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Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE membership Categories

Engineers ... are not mere technicians and should not approve or lend their name to any project that does not promise to be beneficent to man and the advancement of civilization- John Fowler

As a result of many calls and inquiries from members regarding the NSE categories of membership,  I am writing to reproduce the detailed membership categories for those who are not familiar with them, I believe the following may be of help to you:

1.                   STUDENT MEMBER
A Student Member shall be a person who is undertaking an approved engineering course of training leading to a degree in an institution recognized by the Council of the Society for the purpose of training professional engineers.

2.                   GRADUATE MEMBER
A person seeking admission to Graduate Membership shall possess an academic qualification acceptable to the Council of the Society and registrable by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) under the provisions of the Engineering Registration Decree (No.55) of 1970 or such amendments thereof.  Post-qualification practical experience shall not be a requirement for entry into this class.

3.                   CORPORATE MEMBER

A1       Candidates who are holders of the Bachelor's degree in engineering whose institutions' programmes are accredited by COREN and with such candidates having been registered by COREN as professional Engineers.

A2       Candidates who are already Corporate Members of Engineering Institutions (licensed as Professional Chartered or Registered Engineers) recognized by COREN.

B1        Candidates who are holders of the Bachelor's degree in Engineering whose qualifications are accredited by COREN or any overseas accreditation board recognised by COREN.  Such candidates must have acquired a minimum of 4 years post-qualification experience.

B3        Candidates who obtained HND in Engineering from approved institution and have successfully completed the NSE Graduateship Examinations and have had additional 2 years of engineering practice.  However, those with up to 15 years post HND experience will not be required to wait for 2 years.

B4        Candidates who have obtained HND in Engineering before proceeding to do an accredited Master's programme or post Higher National Diploma in Engineering in addition to a minimum of six (6) years post HND experience; plus.
(a)        Minimum of 2 years post bridging qualification from accredited Nigerian University/Faculties/Bodies.
(b)      Minimum of 4 years post-bridging qualification from unaccredited Nigerian Universities/Faculties not later than 1991.  Membership Committee shall ascertain that the Master's programme or post Higher National Diploma programme has adequately corrected the deficiencies inherent in the earlier programme.

B5      Candidates who are graduates in the sciences with post graduate qualifications in Engineering accredited by COREN and have been working in engineering related fields?

C1      Candidates who are holders of correct and adequate basic academic qualifications by COREN Standards and Regulations who are 40 years and above.  Such candidates as at the time of application must have a minimum of 10 years post-qualification experience.  The candidates must appear in person.

C2      Candidates who are holders of correct and adequate basic academic qualifications by COREN Standards and Regulations and are top executives in Government parastatals or Industries etc who are not only 45 years and above with respect of age, but who, as at the time of application have minimum of 15 years post qualification experience.  They may be accorded Presidential interview on the recommendation of the Membership Committee. The candidates need not appear for interview.           

4.                   ASSOCIATE
A person seeking election, as an Associate of the Society shall possess an academic qualification at the level of a university degree in the sciences allied to engineering science, or the qualifications approved by the Council of the Society.  In addition, he shall have been engaged on work related to the practice of engineering for a minimum period of 5 years.


·        All candidates must have been corporate members of the Society for 10 years in addition to what we have in the Memorandum and Articles of Association of NSE.
·        All HND holders must have additional academic qualification(s) before Fellowship.
·        All referees must be financial members of the Society and their reference letters must be received before the consideration of the candidate’s application.
·        Only the President can waive this option.
·        Must have attended at least 5 AGMs in the last ten years prior to the year of application.
-        Must have written and presented four (4) Technical/Management papers at NSE and or any other fora acceptable to the Board of Fellows.  All papers must have been presented in the last 10 years.
·        Must have worked on some outstanding projects (that stand out from the ordinary).
·        Attended the yearly refresher Engineering Courses/Workshops to make him or her current on engineering practice and not with obsolete knowledge – must show evidence of this in the application form.
·        Must be active in his or her Branch and Division activities.
·        Financial status must be consistent.  There must be evidence of consistency in the payment of dues to NSE in the last 5 years.

6.                   HONORARY FELLOW

The Council of the Society may at its discretion elect distinguished persons to Honorary Fellowship.  Such persons, though not necessarily engineers, would normally have used their positions to render notable assistance to the practice of engineering science.

Thank you.

Isqil Najim
Twitter: @isqilnajim 

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