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Member Grade

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

  • 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 MCIBSE 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 MCIBSE.

Candidates who meet the academic standard for Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng) can apply for registration with the Engineering Council. Please note applicants can still achieve MCIBSE without the exemplifying qualifications if they have the relevant experience.

Standard/Alternative Route

This route requires candidates to demonstrate their competence through the submission of an engineering practice report (and supplementary documentation), followed by an interview assessment.

There are two UK application closing dates per year, 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


Technical Report Route

This is the second stage of the Alternative Route for those that don't hold the required academic qualifications for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration with the Engineering Council (UK). Once you have gained MCIBSE you can go through our Technical Report Route (TRR) to gain CEng registration.

Engineering Council Registration Only

This is the second stage of the Alternative route for those who have undertaken appropriate further learning to Masters level and wish to apply for Chartered Engineer (CEng) Registration. You must currently hold MCIBSE to gain this registration with the Engineering Council.

Fast Track Routes

The following routes are for indviduals that have already demonstrated their competence with another recognised engineering authority. An interview is not required for the routes below, therefore applications can be submitted at any time during the year.

CEng Route

If you already hold Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration with the Engineering Council, you may be able to apply for MCIBSE via our fast-track route. Applicants are asked to demonstrate their competence at Chartered Engineer 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.


Watch a 4 minute presentation on the requirements here.

ASHRAE members who hold professional engineering designations can now apply for Member of CIBSE via an accelerated route. Likewise, CIBSE members can fast-track into ASHRAE membership without undergoing ASHRAE's admissions and advancement review. More information is available on our CIBSE/ASHRAE Route webpage.

European Directive Route

Watch a 5 minute presentation on the requirements here.

The European Directive Route is open to those who are already registered as a professional engineer by a recognised European Engineering Institution and who wish to join CIBSE at the Member grade. Applicants must demonstrate their competence at Chartered Engineer level in the Building Services Engineering field.

Mutual Recognition Route

Watch a 3 minute presentation on the requirements here.

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

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.