Transforming accessibility to Chartered membership for professionals around the world.

Published: 22/01/2016

The Institution is transforming accessibility to Chartered membership and its sought-after “MIStructE” post nominal.

All professional engineers must satisfy demanding knowledge and competence criteria, tested by their peers at an interview, in order to call themselves chartered professionals. Going beyond the minimum standards required, this Institution additionally insists on its members passing a challenging seven-hour written examination.

The Institution has reviewed how engineers might satisfy the knowledge component of their formation and in doing so has broadened access to the Chartered Member Exam and simplified what can appear as convoluted routes to becoming a Chartered Structural Engineer. The Institution has announced that whilst continuing to require its members to pass the same testing interview and Examination it has removed some of the unnecessary hurdles candidates currently have to jump before taking the Exam.

This will mean that although the Institution still requires evidence of Masters Level learning, candidates holding an accredited BEng (Hons)* degree, can now demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and competence by passing the rigorous Examination, which is acknowledged as exceeding Masters standard.

The benefits of this approach will transform accessibility to the profession and provide the opportunity for talented individuals, irrespective of background or circumstance, to become Chartered Members of the Institution, where the Examination and interview are the final arbiters of demonstrating knowledge and professional competence.

The format and standard of the Institution’s Professional Review Interview and Chartered Membership Exam remain unchanged.

Martin Powell, Chief Executive of the Institution of Structural Engineers, said:

”Our new approach will transform accessibility to Chartered membership, while leaving the rigour of our professional competence assessment unchanged.

“The Institution believes that transforming accessibility will encourage more young engineers to become professionally qualified and that this will be of continuing benefit to the public’s trust in structural engineers, who are the guardians of public safety in the built environment.”

Darren Byrne, Director of Membership and Education, said:

“It has been recognised for some years that the knowledge/understanding at Masters Level required for Chartered membership may be gained through formal education e.g. an accredited MEng degree, but also through experiential learning tested through a Technical Report Route. The Institution’s decision to use the Chartered Membership Examination as a way of testing experiential learning beyond the BEng(Hons)* degree removes the unnecessary duplication that had become part of the qualifying process.

“Expanding access to the Exam to BEng (Hons)* holders helps us better align UK applicants with those from other nations, while maintaining our interview and Exam as one of the most demanding assessments of knowledge and professional competence in the world.”

If you have questions about Chartered membership contact membership@istructe.org

A series of helpful FAQs is available here.

* Bachelors (Hons) degree accredited as partially satisfying the academic requirements for Chartered membership.

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