The Institution's two membership examinations (Chartered Member and Associate-Member) will be held in a number of venues worldwide in January and July each year.
Latest news: The marking process is now underway for the January 2018 Chartered Membership Examination. Candidates will be notified of their results via email towards the end of April 2018.
Examination entry forms are sent to eligible candidates during October (January examination) and at the end of April (July examination). The registration deadline for eligible members is usually four weeks prior to the examination dates.
A candidate instruction letter containing your candidate number and details of your chosen venue will be posted to you at least two weeks prior to the examination date. This information is also emailed to every candidate, so please ensure your contact details are up-to-date.
Chartered Membership Examination
The Institution of Structural Engineers' Chartered Membership Examination tasks you with demonstrating the validity of your training and experience. 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.
The examination is seven hours in duration. 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.
Advice from successful candidates
The Institution asked candidates who passed the January 2017 Chartered Membership Examination for "Top Tips" to help future candidates. Read advice on the Chartered Membership Examination
A number of past papers and some possible solutions are available. Please note the possible solutions were not produced under exam conditions, so may contain more detail than can be achieved during the exam. The Marking Examiner reports for each year have also been included, as these will give you a useful insight into the markers' views on how the questions were answered.
Examination 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.
The Institution is reviewing the material provided to support candidates preparing for the Associate-Membership and Chartered Membership Examinations. Work is underway to create an online resource to replace the exam preparation CD and it is hoped this will be in place prior to the July 2018 examination.
These reports were prepared by former Marking Examiners and provide helpful advice into what the markers are looking for:
The Associate-Membership examination is held once a year in July.
The examination requires the candidate 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 in duration. You must answer one question from a choice of four. All questions have two sections and BOTH parts of the question 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
AM exam - Instructions to candidates
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.
The Institution is committed to competency and recognises the significant responsibility entrusted to structural engineers and the obligation placed on them to ensure the safety of all who use the structures they have designed. It also recognises increased specialisation within structural engineering and the need for individuals to demonstrate competence in those specialist areas.