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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.

Note: If you have already submitted your application by email to membership-apps@cibse.org, you are not required to re-submit your application online. Please do not submit your application more than once.

Before applying online:
​Please ensure you have the following documents (in separate files) as you will be required to provide and submit them online. Please see factsheet F20 for details on the requirements and factsheet F21 for the competence criteria:

  • Qualification Certificates (and Transcripts) in English, signed by your sponsor
  • 4000-5000 word Engineering Practice Report
  • CV
  • Organisational Chart – clearly indicating your position within your company
  • Development Action Plan
  • FCIBSE/FCIBSE CEng Demonstration of Competencies statement – completed by your sponsor
  • Sponsor’s name and email
  • Your ID (passport, driver’s licence, national identity card)
  • Debit or credit card – the application fee and interview fee will be payable at the final stage of your online application. The application fee will be waived for current CIBSE members, please ensure your current membership subscription fee has been paid. Please see www.cibse.org/fees for our current application, interview, subscription and EC registration fees

Apply online using the link(s) below:

Application for FCIBSE/FCIBSE CEng

Once you have clicked the link to the appropriate application form, you will be prompted to sign in or register for a MyCIBSE user account before proceeding to our online application form. If you are new to CIBSE, please continue to register as a new user.
 
Please do not register for a new account if you:

  • Are a current CIBSE member
  • Are a previous CIBSE member
  • Have previously set up an account to make any purchases from CIBSE or CIBSE Services e.g. publications, event tickets or registration, training courses etc.

You should log in using your existing MyCIBSE account. If you have any issues logging in, please contact the Membership Department.

Please refer to the following documents to help with your application:

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. We strongly advise that you contact membership@cibse.org before you submit your application so we can double check that all requirements have been met. 

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.

Before applying online:
Please ensure you have the following documents (in separate files) as you will be required to provide and submit them online. Once you have clicked the link to the appropriate application form, you will be required to sign in using your existing MyCIBSE account:

  • Qualification Certificates (and Transcripts) in English, signed by your sponsor
  • 4000-5000 word Engineering Practice Report
  • CV
  • Organisational Chart – clearly indicating your position within your company
  • Development Action Plan
  • Demonstration of Competencies – completed by your sponsor
  • Sponsor’s name and email
  • Your ID (passport, driver’s licence, national identity card)
  • Debit or credit card – the interview fee will be payable at the final stage of your online application. Please ensure your current membership subscription fee has been paid. Please see www.cibse.org/fees for our current application, interview, subscription and EC registration fees

Application for CEng registration only


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
  • Engineering 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.