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 from 2015.
NORTH THAMES EXAM PREPARATION COURSE BEGINS 22 FEBRUARY 2017
This 12 week course is run on Wednesday Evenings at Wylotts Centre, Potters Bar. For more details see the North Thames Regional Group web page.
UAE EXAM PREPARATION COURSE BEGINS 27 FEBRUARY 2017
This 6 module course runs between 27 February and 9 May 2017 at the American University in Dubai. For more details see this link
The Institution's two membership examinations (Chartered Member and Associate-Member) are held in a number of venues worldwide in January and July each year.
You can find out whether you are eligible to sit either examination by referring to the relevant membership pages.
The registration deadline for eligible members is usually four weeks prior to the examination dates.
Examination entry forms are sent to candidates during October (January examination) and May (July examination.
A candidate instruction letter containing your candidate number and details of your chosen venue will be posted to candidates at least two weeks prior to the examination date. The information is also emailed to every candidate.
Chartered Member Examination
Candidates must demonstrate the validity of the training and experience they've acquired. Examiners must be satisfied that the candidate has 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. Candidates 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 that the candidate 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.
A number of past papers are available to candidates. These provide valuable insight into the type of questions you may face in the exam.
Examination preparation materials
Work is underway to prepare the 2017 exam preparation materials, and these will be available online shortly. In the meantime, please make use of the past papers - the markers comments are also useful as these will give you some insight into the markers' views on how the questions were answered.
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. Candidates 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 the candidate's 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 whether the candidate is familiar with an Incorporated Engineer's normal responsibilities for managing and organising construction processes in a structural engineering office
Specialist Diploma Examinations
The Institution is launching Specialist Diploma Examinations in Seismic Engineering and Offshore Structural Engineering in 2017.
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.
Please read the Specialist Diploma Examinations FAQs for more information.
Please note: The Specialist Diplomas are not associated with routes to Institution membership.