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Lighting Designer gains chartered engineering qualification in lighting (CEng MILP) through the ILP.


Kevan Shaw, principal of independent lighting design consultancy KSLD, has gained a chartered engineering qualification in lighting (CEng MILP) through the Institution of Lighting Professionals. He is now urging other lighting designers to follow his example. 'It is vitally important that we get properly recognised as a profession,' said Shaw. 'The fact that the ILP has decided to move on and encompass a larger band of the lighting community than just the engineers provides an opportunity to get recognition for professional lighting design in a proper way.'


Shaw is the first independent lighting designer to gain the CEng MILP qualification without an engineering degree. The process involved using the Individual Route and the Technical Report Option in lieu of formal engineering qualifications. 'This is the option that allows people who have come through an experiential rather than degree-based route to get a chartered status,' said Shaw. 'It's a matter of getting other members of the lighting design community to understand that although they're not engineer trained they could apply for this.The point is this is a qualification given for lighting design, not a qualification for engineering. 'Right now this is the only game in town,' added Shaw. 'It would be good if we could be recognised as chartered lighting designers but such a qualification does not exist and I'm not entirely clear how that could come about just yet. For now CEng is what we have.'


'Kevan Shaw’s newly achieved membership and chartered status proves that lighting designers with and without a formal engineering qualification can achieve a credential of international prestige that recognises their competence and expertise,' said ILP vice president Mark Ridler, who was the first independent lighting designer to gain a CEng MILP with an existing engineering qualification. 'It’s a significant milestone in the ongoing professionalism of architectural lighting design,' added Ridler. 'The more designers that follow Kevan’s example, the better able we are to establish lighting design in its proper position within the wider building design community and in the eyes of our clients.' ILP president Pete Lummis added his endorsement. 'Kevan Shaw's achievement in gaining a CEng MILP qualification is a very significant step forward for the institution,' said Lummis. 'It is just one indication of what we are able to offer the broader lighting community.'


Lighting designers interested in applying for a CEng MILP qualification should contact membership manager Chantal O'Sullivan at chantal@theilp.org.uk


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