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Welcome to SOE's online membership application. 

Please click the class of membership you are interested in and read the information which will tell you everything you need about entry requirements and fees, then choose 'next step' to proceed. Whichever class you apply for, you will be required to submit a current CV, and information on any qualifications or experience you have which are relevant. If you are an irtec licence holder please call our membership team on +44 (0) 20 7630 6666 to find out about your membership options and offers.

Please select the type of class that best applies to you:

Who can apply for MSOE?

MSOE, which is the main entry class for the Society, is open to application from all those working in operations engineering, with either the required qualifications or experience. It is also open to select non-engineers who work at a senior level that have responsibility for, and deep understanding of, an engineering function. 

MSOE comes with a whole host of benefits and privileges, including voting rights for the annual SOE elections and the ability to apply for Engineering Council, and Society for the Environment registrations. Members at this level will also be eligible to stand for elections themselves to SOE's Trustee Board or the relevant Professional Sector Council. Most importantly, MSOE is proof to employers and others that you are working at the required standard of a Professional Engineer. 

What are the entry requirements?

All applications for MSOE are judged against the membership criteria set by SOE's Membership and Professional Standards Committee, and must show that you have sufficient skills and experience. There are generally two routes to entry:

Qualification route

You will need to evidence a qualification equivalent or higher to a Level 3 on the UK Qualification Framework in a relevant engineering subject. You will also need to show at least four years of work experience, evidenced on a CV. 

Industry Professional route

If you do not have a Level 3 qualification, you will be considered for membership if you have 'on the job' experience. This must take the form of a CV and show at least eight years of relevant work experience, with at least four years of these in a senior or leadership role. 

What fees will I pay?

Our annual fee for MSOE is currently £129, which is pro-rated depending on when you join during the year, and then renews every January. There is also a one off application fee, which is non refundable, of £35. This fee increases for offline applications.

If you are employed by one of our Corporate Partners, and they have agreed to pay for your membership and application fee, then the process will pick up on this when you tell us who you work for.

What are the qualities of Fellowship?

You must show on your application form evidence of the following competencies.

There are two options when applying for Fellowship:

Option 1: Complete Part 1 – Evidence and Part 2 Desirable Qualities.
Option 2: Complete Part 1 – Evidence, 1 question from Part 2 – Desirable Qualities and 1 question from Part 3 - Optional Qualities.

Part 1 - Evidence
All of the below must be demonstrated.
E1: A position of senior responsibility and/or significant autonomy in your particular field.
E2: Demonstrable leadership qualities.
E3: Influencing policy and strategy making decisions in either a technical or business environment.

Part 2 - Desirable qualities
D1: Highly specialist knowledge in a specific area of engineering.
D2: Technical or engineering resource management and/or personnel management and development.

Part 3 - Optional qualities
O1: Responsibility for a budget and the associated risk.
O2: Application of a significant range of fundamental principles and complex techniques across a wide and often unpredictable variety of contexts.
O3: Active development and application of new technologies in engineering and related areas at senior level.

Who can apply for FSOE?

Fellow class of membership (FSOE) is the highest grade attainable at the SOE and is granted by the Membership & Professional Standards Committee. Fellowship is given to those who have influenced engineering policy. Some examples of this are those who have made a vast contribution to safe, environmentally sustainable operations engineering, or have specialist technical knowledge which they have shared with others and used for the benefit of the public.

Members who are FSOE can vote and stand for SOE’s Trustee Board and Membership & Professional Standards Committee elections as with MSOE. FSOE carries considerable prestige and responsibility and shows you as a senior leader in the field of operations engineering.

What are the entry requirements?

If you wish to apply for Fellow, you will need to satisfy the requirements for Member class as well as show evidence for the qualities of Fellowship. You need to be registered with the Engineering Council. If you do not hold professional registration you will be assessed for Fellow via the non-engineering ‘Industry Professional Route’.

If you are already a member and wish to upgrade to Fellow class please contact membership@soe.org.uk.

What fees will I pay?

Our annual fee for FSOE is currently £156, which is pro-rated depending on when you join during the year, and then renews every January. There is also a one-off application fee, which is non-refundable, of £170.

If you are employed by one of our Corporate Partners, and they have agreed to pay for your membership and any application fee, then the process will pick up on this when you tell us who you work for.

Who can apply for Student membership

SOE is committed to ensuring that the next generation of operations engineers get off on the right track; we offer free membership for any students on full time college or university courses.  

Student members get electronic subscriptions to SOE's magazines, access to our library of articles which help with practical engineering knowledge, CPD events, and a dedicated content stream to help with career advice when starting out. 

What are the entry requirements?

To qualify for Student Membership, you must be on a full-time college or university course. You must also be studying an engineering subject. You must also agree to abide by SOE's Code of Conduct.

Are there any fees?

We do not charge any fees for Student Membership - application and entry is totally free, as long as you meet the criteria. You will also qualify for special discounted rates after your course finishes, to help with the transition towards gaining your full membership and MSOE letters. 

Who can apply for Apprentice membership?

SOE is committed to ensuring that the next generation of operations engineers get off on the right track; we offer free membership for anyone who is on an approved apprenticeship scheme. 

Apprentice members get electronic subscriptions to SOE's magazines, access to our library of articles which help with practical engineering knowledge, CPD events, and a dedicated content stream to help with career advice when starting out. 

What are the entry requirements?

To qualify for Apprentice Membership, you must be on a recognised, engineering based apprenticeship scheme through a training provider, employer or college. You must also agree to abide by SOE's Code of Conduct.

Are there any fees?

We do not charge any fees for Apprentice Membership - application and entry is totally free, as long as you meet the criteria. You will also qualify for special discounted rates after your course finishes, to help with the transition towards gaining your full membership and MSOE letters. 

Who can apply for Graduted Member?

As part of our commitment to newly qualified engineers, tackling the skills gap and ensuring access to the next generation of members, we offer a special class for recent qualifiers, giving you full MSOE benefits at a reduced rate, which gives you time to gain the required experience to move to full Member Class. 

MSOE comes with a whole host of benefits and privileges, including voting rights for the annual SOE elections and the ability to apply for Engineering Council, and Society for the Environment registrations. Members at this level will also be eligible to stand for elections themselves to SOE's Trustee Board or the relevant Professional Sector Council. Most importantly, MSOE is proof to employers and others that you are working at the required standard of a Professional Engineer. 

What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements are the same as MSOE for the most part. You need to have a recognised Level 3 course or apprenticeship, or a HNC, HND or degree qualification. However members for this level are exempted the work experience requirements, and must have completed their course within the last three years. You must also agree to abide by SOE's Code of Conduct.

What fees will I pay?

This class of membership starts you off at 25% of the full membership fee, and goes up in increments of 25% per year, until you reach full rate. There is no application fee for this class. 

Membership year

Fee

One

£32.25

Two

£64.50

Three

£96.75


If you are employed by one of our Corporate Partners, and they have agreed to pay for your membership and application fee, then the process will pick up on this when you tell us who you work for.

Who can apply for AMSOE?

SOE's Associate class of membership fulfils SOE's aim of making Engineering knowledge available to all. Associate member is suitable for those who are involved in, and work around engineering but are not themselves qualified or working as an engineer. This includes journalists, technical sales and marketing professionals, operational managers etc. 

AMSOE is also a stepping stone to MSOE for those who do not yet have the required skills or qualifications, but are working towards them. Associate membership will give you access to SOE's CPD events, technical magazines and knowledge library, and all other member benefits apart from voting and election privileges.

What are the entry requirements?

We invite applications from all with a personal or professional interest in the world of operations engineering. There are no formal entry requirements, however applicants must read and accept the SOE Code of Conduct for members and abide by them.

What fees will I pay?

Our annual fee for AMSOE is currently £109, which is pro-rated depending on when you join during the year, and then renews every January. There is also a one off application fee, which is non refundable, of £35. This fee increases for offline applications.

If you are employed by one of our Corporate Partners, and they have agreed to pay for your membership and application fee, then the process will pick up on this when you tell us who you work for.

When did you graduate?

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