Grades of Membership
There are five main grades of membership of the Institution-Student, Graduate, Member, and Fellow. Each requires a different combination of education, experience and professional qualifications. A fifth-grade Companion-is designed to attract candidates from other professionals in the Building Industry.
Student Membership of the Institution is open to anyone over 17 years of age and studying Civil or, Structural Engineering. Usually, this will be via a Degree/HND (Higher Diploma) course in Civil/Structural Engineering leading to qualification as Graduate Member. There are no entrance fees for Students or an annual subscription for those studying for up to five years on a full-time accredited course. Those on accredited part-time study pay a reduced Student subscription.
If you are pursuing the route to full Membership, depending upon your qualifications, you may require to remain a Graduate Member until you pass the required examination.
Graduate Membership of the Institution is open to those aged at least 21 years who have satisfied the Institution’s academic requirement. As a Student Member, you can apply to transfer to graduate Membership after obtaining an accredited degree, or equivalent. Graduates who were not Student Members must apply for direct election to Graduate Membership. Depending upon your degree and your career plans, matching programmes of study, if required, will be available for you to progress to Member.
There are three routes to Associate – Membership: in the first two, a minimum age limit of 23 applies. You are required to take a Professional Review. This involves an interview with senior Institution members and, if successful, you may then:
- Sit the Associate – Membership written examination
- Have published research work assessed and accepted
- Take the Associate –member oral examination if you are aged 35 or over.
The Candidate must be at least 25 years of age and must have an academic qualification(s) that is registrable with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
Such qualifications include B. Sc/B.Tech/B. Eng. And HND (with PGD) in Civil/Structural Engineering or any other cognate qualifications acceptable to COREN.
Also, the candidate required to take a Professional Review. This involves an interview with senior Institution members and, if successful, you may.
- Sit the Chartered Membership (Part 3) examination
- Have published research work assessed instead of sitting the examination one other special route to Corporate Membership is available.
- By entry via Membership of Institution of Structural Engineers of Great Britain.
Election as a Member of the Institution confers the right to the title of Corporate Member.
If you are over 35 years and a Graduate Member with at least 15 years experience in appointments of increasing responsibility and if your competence is comparable to your Corporate Member contemporaries, you may apply to take the Corporate Membership Professional Review (Interview and Corporate Membership (Part 3) examination).
First, your application form along with details of experience will be assessed. If there are acceptable, you will be required to take a Professional Review Interview. If successful in the Interview, you will be eligible to sit the Corporate Membership (Part 3) examination. Upon passing the examination you will be transferred to Member and will be entitled to be called a Corporate Member of the Institution.
- Alternative Routes to Membership via Research and the Mature Candidate are available
- Associate Members over 35 who can demonstrate the IPD (Corporate Members) core objectives and evidence of CPD may apply for approval to sit the Corporate Membership (part 3) Examination
Transferring from Member to Fellow:
To be eligible to apply to transfer from Member to Fellow, you must demonstrate at least five years’ appropriate experience since the election to Membership. This experience must have been gained in positions where you were personally responsible for design in, executing, promoting or practising important Structural Engineering works. You must be at least 35, employed in a position of appropriate responsibility, and able to demonstrate an appropriate period of CPD.
Applications for direct entry to Fellowship are normally by invitation. To qualify, you must be at least 45 and possess the academic qualifications for Corporate Membership. Furthermore, you must either have made some noteworthy contribution to the science of Structural Engineering or have materially advanced from the technical viewpoint. You must also occupy such an eminent position in the profession of Structural Engineering that direct admission, as a Fellow would, in Council’s opinion, advance the interest of the Institution.
Any eminent or distinguished person who shall have rendered or who may be in a position to render to Structural Engineering or to the Institution of election to honorary membership or whose membership is considered by Council to be desirable in the interest of Structural Engineering or the Institution.
The Companion grade of Membership was established to attract candidates in allied professions – such as Architecture, Building Technology and Materials Science- who are interested in Structural Engineering and who associate, or wish to associate, with the Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers members, but who cannot meet the rules of entry to any of the Institution membership grade. Although candidates for Companion are normally invited to join, they may apply directly.