Training and development

Training and development

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The Institution offers grants, training and resources that aid your professional development, helping you work towards professional membership and continue to progress your career.

The Institution is dedicated to providing first class support for its members - helping you develop your full potential throughout your engineering career.

Professional development

In order to achieve one of the Institution's professional membership grades (CharteredAssociate-MemberTechnician) a programme of Initial Professional Development (IPD) must first be undertaken.

Candidates working towards one of these qualifications may also benefit from mentoring.

Having attained one of these grades, members must complete a specified amount of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) each year. All CPD undertaken must be reported to the Institution annually.


Professional registration

Chartered, Associate-Members and Technician Members can also apply to become professionally registered with the Engineering Council and benefit from the use of the CEng, IEng or EngTech designatory titles as appropriate.

With the increasing importance of global recognition of engineering qualifications, the Institution also has several Mutual Recognition Agreements that ensure your qualifications are recognised by employers worldwide.

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Initial Professional Development (IPD)

IPD is part of your journey towards professional membership of the Institution.

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

CPD is the way you maintain development after attaining professional membership.

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Membership exams

If you apply for Chartered or Associate-Membership you will need to sit an exam which assesses your suitability for the MIStructE and AMIStructE designations.

Oli Broadent at the 2018 Young Engineers Conference


We want to be your first port of call for Continuing Professional Development courses, covering your career from graduation to senior management.

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Qualifications and registrations

We offer a range of qualifications and registrations to help with your professional development needs. We have options for graduates, employers and experienced engineers looking for recognition of their specialism.


Apply for grants

We support important structural engineering research with a number of annual grants. Apply for funding to support your research.

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Enter awards

Our awards recognise outstanding projects, professionalism and commitment to the Institution. 

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Are you looking for a mentor to help you with your professional opportunities and challenges? If so, then we can help you find one.

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