Fellow is the highest grade of membership of the Institute. As senior members of the profession, Fellows are in a position to make a major contribution to the affairs of the Institute on issues in the public interest, of a learned society nature, and in the setting of standards for qualification.
There are three routes to the Fellow Class of membership:
The Institute may, under very exceptional conditions, admit a distinguished construction professional to be an Honorary Fellow. Such a person will be of particular eminence, will have obtained an international reputation in their field, and possess some tangible recognition of eminence, such as a national honour or award, and in the opinion of the General Council, have rendered outstanding service to the Institute or the profession and who by means of either their position, experience or eminence may be able to render assistance in promoting the objects of the Institute. Such Honorary Membership are not entitled voting rights in the business of the Institute.
The General Council may recommend any person as an Honorary Fellow at a General Meeting of the Institute. A person so recommended may be elected by a single majority of the Corporate Members present who are entitled to vote or exercise such right at the General Meeting.membership.
To transfer to the Fellow Class of the Institute, the Candidate will normally:
In addition to the position held by the Candidate at the time of application, the following factors will be taken into account:
The proof of holding a position of considerable technical and/or managerial responsibility in the construction field and having a minimum of 10 years of recognized working experience.
Membership of other professional bodies recognized by the Institute, the grade and the length of such membership.
The extent of effort made towards continuing professional development.
The extent of contribution made to the Institute’s activities and development, or noteworthy contribution to the construction field.
Candidates who would normally meet the requirements for Corporate Membership of the Institute and who hold a prominent position in the construction field may apply for direct admission to the grade of Fellow.
Such Candidates for direct entry to the grade of Fellow, in addition to meeting the criteria for transfer from the Member Class (other than being a Member of the Institute), are required to have:
The General Council may, at its discretion, require any Candidate seeking admission to be a Fellow to submit to a Professional Assessment to be conducted by a Panel of Professional Assessors duly authorized by the General Council for that purpose.
A Candidate seeking admission to the class of Fellow shall be required to attend a Professional Assessment, at the discretion of the General Council. The Professional Assessment, if so required, shall be conducted by a Panel of Professional Assessors delegated by the General Council for the purpose of assessing the extent to which a Candidate for the class of Fellow meets the admission requirements and to ascertain the quality of the Candidate’s technical and responsible experience within a recognized discipline in the construction field. Details of the Professional Assessment are given in Section 3 of Membership Handbook.
Any Candidate desirous of being admitted as a Fellow shall sign and deliver to the Honorary Secretary a nomination in the form prescribed by the General Council signed by five Corporate Members, at least three of whom shall be Fellows.
The current application, transfer, re-instatement and annual subscription fees are detailed in Section 7 of Membership Handbook.
An applicant for election to the class of Fellow must submit, together with the application, the election application fee and the subscription fee. The subscription fee will only be charged by the Institute upon successful election of the applicant. The election application fee, however, is non-refundable.
An applicant for transfer from the Member Class to the Fellow Class must submit, together with the application, the transfer application fee and, the difference between the Fellow subscription fee and the Member subscription fee. This difference will only be charged by the Institute upon the successful transfer of membership. The transfer application fee, however, is non-refundable.