How do I become Chartered?

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We want to make access to Chartered Membership as flexible as possible.

There are three main elements to becoming a Chartered Member of IStructE: academic qualifications, Initial Professional Development (IPD), and Professional Review.

The right qualifications

If you’re picking a degree, choose an accredited course if possible. If you’ve already graduated, you can check if your course is accredited and if not, contact our membership team to discuss your options.

Completing your IPD

You’ll need to demonstrate how you have satisfied 10 core objectives to qualify for Chartered Membership.

Passing your Professional Review 

You’ll need to pass our exam and interview to become a Chartered Member.

Other routes to Chartered Membership

We want to make Chartered Membership as accessible as possible, recognising that IPD can be demonstrated through membership of other professional organisations, extensive industry experience, and accomplishment in research.

That's why we offer a number of other routes to membership.

Mutual Recognition Route

If you are CEng registered with any of the following:

or CPEng registered with

  • The Structural College with Engineers Australia - candidates must have undertaken an assessment in the Structural Engineering discipline. Membership of the Structural College through affiliation is not accepted.
  • Engineering New Zealand

you can apply to sit our Chartered Membership exam without the requirement to demonstrate your IPD or undergo a Professional Review interview.

If you are either of the following, please contact the membership team to further discuss the steps you will need to take towards professional registration:

  • Registered as a Professional Engineer (in the Civil Engineering discipline) with the Professional Engineers Board Singapore (PEB) in accordance with the Engineering Profession Act, 2000
  • A member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and have been assessed in the Structural Discipline via the standard route

Your application for the Mutual Recognition Agreement must contain the following documents, which need to be uploaded when completing the online process:

  • Copy of your membership certificate from the Institution with which IStructE has an agreement
  • Copy of your Engineering Council registration certificate confirming your Chartered registration (if applying through a UK engineering institution)
  • Copy of your professional status certificate (eg CPEng status) in host country or membership of a particular discipline/college
  • A recent (not older than 3 months) original letter from the other Institution confirming your membership and good standing, acceptability of your academic qualifications and that you were admitted to professional membership through their standard procedures (i.e. not through a mutual agreement with another organisation)
  • Copy of degree certificates. If you do not meet our academic requirements, we may ask you to undergo an academic assessment
  • A CV detailing recent experience in the profession, including details of company names, addresses, dates of employment and positions held

Applying for MIStructE by mutual recognition agreement

Complete the online application process for Chartered Membership and select the MRA route option. You'll be required to provide any supporting documentation from your selected institution.


Research and development route

If you can provide evidence of important structural engineering research, or original development work, carried out over a sustained period, you can apply to take a research and development review instead of our Chartered Membership exam.

You will still have to demonstrate that you have completed your IPD, pass a Professional Review interview, and satisfy the academic requirements for the Member grade. If you are applying in 2023, you will need to submit your final report forms and portfolio based on the 13 IPD core objectives. The required forms and guidance are available to download below.


Application fee: £115
Interview fee: £195
Assessment fee: £115


Apply for MIStructE by research and development route

Fill out our form and return it to us with the relevant documentation.


When you are ready to apply for the Professional Review Interview, submit your documents here.

Apply for the PRI


Research and development route information

Read our guidance if you're considering the research and development route.

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