Who needs it and how to apply
If you have an academic qualification that is neither accredited by the Institution nor accepted under a Mutual Recognition Agreement, you can still qualify for membership by applying for an academic assessment.
The Institution’s Academic Qualifications Panel (AQP) will review all of your academic qualifications under the Individual Case Procedure (ICP) and compare them against the learning outcomes that we require for you to become either a Chartered Member, Associate-Member, or Technician Member.
The AQP meets four times a year to assess each application on an individual basis, taking into consideration the subjects studied and the level completed within the programme of study.
The results will help us determine whether your qualifications are comparable to equivalent verified qualifications. If they're not, we can suggest the further learning that you'd be required to undertake.
To apply for an academic assessment you will need to submit the following:
A completed Graduate Application Form (Form G)
Certified copies* of your degree certificate(s)
Certified copies* of your academic transcript(s)
The appropriate assessment and subscription fees (see below)
*certified copies are photocopies signed by your employer or supporter to confirm they are true copies of the original.
Candidates applying for an academic assessment for Technician Membership will be required to submit either Form S or Form TM instead of Form G.
In cases where the applicant’s qualifications are deemed by the panel to fully meet the academic requirements for Chartered or Associate-Membership of the Institution, candidates will be automatically transferred to Graduate Member from which they can progress to more senior membership grades.
Applicants whose qualifications are not deemed to be of an appropriate standard will be required to complete additional examinations and/or an appropriate period of further learning e.g. an accredited MSc degree or undertake the Technical Report Route to membership.
Academic assessment fee £120
Graduate subscription fee £133
Student in Employment subscription fee £133
Note: Discounts are available for 1st year Graduate Members and Student Employed Members. Please see our full list of membership fees for further details.