Membership

Membership of the Institute is open to specialist, technical, and managerial staff in a broad range of environments such as science, engineering, industry, local authorities, schools, FE, HE, research/analytical/health facilities, government departments, and many more in the UK and overseas. There are five grades of membership in the Institute. An applicant does not initially apply for a specific grade of membership, the grade offered by the Institute being dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the applicant.

Why Join?

Technical Group MeetingTo help us maintain, build and expand the (IST) community.

IST can help by supporting and developing your:

  • career and interests
  • professional standing
  • knowledge and skills
  • network of contacts


Together we can be a voice to be heard and listened to.

Download IST Main Leaflet

Application for membership at Junior, Affiliate, Associate and Member grades can be made by email or by post to the IST office using the standard application form which is available for download (Membership Application Form – docx, or Membership Application Form – pdf). The form must be accompanied by a copy of each relevant certificate, diploma etc (scanned copies sent electronically are accepted).  Completed applications should be emailed through to memberships@istonline.org.uk or posted to our Sheffield Office.

Membership Application Notes for those applying for membership are available.

When an application has been accepted, the applicant will be notified of the grade offered, at which time a full subscription payment will be required (within one month of notification). After the subscription has been received the new member’s name will be added to the Register of Members and a Certificate and members card will be sent. Following entry on the Register members are entitled to the the designated post-nominal letters relevant to their grade.

Membership fees are:

  • Junior: £5
  • Affiliate: £20
  • Associate: £35
  • Member: £45
  • Fellow: £58

*Retired or unemployed members can claim a reduction of 50% off the normal rate

Previous members whose membership may have lapsed can apply for reinstatement by completing and returning one of the following forms to office@istonline.org.uk

Membership Reinstatement Form – docx, or Membership Reinstatement Form – pdf

Payment of subscriptions can be via:

  • credit/debit card/Paypal online
  • bank transfer (please contact office@istonline.org.uk for bank account details)
  • invoice (please supply a purchase order number to office@istonline.org.uk)
NB: All applications are subject to review; the IST reserves the right to decline any membership application.