Examination

The Institution's two membership examinations (Chartered Member and Associate-Member) are held in a number of venues worldwide in April each year.

You can find out whether you are eligible to sit either examination by referring to the relevant membership pages.

The registration deadline for eligible members is usually six weeks prior to the examination date.

Examination entry forms are sent to candidates between October and February.

An instruction letter containing your candidate number and details of your chosen venue will be supplied three weeks prior to the examination date.

Chartered Member Examination

Candidates must demonstrate the validity of the training and experience they've acquired. Examiners must be satisfied that the candidate has conveyed an understanding of structural engineering principles, an ability to initiate and communicate structural design and provide an effective solution to a structural design problem.

The examination is seven hours in duration. Candidates must answer one question from a choice of eight.

All questions have two sections and BOTH parts of the question must be satisfactorily answered to achieve a pass:

  • Section 1 (50% of total mark) covers design concept, presentation, identification of various solution forms (including stability and loading transfer aspects), a selection of the most appropriate materials and the opportunity to provide relevant comment on a particular small (but significant) design feature.
  • Section 2 (50% of total mark) requires that the candidate provide relevant design calculations, general arrangement drawing and appropriate details together with comment on possible construction methods, choice of materials, specifications, estimates, management procedures, site control and safety and supervision of works in progress.

Past papers

A number of past papers are available to candidates. These provide valuable insight into the type of questions you may face in the exam.

Examination preparation CD

The exam preparation CD is sent to all candidates upon registration. We strongly advise candidates to take advantage of this learning tool. Thorough preparation is vital for success and with possible solutions to ten years' worth of past papers together with essential advice and guidance, it will help you maximise your chance of success!

Copies of the CD are also available to purchase through the Institution's bookshop.

Examiner guidance and personal reflections

Further information


Associate-Member Examination

This requires the candidate to consider the details of a construction project presented in much the same way that a brief and proposed design solution would be passed to the design office by a chartered structural engineer.

The examination is seven hours in duration. Candidates must answer one question from a choice of four. All questions have two sections and BOTH parts of the question must be satisfactorily answered to achieve a pass:

  • Section 1 (30% of total mark) tests the candidate's knowledge of structural engineering design practice, including drawing and detailing, and the conveying of design information on-site
  • Section 2 (70% of total mark) establishes whether the candidate is familiar with an Incorporated Engineer's normal responsibilities for managing and organising construction processes in a structural engineering office

Past papers

A number of past papers have been made available to candidates.

Examination preparation CD

The Institution advises all candidates to take advantage of the examination preparation CD. Thorough preparation is vital for success and with possible solutions to ten years' worth of past papers together with essential advice and guidance, this tool will help you maximise your chance of success! To purchase a copy of the CD, please visit the Institution's bookshop.

Further information


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