Membership of the Institute is open to student, apprentice, specialist, technical, and managerial staff in a broad range of environments such as science, engineering, technology, digital, media, arts, industry, local authorities, schools, FE, HE, research/analytical/health facilities, government departments, and many more in the UK and overseas. There are four 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?

To 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.

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Application for membership at 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). 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 or posted to our Sheffield Office.

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:

  • Affiliate: £10
  • Associate (AssocIScT): £41
  • Member (MIScT): £54
  • Fellow (FIScT): £68

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

** Please note that IST professional membership subscriptions of employees are eligible for UK tax relief, under Section 344 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003. Claims need to be made by members individually directly via HMRC

Previous members whose membership may have lapsed can apply for reinstatement by contacting

Payment of subscriptions can be via:

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