The aims of Individual Membership
Since the establishment as an Institute in 2012, ICW's profile has continued to grow. This, together with the increasing recognition of the significance of collaborative working and adoption of BS 11000 and its migration to ISO 44001, has raised the market awareness.
Since 1990 ICW (formerly PSL) has been actively promoting and supporting the adoption of collaborative working within both the public and private sector.
The thought leadership of ICW, creation of the CRAFT methodology which was the basis for ISO 44001, the International standard for collaborative business relationships framework has laid a foundation for organisations. The future dynamics for business whether national or international will continue to grow in complexity both technically and through diverse relationships where collaboration is no longer just a word but becomes a mission critical capability.
This change in the way business needs to work places a new demand on individuals to have the skills to exploit the power of collaboration and for those capabilities to be professionally recognised.
Our MICW and FICW membership programme, provides recognised and accredited validation of those individuals that have and continue to build their collaboarative capability. In becoming MICW, you signal to other professionals and to employers your skill set in collaborative working and in doing so join a network of professionals recognised at the highest standards in this area. ICW individual membership scheme is the only current and credible formal body able to recognise the value of collaborative skills.
With the resulting increase in the adoption of collaborative working methods across both the public and private sector. ICW recognise that success will only be achieved if organisations employ or develop individuals who have an understanding of, and commitment to, the principles and practice of collaborative working.
Our continued aim is to provide and support individual's personal development through membership of a professional Institute by:
The Institute will use its best endeavours to:
It is important to note that individual membership is a personal accreditation. Use of the Post Nominal designations (AICW, MICW, FICW) are only for the individual.
As a member of the Institute you will be joining a unique community of practice providing access to a wide range of knowledge and expertise both from other members and organisations across a broad spectrum of industries, embracing both the public and private sectors. Your membership provides a variety of benefits in terms of career development, including;
In addition to benefiting the development of individual's capability profile the promotion of membership by organisations provides an accredited capability and structured development process to support their corporate profile and collaborative capability.
By encouraging their staff to join and gain individual recognition of their collaborative skills, they will become more motivated so that the overall performance of he organisation and its collaborative relationships will be enhanced.
The individual membership programme is based on recognising various levels of membership reflecting current skills and experience against defined criteria. Together with a development pathway. All membership is centrally registered and recognised with the Institute in UK whether UK based or International.
Associate and Student Associate Membership (AICW)
Membership is via an online process requiring individuals to support their application with details of their current experience and aims. Each application will be reviewed by our membership panel. In the case of Student associates they will also need to provide evidence of their current educational status. For associate membership this level of annual membership is for a maximum of 2 years beyond which they would be expected to have progressed to full membership. In the case of student associate membership this will remain whilst they are in education whether full or part time.
Individuals may apply directly for full membership at a practitioner level. There are a variety of routes to achieve MICW:
Members will be required to continue their development and update their experience and development profile as a minimum every two years.
Fellowship is granted to individuals who have held MICW for a minimum of 5 years and/or reached defined levels of competence, experience and academic achievement within their business activities. They will also be able to demonstrate that they have externally been proactive in promoting collaborative working and the Institute cross industry. Acceptance will be via a duly constituted panel of peers.
Note: all fees exclude VAT. *Only for direct entry administration.
In the case where individuals are paying membership fees personally, not by their organisation, the Institute has agreement with the commissioners for UK HM Revenue and Customs that such membership fees may be claimed against your annual tax returns, reference T1644/30/2017.