How do I become Chartered?

We want to make access to Chartered Membership as flexible as possible.

There are three main elements to becoming a Chartered Member of IStructE: academic qualifications, Initial Professional Development (IPD), and Professional Review.

The right qualifications

If you’re picking a degree, choose an accredited course if possible. If you’ve already graduated, you can check if your course is accredited and if not, contact our membership team to discuss your options.

Completing your IPD

You’ll need to demonstrate how you have satisfied 13 core objectives to qualify for Chartered Membership.

Passing your Professional Review 

You’ll need to pass our exam and interview to become a Chartered Member.


Other routes to Chartered Membership

We want to make Chartered Membership as accessible as possible, recognising that IPD can be demonstrated through membership of other professional organisations, extensive industry experience, and accomplishment in research.

That's why we offer a number of other routes to membership.


Mutual Recognition Route

If you are CEng registered with any of the following: 


  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Engineers Ireland
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers 
  • Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers
  • Royal Institution of Naval Architects
  • Royal Aeronautical Society
  • Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology


or CPEng registered with 


  • The Structural College with Engineers Australia 
  • Engineering New Zealand


you can apply to sit our Chartered Membership exam without the requirement to demonstrate your IPD or undergo a Professional Review interview.


Applying for MIStructE by mutual recognition agreement

Complete the online application process for Chartered Membership and select the MRA route option. You'll be required to provide any supporting documentation from your selected institution.


Research and development route

If you can provide evidence of important structural engineering research, or original development work, carried out over a sustained period, you can apply to take a research and development review instead of our Chartered Membership exam.

You will still have to demonstrate that you have completed your IPD, pass a Professional Review interview, and satisfy the academic requirements for the Member grade.


Application fee: £105
Interview fee: £185
Assessment fee: £100


Apply for MIStructE by research and development route

Fill out our form and return it to us with the relevant documentation.


Research and development route information

Read our guidance if you're considering the research and development route.

Brief Overview
IPD Guidance

Explore our training, events and resources to support you throughout your career and membership journey.