Grades of membership
Structural engineers around the world study for many different recognised academic qualifications. This is taken into account by the Institution and we ensure that people with appropriate qualifications are eligible to join the Institution at a level of membership that befits their level of experience.
Our seven membership grades reflect the inclusive nature of the international engineering community:
Student Members are aspiring structural engineers who are studying structural and/or civil engineering courses (either full-time or part-time) at an undergraduate level.
Graduate Members are engineers who have completed an accredited structural and/or civil engineering degree or the equivalent.
Technician Members are likely to be professional members of a design team, with a sound understanding of core structural engineering principles. They are experienced structural engineering technicians who hold a recognised academic or vocational qualification such as a National Certificate or Diploma in structural/civil engineering or construction or equivalent. Technician members enjoy formal recognition of their professional status by using the designation: TIStructE
Associate-Members will be able to solve structural engineering problems and contribute to the production of viable structural design solutions using appropriate methods of analysis, as well as being able to exercise independent technical judgement and management skills. Applicants will hold an Institution-accredited Bachelors (ordinary degree) or the equivalent (e.g. a HND in addition having passed the Associate-membership Examination). Associate-Members enjoy formal recognition of their professional status by using the designation: AMIStructE.
Associates will have demonstrated the necessary skills and experience to be a Chartered Structural Engineer with the same abilities as described for Chartered membership below through their membership with another body. The key aspect of this grade is that applicants, at the time of admission or transfer, shall be in a qualified grade of membership of another body. Some mutual recognition agreements already exist. Applicants will hold an Institution accredited MEng degree or equivalent e.g. a BEng (Hons) plus an MSc, or have successfully completed the Institution's Technical Report Route. This grade should not be confused with the grade of Associate-Member. Associate members are entitled to use the designation AIStructE.
Chartered Members play a key role in the design process. They have the ability to solve complex structural engineering problems, and are able to demonstrate the technical management and leadership skills needed to bring a project successfully through all stages from conception to completion. Applicants will hold an Institution accredited MEng degree or equivalent e.g. a BEng (Hons) plus an MSc, or have successfully completed the Institution's Technical Report Route. Chartered Members enjoy formal recognition of their professional status by using the designation: MIStructE
Fellowship of the Institution
Fellows are also Chartered Members of the Institution. Fellowship recognises the attainment of the most senior grade of membership. The grade recognises excellence in structural engineering achievement and a significant contribution to the profession of structural engineering. Fellows have fully developed careers, and have several years of senior professional experience and responsibility. Fellows enjoy formal recognition of their professional status by using the designation: FIStructE