My posting certainly wasn't mischievous ! The information sheet I have in front of me clearly states ;-
"The criteria for entry onto the voluntary Register for those appointed on or after 1 August 2001 will be as follows :
1. There must be evidence of a pass at BTEC Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma or Degree or an equivalent qualification in a subject deemed appropriate to the candidate's specialist area of work.
2. There must be evidence of not less than 3 years work experience . . . .
3. There must be evidence of current employment . . . . "
I admit that this guidance is a couple of years old, but I haven't seen an update anywhere and it was apparently issued by IPEM (Fairmount House, Tadcaster Road, York ?).
So for people with no qualifications, who haven't registered yet and hence are after the August 2001 deadline, there is no route onto the voluntary register.