Associate-Membership to Chartered Membership supplementary 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 Associate-Membership to Chartered Membership supplementary exam is open to all Associate-Members of the Institution and is one of two essential elements you must complete to become a Chartered Member of the Institution. You will also need to pass the Chartered Membership 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 three and a half hours long.

You must choose one question from a choice of three. All questions have three parts broken down as follows:

Part a (60% of total mark) requires you to prepare a design appraisal with appropriate sketches indicating two distinct and viable solutions for the proposed structure including foundations. These solutions must include appropriate concept calculations to justify each scheme. You must indicate clearly the functional framing, load transfer and stability aspects of each scheme. Finally, you are asked to review and critically appraise the schemes, and identify the solution you recommend, giving reasons for your choice.

Part b (20% of total mark) requires you to identify and prepare appropriate drawings to indicate the critical structural details.

Part c (20% of total mark) asks you to prepare an outline construction programme which must reflect the method of construction and key activities.


Apply to sit the exam

Current Associate-Members will be sent an entry form two months before the exam. As part of the Chartereship process you will also need to complete an Expression of Interest form.

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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Candidates sit our exam all over the world. We will try and find a convenient location for you.

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Sample Paper

The following sample paper has been produced to assist you with preparation for the exam.

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