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Certificate in Structural Behaviour

Certificate in Structural Behaviour

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Take a step closer to becoming professionally qualified. Graduate members who pass this exam can use the GIStructE designation.

Kick start your career and get closer to professional registration with the Certificate in Structural Behaviour. 

The certificate is an internationally recognised mark of competence that proves you have the skills valued by employers: fundamental knowledge and understanding of structural behaviour, including trusses, beams, plasticity, and dynamics. 

The certificate also contributes to your Initial Professional Development (IPD) and Professional Review Interview (PRI)

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Achieve our new GIStructE designation

Graduate Members who pass the CiSB exam are eligible to use our new GIStructE designation.

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How does it work?

To attain the certificate you must pass a two hour, online exam. The exam is invigilated by TestReach and comprises 20 multiple choice questions similar to the popular  Structural Behaviour Quiz

Once you have booked on for the exam you have 45 days in which to sit it. You can take the exam anywhere with an internet connection, choosing from a wide variety of dates/times to suit your availability.

The pass mark is 70%.

Certificate exam fee

Student Members: £75

Graduate Members: £85

Other grades of membership: £150

Non-members: £200

Re-sit fee: £50

Once you have booked your exam online you will instantly get free access to the structural behaviour quiz.

We will contact you within a few days with details of how to select your exam date.

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Benefits for Graduate Members: 


Achieve our new GIStructE designation - demonstrate to employers, colleagues, clients and the public that you have an exceptional understanding of structural behaviour.

Looks great on the CV – the certificate shows employers you have successfully transferred your skills and knowledge into the workplace.

Complete your IPD - the certificate contributes to Core Objectives 3 and 4.

Free access to the Structural Behaviour Quiz when you register for the certificate exam.

Discounts on Graduate Membership fees for eligible members.

Hemant Gor, Chartered Member

"The certificate helped me improve my skills in approximate analysis, drawing bending moments and force diagrams. As a result, I was given the opportunity to work on new multibillion-dollar projects."

Benefits for Student Members: 


Kick start your career – the certificate shows employers you have the skills, knowledge and passion required.

Level playing field - it doesn’t matter where you studied or the accreditation of your degree, the certificate is recognised as proof of your competence by employers worldwide.

Extra year of free Graduate membership, plus further subscription discounts (for eligible members).

Get a head start on your IPD - contribute to Core Objectives 3 and 4, and take a step towards professional registration before you’ve even finished your studies.

Tarun Mittal, Student Member

"It's the only qualification that gives students the opportunity to achieve professional goals during their higher education. It gave me an extra edge over other candidates and helped me get a new job."

Benefits for employers

Get your employees closer to professional registration - the certificate contributes directly to their IPD.

Great for staff retention - the certificate is an easy way to provide your employees with training and support.

Seamless understanding - by signing up multiple employees, you'll ensure consistency of skills and knowledge across your team.

Cost-effective - when you sign up your employees, they'll get free access to the Structural Behaviour Quiz so they can practise.

Bulk discount - get a discount on exam licence fees when you sign up multiple employees.

Membership fees - eligible members are entitled to substantial discounts on their Graduate Membership fees.

Contact [email protected] for more information.

Ian Craig, Director at Evolve

“As part of Evolve’s career development process, we include the certificate on a checklist of targets designed to aid quick progression from Graduate to Project Engineer. It demonstrates that the mechanics learned at university have been developed and successfully transferred into the working environment.”

Free Structural Behaviour Quiz


"Have a go as often as you like"

The course consists of a 20 question online quiz which assesses elements of structural behaviour.

Return and take the quiz as many times as you like, developing confidence and a firm knowledge.

The quiz draws on a bank of over 200 questions, including trusses, beams, plasticity, and dynamics.

You'll receive feedback on your answers allowing you to learn from your mistakes.

Don't forget, if you're a Student Member or Graduate Member you already have free access to the quiz.

Structural Behaviour Quiz 


Corina-Elena Robea GIStructE, Graduate Member

"Practising for the exam using the Certificate in Structural Behaviour showed my strengths and the areas that required improvement. It was a good way to re-learn fundamental skills that had become rusty from using so much software day-to-day."

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