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Fellow Grade

Fellowship is the most senior grade of CIBSE membership and as such you will have:

  • reached a position of superior responsibility
  • accountability for decisions on the design, management and financial implications of engineering projects.
  • proven expertise in one or more specialist sectors
  • an understanding of the broad field of building services engineering.

The work of an FCIBSE is characterised by the ability to develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change. You may:

  • be engaged in an operations or maintenance role
  • be a leader of a research or development team
  • be a practicing academic teaching to degree level
  • develop and apply new technologies
  • promote advanced designs and design methods
  • introduce new and more efficient production techniques, marketing and construction concepts
  • pioneer new engineering services and management methods.

Eligibility for FCIBSE requires you to be engaged in technical and commercial leadership and possess effective interpersonal skills. You will exhibit a personal and professional commitment to society, to your profession, and to the environment. This grade is achievable if you can demonstrate that you have the required professional experience and competence for FCIBSE.

There are two UK application closing dates per year for new applicants, February and August. Applications will be accepted throughout the year, however, interviews will be held during two designated interview periods each year. (April / May & October / November).

Overseas interviews will be held throughout the year therefore closing dates do not apply for candidates based outside the UK.

Factsheets and Application Forms

Member to Fellow Transfer

If you are transferring from Member (MCIBSE) to Fellow (FCIBSE) you can submit your application anytime throughout the year. You will not be required to attend an interview for this transfer.

Technical Report Route

If you do not hold the required academic qualifications for CEng registration with the Engineering Council (UK) once you have gained MCIBSE you can go through our Technical Report Route (TRR) to become registered.

Engineering Council Registration Only

This route is available to those who have undertaken further learning and wish to apply for CEng Registration. You must currently hold FCIBSE to gain this registration with the Engineering Council.

CEng Route

If you already hold CEng registration with the Engineering Council AND a Fellow with another Institution, you may be able to apply for FCIBSE via our fast track route. Applicants are asked to demonstrate their competence at CEng level in the building services engineering field through the submission of a 2000 word competence statement and supporting documentation.
Once you have submitted your application it will be reviewed by our staff and then sent to the Membership Panel for a final verdict. The Panel meet once every two months to assess applications.

Mutual Recognition Route

The Mutual Recognition Route is a fast-track route to membership that is open to full members of the following institutions:

  • Engineers Ireland
  • Engineers Australia
  • The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
  • The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand
  • The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka

Applicants must have undertaken a Professional Review interview for the building services engineering discipline and have gained membership of that Institution via the normal qualifying route. In addition, a FEANI or Washington Accord accredited qualification is required.