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Incorporated-Membership to Chartered Membership supplementary exam

Incorporated-Membership to Chartered Membership supplementary exam

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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 Incorporated-Membership to Chartered Membership supplementary exam is open to all Incorporated-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.

Apply to sit the exam

Bookings for the exam are now closed.

Current Incorporated-Members are able to apply to start the process at any time of the year. As part of the Chartership process you will need to complete an Expression of Interest form.

Once processed you will be sent an email with details of how to register for your exam online. Here you will be able to choose your preferred venue and make your exam payment to confirm your place. A fee of £250 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.  

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 (54 marks) 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. Sustainability must be used as a key criterion for scheme selection.

Part b (20 marks) requires you to identify and prepare appropriate drawings to indicate the critical structural details.

Part c (8 marks) asks you to prepare design calculations to establish the form, size, and approximate A1-A3 carbon footprint for twi principal structural elements.

Full details on the exam requirements can be found in the Exam Preparation Guidance.
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Tuesday 21 January 2025
Tuesday 15 July 2025

Exam Fee - £250

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