Chartered Member - MIStructE

Qualifying as a Chartered Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers is a demonstration of personal achievement and professional competence. Chartered Members enjoy the full range of membership benefits including the formal recognition of professional status by being entitled to use the designation MIStructE.

MIStructE is recognised by employers as an individual's commitment to professional excellence, and as a qualification it is an international passport to practice. MIStructE automatically qualifies the holder to register as a qualified structural engineer in an increasing number of countries where such registration is a standard requirement.

To become a Chartered Member you will have to meet the following criteria:

  • Hold either an Institution-accredited degree in civil or structural engineering, or an Institution-approved equivalent qualification. For details refer to the academic requirements for Chartered Membership.
  • Successfully complete the Institution's Initial Professional Development (IPD), which consist of 13 core objectives set to bridge the gap between education and becoming a Chartered Member.
  • Attend and pass both parts of the Professional Review: Professional Review Interview (PRI) and the seven hour Chartered Membership Examination. Candidates can choose the order in which they sit the Exam and Interview. 
Alternative routes to Chartered Membership

There are three alternative routes to Chartered Membership:

  • Mutual Recognition Agreement Route. Mutual recognition agreements are in place with a number of international organisations. These agreements are intended to encourage, enable and extend professional, social and commercial links; and to assist in advancing the mobility of engineering practitioners and the quality of engineering practice globally.
  • Research and Development Route. The Research and Development route is specifically intended for candidates who have gained their experience of structural engineering mainly through research and development activity.
  • AM to CM Bridging Route. The main difference between the standard route and the AM to CM Bridging Route is that candidates do not have to satisfy the academic base for Chartered membership i.e. an accredited MEng degree or the equivalent.

Mandatory reporting of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

All members elected to a professional grade (Technician, Associate-Member, Associate, Chartered Member, Fellow) must comply with the Institution’s mandatory reporting of CPD policy.

2019 fees

  • Application fee: £95 (payable on submission of EOI Form)
  • Interview fee (Individually Managed/Accredited Training Scheme/Retrospectively Collated): £175
  • Late application fee: £175
  • Examination fee: £455
  • Annual subscription: £341

Engineering Council fees (optional):

  • Registration for CEng £51.90
  • CEng (if already CEng registered): £39.90

How to apply

To apply for Chartered membership, you will need to complete one of the following documents and submit the relevant supporting documentation as listed on the application together with the appropriate fees:

  • Form EOI (CM) (for candidates following the standard route or Associate-Member to Chartered Member Route)
  • Form M/MRA (for those registered with an organisation with which the Institution has a Mutual Recognition Agreement)
  • Form M/R (for those applying through the Research and Development Route)
  • Chartered Member Initial Professional Development (IPD) forms are available here

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