technology of surface finishing and, in addition, can satisfy the IMF's Examination and Qualifications Board that they have an established and mature reputation in the field of surface finishing.

Such persons will have made a significant contribution to the science and practice of surface finishing, or will have established a reputation as managers who are ultimately responsible for the decisions of professional members under their direction.

NOTES: A person granted this grade of membership is entitled to use the letters FIMF.

For further information on membership grades and to request an application form, please call Tel +44 (0) 121 622 7387 , or email membership@materialsfinishing.org

Code Of Conduct

The Management Board in May 2010 adopted (in common with similar Organisations) a revised Code of Conduct for Members of the Institute. Bye-Law No.12 states: " Membership of The Institute is implicit on adherence to the Code of Conduct as approved by The Board and in force at the time." The following Code of Conduct has been adopted by The Management Board of The Institute of Materials Finishing and is applicable to all grades of individual membership of the Institute.

 1. All members of the Institute shall uphold the dignity of the Institute and at all times conduct themselves in an honourable manner. In particular they shall:

  • Observe the provision of the Memorandum, Articles of Association and the Bye-Laws of the Institute.
  • Ensure that the practice of their profession does not expose any person to inappropriate and unnecessary risk to health, safety, or expose property of others’ to inappropriate risk of damage or destruction.
  • Always maintain an awareness of environmental issues associated with the profession.
  • Seek to ensure that the well being of the Institute and the industry is protected in any contact with third party agencies, including the media. (If in doubt, members should be prepared to refer the enquirer to another authority rather than run the risk of giving misleading answers through lack of knowledge.)
  • Refuse to accept professional commitments for which they are not competent.

2. Members at all times shall ensure that any promotional material with which they are involved does not contain words or phrases that could bring discredit to the Institute or to a fellow member.
3. All Members actively practicing within the profession shall have an obligation to keep up to date with developments in their area of expertise.
4. Should a person cease to be a member of the Institute, they undertake to cease immediately to use all insignia and qualifications so granted.

Engineering Council

The Institute of Materials Finishing is proud of our continuing links with the Engineering Council and the resulting program of international professional recognition.
The three levels of significant status are EngTech, IEng & CEng and an aid to selecting the correct level for you is as follows:-
 
Engineering Technicians are concerned with applying proven techniques and procedures to the solution of practical engineering problems. They carry supervisory or technical responsibility, and are competent to exercise creative aptitudes and skills within defined fields of technology. Professional Engineering Technicians contribute to the design, development, manufacture, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, processes or services. Professional Engineering Technicians are required to apply safe systems of working.
 
Incorporated Engineers maintain and manage applications of current and developing technology, and may undertake engineering design, development, manufacture, construction and operation. Incorporated Engineers are variously engaged in technical and commercial management and possess effective interpersonal skills. 

Chartered Engineers are characterised by their ability to develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems, using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change. They might develop and apply new technologies, promote advanced designs and design methods, introduce new and more efficient production techniques, marketing and construction concepts, or pioneer new engineering services and management methods. Chartered Engineers are variously engaged in technical and commercial leadership and possess effective interpersonal skills.

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For further information on membership grades and to request an application form, please call Tel +44 (0) 121 622 7387 or email membership@materialsfinishing.org

Engineering Council contd

To quote from the Engineering Council's document "UK-SPEC"
 
 "Professional engineering is not just a job - it is a mindset and sometimes a way of life. Engineers use their judgement and experience to solve problems when the limits of scientific knowledge or mathematics are evident. Their constant intent is to limit or eliminate risk. Their most successful creations recognise human fallibility. Complexity is a constant companion. The engineering profession in the UK is well respected internationally. Individuals aspiring to be recognised as professional engineers and engineering technicians often need independent assessment of their competence. The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) provides the means to achieve this, Even for those whose reputation is secure, the process of registration offers a means to demonstrate recognition by one\s peers, and an encouragement to others.
  
The Engineering Council's registrants include Engineering Technicians, Incorporated Engineers and Chartered Engineers and the skills of each of them are needed within an engineering team. Achievement of registration in each category is valuable recognition in its own right. Life-long learning and career development may also enable individuals to progress within the registration structure, from Engineering Technician to Incorporated Engineer and from Incorporated Engineer to Chartered Engineer. Evidence of competence is the key requirement for progression, and normally there will be a need for additional education and training to enable progression to be recognised, although this may vary in nature.

Today's engineering professionals demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to society, to their profession, and to the environment. This is reflected in the standard for all three registration categories."


 For further information on membership grades and to request an application form, please call Tel +44 (0) 121 622 7387 or email membership@materialsfinishing.org