Membership grades & how to join

People of all ages and levels of experience apply for membership of ICE. There is a grade of membership to suit everyone’s needs. Our grades fully reflect the structure of today’s industry.

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ICE membership grades

ICE currently offers eight grades of membership:


    Joining as a student member is free and is the first step to becoming a professionally qualified civil engineer.


    Graduate membership of ICE is the ideal stepping stone to becoming a professionally qualified engineer.

    Technician Member

    Technician Membership (TMICE) of ICE can be awarded to a wide range of technicians practising in the broad area of civil engineering.

    Associate Member

    Associate Membership (AMICE) is open to a wide range of technical and scientific specialists who are engaged in activities or a profession that directly support or are closely allied with the work of a civil engineer operating in the built environment. 


    Membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE) can be awarded to a
    wide range of engineers practising in the broad area of civil engineering.


    Fellow is the highest grade of membership of the Institution and may be awarded if you are or have been engaged in a position of responsibility
    in the promotion, planning, design, construction, maintenance or management of important engineering work.


    If you work in a field associated with civil engineering, such as law and geology, or you are a civil engineer who is not pursuing a professional qualification with ICE you may be eligible to become an Affiliate member of ICE.


    If you work at the same level as a Fellow, but in a field relating to civil engineering rather than in civil engineering itself, you may be eligible to become a Companion of ICE.

    Registration options 

    Society for the Environment - Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv)

    Registration as a Chartered Environmentalist is with the Society of the Environment. The Society aspires to be the leading and co-ordinating professional body in environmental matters and a pre-eminent champion of a sustainable environment.


    Engineering Council Registration

    The Engineering Council sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of professional competence and ethics that govern the award and retention of Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Engineering Technician (EngTech).

    Details of the individual grades and the benefits of being a member are outlined within ICE 3000A.

Member Benefits

Stages to Membership



    Stage 1 - Educational Base

The starting point for any aspiring member will be their educational achievement. The educational base for each Membership grade is different and usually linked to a formal academic qualification. 

  • Stage 2 - Initial Professional Development (IPD)

Initial Professional Development (IPD) is the stage in your career where you develop the special skills and acquire the specialist knowledge and competence needed to practice as a civil engineer or technician. 

Stage 3 - Professional Review

The Professional Review is the third and final stage in becoming a Professionally Qualified Member.