Yes that's true - I was just arguing the point. In fact I'd prefer a more objective scheme that is knowledge and skills biased. Generic knowledge and skills rather than too academically biased.
What we have to remember is that training, registration and certification for individuals working in engineering in healthcare, whether they're technicians or engineers, in the UK, is in its infancy.
Is the intention of BMET to prevent untrained, unskilled and uninsured individuals from working in medical engineering? If it is then I guess that HPC regulation is intended to work along the same lines.
Perhaps we should look towards BMET as a source of ideas for assessing the technical/clinical knowledge and skills of trainees in the UK then. Thanks for the idea.
Taken from the AAMI ICC FAQ:
What are the eligibility requirements for certification?
Applicants must meet ONE of the following minimum eligibility requirements:
Associate’s degree in biomedical academic program and two year's full-time BMET work experience; OR
Associate’s degree in electronics technology and three year's full-time BMET work experience: OR
Four year's full-time BMET work experience.