What is SiLC?

The Specialist in Land Condition Register comprises senior experienced professionals in the field of land condition and brownfield regeneration. It is strictly independent and to be placed on the register individuals need to undergo a rigorous written exam and interview process. Essentially it is a peer review and assessment process to assure the quality and competence of the people who pass. It represents the professional pinnacle within the industry.

SiLCs are currently the only people recognised as "Suitably Qualified Persons" under the National Quality Mark Scheme (NQMS). This is a scheme which was set up by the National Brownfield Forum and is widely recognised by the Government, the Environment Agency and an increasing number of Local Authorities. The NQMS recognises professionals qualified to verify expert reports on land condition as part of planning applications and other regulatory processes.

Overall SiLCs represent the highest level of expertise a Chartered professional can achieve within the land condition and brownfield regeneration field. We believe it confers a certain amount of prestige and should help to drive business to the individuals who achieve SiLC status.

SiLC is also engaged in mentoring of professionals with a view to supporting their progression through the industry from graduate level to Chartership and ultimately to SiLC.

Do you wish to be recognised at the highest level as an expert in land condition, contaminated land assessment, remediation, and brownfield regeneration?

IEMA is a supporting member of the Specialist in Land Condition Register (SILC) that recognises the highest calibre of senior practitioners within the industry. Its members can also achieve Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) status under the government recognised National Quality Mark Scheme (NQMS) and are uniquely qualified to verify land condition reports associated with planning applications and other regulatory processes.

The benefits of being a SiLC include professional recognition that you are at the pinnacle of your profession. You are permitted to use it to promote your practice. As an SQP you will also be able to undertake work that non-registered people cannot.

To become a SiLC you must be Chartered and will need to undergo an exam and interview process. The exam is set by the SiLC Professional and Technical Panel (PTP) and the interview is conducted by a panel of two assessors and an observer - all of which are SiLCs. There is also a mentoring scheme (SiLC Affiliate Scheme) for those who would like support for their professional development to becoming chartered initially and then applying for SiLC in the longer term.

To find out more please visit www.silc.org.uk where you can obtain details of the SiLC Affiliate Scheme, Introduction Days, the exam process, the NQMS and the role of an SQP.