Chartered Membership exam

The exam is one of two essential elements in our Professional Review process. It is the final assessment of your suitability for the widely respected MIStructE designation.

The Chartered Membership exam is one of two essential elements you must complete to become a Member of the Institution, the other is the Professional Review interview.

You can attempt the exam before or after your interview - whichever option suits you best.


What’s involved?

The exam assesses the validity of your training and experience. Our examiners need to be satisfied that you have:

  • An understanding of structural engineering principles
  • An ability to initiate and communicate structural design
  • An ability to provide effective and viable solutions to a structural design problem


Exam format

The exam is seven hours long.

You must choose one question from a choice of five. All questions have two sections and both parts of the question must be satisfactorily answered to achieve a pass:

Section 1 (50% of total mark) requires you to prepare a design appraisal with appropriate sketches indicating two distinct and viable solutions for the proposed structure, including the foundations. You are required to indicate the functional framing, load transfer, serviceability and stability aspects of each scheme. You must then appraise the schemes, identify the preferred solution and give reasons for your choice. Finally, you will write a letter to the client outlining design implications arising from a change in the client’s brief.

Section 2 (50% of total mark) requires you to provide sufficient design calculations to establish the form and size of all the principal structural elements, including the foundations. You must prepare general arrangement drawings and finally prepare a detailed method statement for the safe construction of the works and outline a construction programme.


Apply to sit the exam

Just submit an Expression of Interest form at least three months before the exam date to register your interest.

Once processed you will be sent an exam entry form and candidate instructions by the end of October (for the January exam) or by the end of April (for the July exam). You will also be sent an exam entry form if you are re-sitting the exam. A fee is applicable for each exam attempt.

Two weeks before the exam you will receive your candidate number and details of your chosen venue, along with a few final reminders for the day.

This information is sent to you by email, so please ensure your contact details are up to date in My Account.  


Monday 27 September 2021 (entry forms issued 30 June 2021)

Thursday 3 March 2022 (entry forms issued 7 January 2022)

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