The Institution's two membership examinations (Chartered Member and Associate-Member) will be held in a number of venues worldwide in January and July each year from 2015.
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 dates.
Examination entry forms are sent to candidates during October (January examination) and May (July examination.
A candidate instruction letter containing your candidate number and details of your chosen venue will be posted to candidates at least two weeks prior to the examination date. The information is also emailed to every candidate.
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 five. Please note that 2015 will be the final year where the examination will include the offshore question and glass enclosure question.
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.
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
The Associate-Membership examination is held once a year in July.
The examination 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
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.