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.
The Chartered Membership Exam
The next available sitting for the Chartered Membership Examination is 3 January 2019
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.
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.
You will be sent an Exam Entry Form during October (for the January Examination) or at the beginning of May (for the July Examination).
You will also be sent an Exam Entry Form if you are resitting the Exam or if you have passed the PRI under the Institution's previous Professional Review process.
Submit your completed Exam Entry Form at least four weeks before the exam date (this is clearly stated on the Form).
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 you prepare for the Examination. This will be sent to you once you have made your payment and your place has been confirmed.
You 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
Other organisations provide advice in print and online regarding the Chartered Membership Examination. You may find these resources helpful, but should bear in mind that the Institution is not involved in reviewing or authorising such material.
These reports were prepared by former Marking Examiners and provide helpful advice into what the markers are looking for:
The Associate-Membership Exam
The next available sitting for the Associate-Membership Examination is 4 July 2019
The Associate-Membership Exam is held once a year in July.
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:
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. These are available in both the January and July Examination cycles.