Transition to Member (Chartered)

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When you have developed your career to a certain stage, you can apply for a professional review: the last step to Chartered Membership.

Complete your Initial Professional Development (IPD)

While you’re a Graduate Member, take time to record all your activities and experience.

When you have completed your IPD - this normally takes around four years - you can apply to become a Member of IStructE through a professional review, which will assess your experience, skills and knowledge.


Confirm your academic base

You may need to confirm your degree meets our requirements for the Member grade. We’re happy to help you if you have questions about your qualifications.


Prepare for your professional review

It’s not easy to pass the Professional Review. That’s because Chartered Membership is one of the world’s most widely acknowledged markers of technical and professional excellence. Get as prepared as you can:

  • Study useful resources like past papers and exam tips
  • Attend an exam preparation course
  • Network via your Regional Group with others at a similar career stage 
Professional review format:

The review has two parts: 

The interview - application deadlines are 1 April and 1 September each year.

The exam - these are in January and July each year (unless advertised otherwise).

You can apply to take either the interview or exam first, at whatever time suits you best. 

If you fail the first part (say, the interview) you can still go on to attempt the next part (the exam) and try the interview again at the next opportunity.

If you have passed your exam first, the result stands permanently. 

If you have passed your interview first, you are beholden to the three- and five-year Professional Review rules which can be found in the Candidate Guidance and Information document. If you are eligible for the Associate grade and are elected after passing the interview, you are no longer beholden to these rules and your result will not expire whilst you remain a member of the Institution.

Costs of professional review:

Application: £115

Interview: £195

Exam: £495

  • Professional Review Interview results are released monthly 
  • January exam results are released in April
  • July exam results are released in October
When you pass your review:

When you pass both elements of your professional review you will be elected as a Chartered Structural Engineer at the next meeting of the Membership Committee.

You should wait no longer than nine months to be elected. We will contact you to let you know when you can start using the MIStructE designation after your name.