Examination

The Institution's two membership examinations (Chartered Member and Associate-Member) are held in a number of venues worldwide each year. January and July for the CM Exam, and July for the AM Exam.

Latest news - May 2018:  Exam entry forms have been sent to all candidates who are eligible for the Chartered Membership and Associate-Membership Examinations.  If you are eligible and have not received the entry form, please check your "junk email" folder before contacting the Examinations Manager.

For those submitting Expression of Interest Forms the next available sitting for the Chartered Membership Examination will be January 2019

The Chartered Membership Exam


The Examination is one of two essential elements you must complete to become a Chartered Member of the Institution, the other being the Professional Review Interview (PRI).

The Examination assesses the validity of your training and experience. The examiners must be satisfied that you have 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. You may attempt the examination before or after your PRI, depending on what suits you best.
 

Exam format:


The Examination is seven hours long. You must answer one question from a choice of five. 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 you to 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.

How to apply to sit the CM Exam:


Submit an Expression of Interest Form (Form EOI CM) to register your interest in sitting the Examination. 

Eligible candidates will then be sent an Exam Entry Form during October (for the January Examination) or at the beginning of May (for the July Examination). 

An Exam Entry Form will also be sent to those resitting the Exam and those who have passed the PRI under the Institution's previous Professional Review process. 
 

Application deadline:


Submit your completed Exam Entry Form at least four weeks before the exam date (this is clearly stated on the Form). 

 

Candidate instructions:

Candidate instructions and exam entry rules will be sent with the exam entry forms.  Please note mobile phones and electronic devices are not permitted in the exam.

You will receive your candidate number and details of your chosen venue approximately two weeks prior to the examination date, together with a few final reminders for the day.   This information is sent to you by email, so please ensure your contact details are up to date in My Account.  

 

Exam preparation materials:

The Institution produces a CD to help candidates prepare for the Examination. This will be sent to you once you have made your payment and your place has been confirmed. 
 
We can also view a list of exam preparation courses available this year. Statistics show that candidates who attend an exam preparation course have a much higher pass rate than those who do not, so the Institution recommends attending one if possible. 
 

Exam preparation materials provided by other organisations

The Institution is aware that other organisations provide advice both in print and on websites with regards the Chartered Membership Examination. Candidates may find these resources helpful, but should bear in mind that the Institution is not involved in reviewing or authorising such material.

Examiner guidance:

These reports were prepared by former Marking Examiners and provide helpful advice into what the markers are looking for:

The Associate-Membership Exam

The Associate-Membership Exam is held once a year in July.
 

Exam format:


The Examination requires you 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 long. You must answer one question from a choice of four. All questions have two sections and both parts must be satisfactorily answered to achieve a pass:

  • Section 1 (30% of total mark) tests your 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 your familiarity with an Incorporated Engineer's normal responsibilities for managing and organising construction processes in a structural engineering office.

How to apply to sit the AM Exam:


Submit an Expression of Interest Form (Form EOI AM) to register your interest in sitting the Exam. 

Eligible candidates will then be sent an Exam Entry Form at the beginning of May. 
 

Specialist Diploma Examinations

The Institution launched Specialist Diploma Examinations in Seismic Engineering and Offshore Structural Engineering in 2017, and these are available in both the January and July Examination cycles.
 

Further information

 

Past Papers and Examiner Reports

Past Papers and Examiner Reports

In this section you can find past papers, Examiner Reports and some possible solutions.

Examination Dates & Deadlines

Examination Dates and Deadlines

More information about upcoming Examination dates can be found here.

Examination appeals

Examination appeals

A description of the appeals procedure.

Exam preparation courses

Exam preparation courses

Courses run by the Institution to help you prepare for your exam.

Specialist Diploma in Offshore Structural Engineering

Specialist Diploma in Offshore Structural Engineering

The Specialist Diploma Examination in Offshore Structural Engineering is a new technical qualification that will test your competence in this specialist area at an advanced level.

Specialist Diploma in Seismic Engineering

Specialist Diploma in Seismic Engineering

The Specialist Diploma Examination in Seismic Engineering is a technical qualification that will test your competence in this specialist area at an advanced level.


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