Chartered Member

Qualifying as a Chartered Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers is a demonstration of personal achievement and professional competence. Chartered Members enjoy the full range of membership benefits including the formal recognition of professional status by being entitled to use the designation MIStructE.

MIStructE is recognised by employers as an individual's commitment to professional excellence, and as a qualification it is an international passport to practice. MIStructE automatically qualifies the holder to register as a qualified structural engineer in an increasing number of countries where such registration is a standard requirement.

Becoming a Chartered Member is straightforward and involves three key stages:

  • You must hold an Institution accredited MEng or equivalent
  • You must succesfully complete the Institution's Initial Professional Development (IPD) programme. This training programme includes 13 core objectives set to bridge the gap between education and becoming a Chartered Member.
  • You must attend and pass a Professional Review Interview (PRI) and the seven hour Chartered Membership Examination.
Alternative routes to Chartered Membership

There are three alternative routes to Chartered Membership:

Mandatory reporting of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

All members elected to a professional grade (Technician, Associate-Member, Chartered Member, Fellow) must comply with the Institution’s mandatory reporting of CPD policy.

2014 fees

  • Application fee: £80
  • Annual subscription: £289
  • Interview fee (Individually Managed/Accredited Training Scheme/Retrospectively Collated): £130
  • Exam fee: £380
  • Graduate fee (if not already a Graduate Member): £141

Engineering Council fees (optional):

  • Registration for CEng £43.50
  • CEng (if already CEng registered): £33.50

How to apply

To apply for Chartered membership, you will need to complete the following documents and submit the relevant supporting documentation as listed on the application together with the appropriate fees:

  • Form M (for candidates following the standard route or Associate-Member to Chartered Member Route)
  • Form M/MRA (for those registered with an organisation with which the Institution has a Mutual Recognition Agreement)
  • Form M/R (for those applying through the Research and Development Route)
  • Chartered Member Initial Professional Development (IPD) forms are available here


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