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​Transforming accessibility to Chartered Membership for professionals around the world


Graduates wishing to become Chartered members of the Institution are required to demonstrate Masters Level learning. This may be gained through formal education e.g. an accredited MEng degree or through experiential learning tested by the Institution. Candidates must also pass the Professional Review Interview and 7-hour Chartered Membership (CM) Examination before election as a Chartered Structural Engineer.
 
The Institution has transformed accessibility to Chartered membership by confirming that candidates holding an accredited BEng (Hons)* degree may demonstrate their Master Level learning by passing the CM Examination.  The Examination provides another option for candidates to demonstrate their Further Learning to Masters Level. In opening access to the CM Exam the Institution has removed the unnecessary duplication of assessment that had become part of the qualifying process.
 
*Bachelor with honours degree accredited as partially satisfying the academic requirements for Chartered membership.

The format and standard of our Interview and Exam remain unchanged as one of the most demanding assessments of knowledge and professional competence in the world.

What does that mean for you?

If you are studying, or planning to study, an accredited BEng (Hons) degree in the UK?

If you have an accredited BEng (Hons)* degree you will be eligible to sit the Institution’s Professional Review Interview and Chartered Membership Exam - provided you fulfil our 13 core objectives i.e. you are able to demonstrate sufficient professional competence through training and/or work experience.

The Chartered Member Examination will act as the Further Learning required to become a Chartered Structural Engineer.

The Institution’s Interview/Exam is one of the most demanding assessments of knowledge and professional competence in the world. Passing the Interview/Exam will lead to election as a Chartered member with the MIStructE post-nominal – the leading mark of structural engineering excellence.

If you are studying, or planning to study, an accredited MEng/MSc degree?

MEng remains the gold standard of academic engineering qualifications and holds particular advantages for students interested in (for example) demonstrating academic excellence, seeking an advantage in the job market, or interested in a research career. There is no change to the route to membership for candidates with an accredited MEng degree. An MEng course will continue to satisfy the Institution’s academic requirements and, upon passing the Professional Review Interview and CM Exam, candidates will be elected to Chartered membership.

MSc degrees are accredited as Further Learning for candidates with an accredited BEng (Hons)* degree who need to “top-up” their knowledge to Masters Level. The MSc will continue to be accepted as Further Learning, but candidates can also demonstrate their experiential learning to Masters Level by passing the CM Exam.

If you are currently taking the Technical Report Route to Chartered membership?

The Institution’s decision to use the CM Exam as a way of testing experiential learning to Masters Level provides candidates with another way of satisfying the Further Learning requirements. You now have a decision to make.

As you have an accredited BEng (Hons)* degree (or the equivalent) you are now eligible to sit the Institution’s Professional Review Interview and Chartered Membership Exam without the need to complete your Technical Report Route - provided you fulfil our 13 core objectives, i.e. you can demonstrate sufficient professional competence through training and/or work experience.

However, you are welcome to complete the Technical Report Route if you so wish.

The Institution has recognised for a number of years that experiential learning can provide the same level of knowledge and understanding as compared to formal academic learning. The CM Exam is another way of testing that Masters Level learning has been achieved through a candidate’s formation.

The Institution will contact members taking the Technical Report to discuss their options in more detail.

 

If you are thinking about taking the Technical Report Route to Chartered membership?

If you have an accredited BEng (Hons)* degree (or the equivalent) you are now eligible to sit the Institution’s Professional Review Interview and Chartered Membership Exam, provided you fulfil our 13 core objectives, i.e. you can demonstrate sufficient professional competence through training and/or work experience.

There is no requirement for you to take the Technical Report Route as the CM Examination, which you have to pass during the qualifying process, will test your experiential learning to Masters Level. However, the Technical Report Route remains a valid Further Learning option for those who wish to take it.

If you are currently on a Washington Accord (WA) recognised engineering course outside the UK?

The process by which you become eligible to sit the Institution’s Professional Review interview and Chartered Membership Exam remains unchanged.

The Engineering Council has confirmed that students starting WA recognised degrees from 01 July 2015, upon graduation, will be deemed to have achieved learning outcomes at least equivalent to a UK Bachelor with honours programme accredited as partially satisfying the academic requirements for CEng. As such WA graduates will be required to undertake Further Learning to demonstrate knowledge to the Masters Level. However, the Institution’s CM Exam, which you have to pass during the qualifying process, will provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate the Masters Level learning.

You’ll be eligible to sit the Institution’s Professional Review Interview and Chartered Membership Exam provided you fulfil our 13 core objectives – i.e. you can demonstrate sufficient professional competence through training and/or work experience.

If you are on an engineering course outside the UK which is not recognised by a Washington Accord signatory or via another international agreement e.g. FEANI?

Your degree course will need to be assessed by our Academic Qualifications Panel.

If your qualification is found to be of an accredited BEng (Hons)* standard or above, you’ll be eligible to sit the Institution’s Professional Review Interview and Chartered Membership Exam - provided you fulfil our 13 core objectives, i.e. you can demonstrate sufficient professional competence through training and/or work experience.

If you are an engineering course tutor or department head working in a UK university?

MEng remains the gold standard of academic engineering qualifications and holds particular advantages for students interested in (for example) demonstrating academic excellence, seeking an advantage in the job market, or interested in a research career. There is no change to the route to membership for candidates with an accredited MEng degree. An MEng course will continue to satisfy the Institution’s academic requirements and, upon passing the Professional Review Interview and CM Exam, candidates will be elected to Chartered membership.

MSc degrees are accredited as Further Learning for candidates with an accredited BEng (Hons)* degree who need to “top-up” their knowledge to Masters Level. The MSc will continue to be accepted as Further Learning, but candidates can also demonstrate their experiential learning to Masters Level by passing the Technical Report Route or CM Exam.

Graduates with an accredited BEng (Hons)* degree are now eligible to sit our Professional Review Interview and Chartered Membership Exam, provided they fulfil our 13 core objectives, i.e. they can demonstrate sufficient professional competence through training and/or work experience.

The Institution does not believe that improving access to the CM Exam for BEng (Hons)* graduates will impact upon MEng or MSc recruitment. Candidates take masters courses for many reasons e.g. demonstrating academic excellence, developing specialist knowledge, seeking an advantage in the job market, international mobility etc. - access to Chartered membership is one of many reasons for studying such courses.

If you are an existing Member of the Institution?

Graduates with an accredited BEng (Hons)* degree are now eligible to sit our Professional Review Interview and Chartered Membership Exam, provided they fulfil our 13 core objectives, i.e. they can demonstrate sufficient professional competence through training and/or work experience. The Chartered Member Examination will act as the Further Learning to Masters Level required to become a Chartered Structural Engineer.

The format and standard of our Interview and Exam remain unchanged as one of the most demanding assessments of professional competence in the world.

The Examination provides another option for candidates to demonstrate their Further Learning to Masters Level. In opening access to the CM Exam the Institution has removed the unnecessary duplication of assessment that had become part of the qualifying process.

If you are active in one of our Regional Groups or part of a Young Members Group?

Graduates with an accredited BEng (Hons)* degree are now eligible to sit the Institution’s Professional Review Interview and Chartered Membership Exam - provided they fulfil our 13 core objectives, i.e. they can demonstrate professional competence through sufficient training and/or work experience.

The Institution has recognised for a number of years that experiential learning can provide the same level of knowledge and understanding as compared to formal academic learning. Previously candidates had the option of assessing that learning through a Technical Report Route. The CM Exam is another way of testing that Masters Level learning has been achieved through a candidate’s formation.

The format and standard of our Interview and Exam remain unchanged as one of the most demanding assessments of professional competence in the world.

The Institution is keen to spread the word among students, academics and BEng (Hons)* graduates in the engineering community. Regional and Young Members Groups can play a crucial part – contact us if you’d like to help recruit a new generation of Chartered members.

If you are an engineering employer?

We are making Chartered membership more accessible and simplifying the routes to membership!

For many years employers have voiced concern over what appeared to be increasingly convoluted routes to becoming a Chartered Structural Engineer and in particular what appeared to be duplication of assessment through the Technical Report Route, Interview and Exam. The Institution’s decision to use the CM Examination as a way of testing experiential learning beyond the BEng (Hons)* degree removes the unnecessary duplication that had become part of the qualifying process.

Any of your structural engineers who holds an accredited BEng (Hons)* degree is now eligible to sit our Professional Review Interview and Chartered Membership Exam, provided he or she fulfils our 13 core objectives, i.e. he or she can demonstrate sufficient professional competence through training and/or work experience.

The format and standard of our Interview and Exam remain unchanged as one of the most demanding assessments of professional competence in the world.

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