Examination

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.

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Chartered Membership Examination - Thursday 4 January 2018

Entry to the January 2018 Examination is now closed.  Candidates should ensure payment is made before 09:00 (UK time) on 1 December 2017 to confirm their booking for the examination.

Applications

Examination entry forms are sent to eligible candidates during October (January examination) and 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 the candidate number and details of the chosen venue will be posted to candidates 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 Member Examination

Candidates must demonstrate the validity of the training and experience they have 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.

Advice from successful candidates

We asked candidates who passed the January 2017 Chartered Membership Examination for "Top Tips" to help future candidates.  Their responses can be see in this article.
 

Past papers

A number of past papers and some possible solutions are available to candidates.  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, and this will be sent to candidates once they have made their payment and their place has been confirmed. 
 
We have compiled 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 we do recommend attending one of these courses if possible. 
 

Examiner guidance

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

Further information

Associate-Member Examination

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

  • 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 will be 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.

Please read the Specialist Diploma Examinations FAQs for more information.
 
Please note: The Specialist Diplomas are not associated with routes to Institution membership.

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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