About ICE

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a registered charity (no. 210252; no. SC038629 [Scotland]) that strives to promote and progress civil engineering.

ICE was founded in 1818 by a small group of idealistic young men. We were granted a royal charter in 1828 where we declared that our aim was to "foster and promote the art and science of civil engineering". That is still our aim today. Now the number of members has grown, and ICE represents around 80,000 members worldwide. You can read more about ICE's history here.

In short, we help civil engineers to shape the world

We do this by:

  • Being a qualifying body - providing an internationally recognised civil engineering qualification
  • Being a centre of excellence for civil engineering knowledge
  • Promoting the civil engineering profession by ensuring that everyone understands the positive impact that civil engineers have on society