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Benefits of membership

The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world’s leading international membership organisation for professional structural engineers. The Institution sets standards, defines quality and promotes high levels of structural engineering design internationally.

Membership is a sought after professional accreditation that leads the field in terms of international recognition. As a member, your intellectual, academic, technical and professional status as a world-class structural engineer is confirmed. Institution membership options reflect the diverse, inclusive nature of the international engineering community.

The Institution's International Passport to Practice pack provides detailed information about the Institution, the benefits of membership and routes into membership:

The Internationational passport to practice

Principal membership benefits include:

The Structural Engineer:

All members receive a complimentary subscription to the Institution's flagship publication The Structural Engineer. Published monthly, each issue features:

  • Peer-reviewed project focus papers 
  • Technical articles studying methods of analysis, material properties and aspects of design of structures
  • Professional Guidance: information and advice for the practising structural engineer
  • Opinion articles and readers’ letters: debate on topics of current interest
  • Full access to The Structural Engineer's  electronic archive is also included with your membership.

Discounts on technical publications:

The Institution's technical publications provide essential technical and regulatory information on basic structural design concepts through to design guidance, reports, manuals and codes - including the latest developments in Eurocodes.

Regional Group activites:

Our members are active in 105 countries - Institution Regional Groups offer their own programmes of events, providing essential support and networking opportunities to members at a local level.


Our library is one of the world's definitive centres for structural engineering research and technical information. Members enjoy free access to more than 60,000 works, in the form of books, journals, reports, standards, and papers. Two qualified librarians are on hand to conduct literature searches and answer your enquiries.

Technical meetings and events:

Regular technical events (seminars, lectures and conferences) are held at our London headquarters and at various venues worldwide. If you're unable to attend in person, catch up via our webinar service.

Free legal advice:

Access 20 minutes of free legal telephone advice* about issues covered by construction and engineering law, delivered via a partnership with Muckle LLP's expert specialist Construction and Engineering Law Team. Advice covers areas including contracts, insurance and liability. To get in touch call 0191 211 7724 or email Muckle LLP and quote “IStructE/LA” and your membership number.

Plus, get a great discount on full legal services if you instruct Muckle LLP following your 20 minutes of free advice.

*This benefit is not available to Student Members or Affiliates.


The Institution's recruitment website hosts all the latest structural engineering vacancies.

Professional Development:

The Institution is committed to ensuring that its members take an active interest in their IPD or  CPD, so that professional performance at the highest level is maintained. The reporting of CPD is now mandatory and the Institution provides all the necessary administrative support to make the process as simple as possible.


Delivered monthly, direct to your inbox, these member-only briefings keep you in touch with developments across the Institution and industry.

Benevolent Fund:

The Benevolent Fund helps past and present Institution members and their dependants. Financial assistance is provided according to an individual's needs, regardless of age, membership type or country of residence and you do not need to have subscribed to the Benevolent Fund to qualify for its help. is a comprehensive database of structural engineering practices across the UK that puts the public in touch with the best structural engineer for any project. 


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