Guidance for Referees

The reason that applicants are asked to supply references for the purposes of an application is to confirm that the candidate is indeed who he or she say they are. It is also to establish that the level of membership applied for is relevant, based on education, experience, training and ultimately competencies within the appropriate field of employment or activity.

In order to do that suitable professional references are required from two individuals who can vouch for the applicants’ hands on work, education and competencies.

Candidates should note;

Two professional references are required (one should be a member) and must be provided by individuals who have first-hand knowledge of the applicants’ use of explosives. References are required to validate the applicants’ suitability for entrance to the Institute, whatever the grade.

Once received, the reference is used by the Membership Committee to establish the suitability of candidates for a particular grade of membership, to uphold the standards laid down by Council, to maintain a continuity of appraisal and also to ensure that should professional audits be carried out by independent assessors, the Institute is seen to take all applicable steps to ensure that due diligence has been carried out. Finally this also protects existing members by confirming suitability of new

Requirements are:

  1. One nominated referee must be a current IExpE Member. Where this is not feasible or possible due to geographical location or employment, a suitable interview can be arranged with the candidate.
  2. The time period, and in what capacity the applicant is known to the referee must be clearly stated.
  3. Referees must be able to confirm knowledge of applicants ‘hands on’ experience with the use of explosives, including dates, circumstances and job roles and responsibilities.
  4. Detailed information must be provided regarding specific examples of the applicants qualifications and competencies required for work undertaken.
  5. Referees should provide information about the applicant based only on their direct knowledge of them.
  6. Referees must be independent and will not be accepted if provided by a spouse or relative to the applicant.
  7. Referees must state their full current job title and length of time in post.
  8. References may be submitted by email and should be a minimum of 100 words.
  9. Where referees are from the same employer, no more than one reference shall be accepted from colleagues in organisations who are not members.

It is the applicants sole responsibility to ensure that references provided meet the criteria laid down.

References that do not satisfy requirements will be rejected causing delay in processing applications.

Any queries regarding references can be sent as follows: