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How to Become a Chartered Civil Engineer

Updated April 17, 2017

A chartered civil engineer is one who belongs to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), based in the United Kingdom. According to ICE's website, there were 79,432 members in 2006. Members can be students who are studying civil engineering or a similar program, graduates of such a program or people who are qualified professionally through being technicians or associates working in a field closely aligned with civil engineering. There are many ways to become a member of ICE to be a chartered civil engineer.

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  1. Earn either a master's degree in civil engineering or a bachelor's degree with honours from an accredited program. Go to the ICE website (see Resources) and fill out a member application. If you are accepted, you will be a graduate member of ICE.

  2. Practice as a civil engineer and gain experience. Find a mentor to help you meet your development objectives. As you work on learning more, you are in the initial professional development stage of becoming a chartered civil engineer.

  3. Submit your professional review application to ICE. Write an experience report and a project report. Schedule and attend a review and pass your written test. In addition, you will be asked to pay a yearly fee for membership.

  4. Tip

    Although the ICE is based out of the United Kingdom, there are over 150 countries with ICE chapters. Find your local chapter on the ICE website (see Resources).

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About the Author

Heather Finch has been a freelance writer since the turn of the 21st century. Her official career began during her freshman year of college writing editorials about anything from manners to politics. Writings by Finch have appeared in the Western Herald, the Sturgis Journal and She has a bachelor's degree in creative writing and environmental studies.

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