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.
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.
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
Work is under way to prepare the 2017 exam preparation CD, and this will be sent to candidates once they have registered for the Examination.
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. We are working on exam preparation materials for those who are unable to attend a course and hope to have this available shortly.
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. 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:
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.