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What is ICE?

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a global membership organisation that promotes and advances civil engineering around the world.

The ICE is the main qualifying body for civil engineering, a centre for the exchange of specialist knowledge and a provider of resources to encourage innovation and excellence in the profession, worldwide.

With nearly 80,000 members worldwide, ICE ensures that the professional high standards needed to become a civil engineer are met.

ICE works with the businesses that employ civil engineers and the schools and universities that educate them. This helps to encourage more young people to consider entering the profession and to make sure that their education and training are of the highest possible standard, promoting excellence in the profession.

ICE talks to national and local government and to the media. The Institution’s experts give informed comments to journalists, politicians and the public. They talk and write about how civil engineering affects people around the world.

ICE’s opinions are respected because of the professional experience that supports them. ICE encourages knowledge to be shared throughout the industry and beyond, and helps ensure that civil engineering is innovative, safe and successful.

It encourages development that meets the needs of today without harming those of tomorrow. ICE expects every one of its members to understand and promote sustainable development, and the need to deliver projects that take into account environmental, social and economic factors.

ICE recognises that you are the future of the profession. With this in mind, student membership is free!

Being a member has definite advantages – including giving you the opportunity to get a head start in becoming professionally qualified. Becoming a member of ICE allows you to attend meetings, seminars and events to share knowledge; it gives you free and full access to ICE’s library – one of the largest civil engineering libraries in the world; and means you can get discounts on New Civil Engineer magazine (NCE), NCE International magazine, and specialist journals.

With a dedicated online section and e-newsletter for ICE members, you can take full advantage of both networking and keeping up to date with all the latest trends and developments within the industry. On completion of your degree, you will also be eligible to apply for Continuing Education Awards, Travel Awards and other ICE awards. Providing access to an extensive range of benefits, plus online tailored systems, ICE aims to make the transition from being a student to being a graduate as smooth as possible. Visit for further information and to sign up online.

There are three professional classes of ICE membership: chartered engineer (CEng MICE), incorporated engineer (IEng MICE), and engineering technician (EngTech TMICE). The ICE also offers a route to qualifying as a chartered environmentalist (CEnv MICE).

  • A chartered engineer is an innovator who can solve problems and lead project teams.

  • An incorporated engineer maximises the use of current technology and manages
    project teams.

  • An engineering technician applies proven techniques to solve practical engineering problems and has supervisory or technical responsibility.

  • A chartered environmentalist is committed to environmental management and promoting sustainable development. There are benchmark academic requirements for each class: generally MEng degrees for the CEng qualification and BEng for the IEng qualification. BEng and BSc graduates can top up their qualifications with further learning to be eligible for the chartered engineer qualification. This can be done through full or part-time postgraduate courses, an employer-managed further learning programme or distance tuition. Engineers with HND or HNC qualifications can also undertake further learning to become incorporated. The EngTech qualification applies to engineers with national certificates (NC), national diplomas (ND), NVQs and SVQs. For more information visit

ICE supports its members wherever they are based. ICE has a global network of country representatives and UK regional support teams. Representation at local level means ICE can better respond to the individual needs of civil engineers wherever they are based.
The range of products and services offered through these representatives is helping to enhance the professional lives of civil engineers all over the world and helping graduates further their development through specialist courses, meetings, seminars and workshops. For more information visit Support does not end there. ICE has representatives at most universities and colleges that offer accredited civil engineering courses. These representatives work closely with ICE to ensure that student members receive guidance and support during their studies.

What does membership give me?
During your immediate studying time and subsequent career, ICE is there to support you and help to develop your skills and knowledge.

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