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IPD is a record of your working life that demonstrates you have acquired the experience, knowledge and skills that are needed to practice as a structural engineer.
To complete your IPD you need to demonstrate that you have satisfied our 13 core objectives (12 if you’re applying for Technician Membership).
You will also need to provide a portfolio of your work.
We will then assess your IPD through a Professional Review interview (an Interview may not be required if you are applying for Technician Membership).
There is no set time period in which you should expect to complete your IPD, but most members do so after at least four years’ workplace experience.
The objectives for Chartered and Associate-Members cover personal (1.0), engineering (2.0) and management (3.0) skills.
There is a slightly different set of core objectives for Technician Members.
You need to demonstrate the following standards for the relevant objective:
Appreciation – general appreciation of subject and its integration with other subjects
Knowledge – understanding of the subject and its application
Experience – able to perform independently or under supervision
Ability – able to perform independently
Explore our information downloads to determine how to meet your objectives.
You demonstrate that you have satisfied our core objectives by completing and submitting IPD final report forms along with a portfolio of work.
You’re responsible for managing your own training with the assistance of a mentor.
You keep records of your training and experience using our IPD quarterly report form and progress summary record. You have regular meetings with your mentor to review your progress.
Once you have satisfied our objectives you complete and submit your final report forms, your quarterly report forms, your progress summary records and your portfolio of work.
Accredited Training Scheme
You are already following a comparable professional development scheme accredited by ICE or HKIE.
You submit your full training records and portfolio of work to demonstrate how you satisfy our core objectives.
When you're ready to apply for professional membership you'll need to fill out IPD final report forms for each of your core objectives.
If you're following the Individually Managed route you'll need to complete a quarterly report form and progress summary record too. All forms are available as downloads below.
Your portfolio illustrates how your work and experience have helped you meet your core objectives.
It should include examples of your work from a variety of projects. The portfolio must be sub-divided into the core objectives, with the evidence provided relating specifically to an objective.
The portfolio should be A4 size and not more than 40 mm (single-sided) or 25 mm (double-sided) in thickness, excluding the folder/binding. The font size should be no smaller than Arial 9.
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"The certificate helped me improve my skills in approximate analysis and drawing force diagrams." Hemant Gor, Graduate Member
Videos and sample answers provide an accessible, flexible way to prepare for our Chartered Membership exam.
All members of the Institution of Structural Engineers should subscribe to the Statement of Ethical Principles.
Provides an overview of whistleblowing and how to raise a concern.
The following example scenarios were designed to test your understanding of how to manage ethical issues.