Benefits of membership
The International Passport to Practice
The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world’s leading international membership organisation for professional structural engineers. The Institution sets standards, defines quality and promotes high levels of structural engineering design internationally.
Membership is a sought after professional accreditation that leads the field in terms of international recognition. As a member, your intellectual, academic, technical and professional status as a world-class structural engineer is confirmed. Our membership options truly reflect the diverse, inclusive nature of the international engineering community.
The Institution's International Passport to Practice pack provides detailed information about the Institution, the benefits of membership and routes into membership:
A list of just some of the Institution's principal membership benefits is also provided below:
Complimentary magazine subscription
All members receive a complimentary subscription to the Institution's flagship publication The Structural Engineer. Published monthly, each issue allows members to remain connected to the Institution through the provision of:
Industry and Institution News
Feature articles which have a broad scope and often accompany a significant Institution award or event
Peer-reviewed Project focus papers that detail the structural engineering challenges faced during the design and build stages of a construction project
Technical articles that study methods of analysis, material properties and aspects of design of structures
Professional Guidance — providing information and advice on everyday matters affecting the practising structural engineer
Opinion articles and readers’ letters — written from a personal perspective on topics of current interest, often inspiring further debate
Furthermore, full access to The Structural Engineer's vast electronic archive — containing seminal material spanning more than 100 years, is provided.
Discounts on technical publications
The Institution's technical publications provide essential technical and regulatory information on basic structural design concepts through to design guidance, reports, manuals and codes - including the latest developments in Eurocodes.
Inclusion in a Regional Group
Our members are active in 105 countries. An introduction to your Regional Group, where you will be warmly welcomed, is offered.
Regional Groups are responsible for their own programmes of events, and provide essential support and networking opportunities to members at a local level.
Access to the Institution's library
Our library is one of the world's definitive centres for structural engineering research and technical information. Members enjoy free access to more than 60,000 works, in the form of books, journals, reports, standards, and papers. Two qualified librarians are on hand to conduct literature searches and answer your enquiries, in addition to offering:
a same-day loan service
a research service
partnership library arrangements
electronic dissemination of material
Access to technical meetings and events
Regular technical events (seminars, lectures and conferences) are held at our London headquarters and at various venues worldwide. If you're unable to attend in person, its likely that you'll still be able to watch the principal talks, via our webinar service.
Findanengineer.com - Online access to a vast network of structural engineers
Findanengineer.com is a comprehensive database of structural engineering practices across the UK that puts the public in touch with the best structural engineer for any project. It is a requirement that all firms listed in the database employ at least one member of the Institution.
TheStructuralEngineerJobs - Online access to the Institution's structural engineering recruitment website
A website hosting all the latest structural engineering jobs.
Assistance with Professional Development
Structural engineers are continually developing their skills and knowledge base. The Institution is committed to ensuring that its members take an active interest in their IPD or CPD, so that professional performance at the highest level is maintained. The reporting of CPD is now mandatory and the Institution provides all the necessary administrative support to make the process as simple as possible.
Delivered monthly, direct to your inbox, these bite-size member-only briefings will keep you in touch with the latest developments across the Institution and industry.
Access to the Benevolent Fund
For more than 70 years, the Benevolent Fund has been helping Institution members (and former members) and their dependants, who have encountered financial difficulties as a result of circumstances such as:
illness, accident or disability
difficulties during retirement
Financial assistance is provided according to an individual's needs, regardless of age, class of membership or country of residence. There is no requirement for an applicant to have subscribed to the Benevolent Fund.