Membership Top Tips & Advice


Achieving the Associate (ACIBSE) or Member (MCIBSE) grade with IEng or CEng registration is an important milestone in many CIBSE members’ careers. These well-recognised titles improve the employability and career prospects for engineers, demonstrating competence, knowledge, and commitment to employers and clients on an international level.

The application process can be daunting at first, so we’ve set up a number of support initiatives to guide applicants through the process from start to finish. From webinars to workshops, and application help surgeries, we are committed to supporting engineers to achieve their membership and professional registration goals.

We took the chance to ask some of our existing members and interviewers for their top tips and advice. Have you got your own advice to add? Leave them in the comments below.

"Becoming an Affiliate member is a good starting point, as it opens up all the benefits instantly, and can be done online. The Qualification Assessment can also be done to know if the educational criteria are met for IEng or CEng registration. Keep a record of all CPD hours that you may have done in the past, formally or informally, and keep yourself regularly updated by reading CIBSE/ other technical journals and publications”
Ekram Ali Syed CEng FCIBSE - Head of MEP & Sustainability

"It might look overwhelming at first, but if you break things into smaller tasks and keep taking little steps you will soon realise that it is all achievable. Some engineers avoid becoming chartered because they think they need to know all the answers prior to applying while missing the whole point of chartership. It is not about knowing it all, it is about you being on the right path and being able to find the answers when required."

Anastasija Taraneko – Mechanical Engineer, WSP

"Look at the examples of Engineering Practice Reports on the CIBSE website and write individual sections to illustrate each of the competencies, clearly responding to the description of each competence described in the CIBSE guidance notes. Use images, photographs, diagrams and charts to illustrate your report and support the individual competencies."
John Forster CEng FCIBSE – CIBSE Interviewer

"The way I found worked for me was to start work an hour early a few days each week....if I could get half a competency written each hour then I'd have two done a week without realising it and then they clock up fast! The phone interviewer session was probably the single biggest help for me, as it gives you the reassurance that you're on the right track"
Peter Mulvihill CEng MCIBSE

"The Membership Application Workshops gave me the exact thing I needed, and that was simply the initiative to start the Engineering Practice Report. The first paragraphs are the hardest to write and these workshops really got my report off the ground"

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