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Membership benefit: make a difference

Why do people join the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors?

It’s a valid question - with a potentially different answer for each individual.

There are many benefits to being a CICES member.

But increasingly, the chance to make a difference is a driver for applicants.

How can a CICES member make a difference?

Civil engineering surveyors are professionals that help develop and shape our built environments, infrastructure and shared spaces.

This means that the decisions you make and the actions you take in your career can impact society for many years to come.   

Whether you’re a surveyor with several decades’ experience, or just starting out considering career options, making positive contributions is a noble aim.

And the opportunities for members to do so are wide and varied, thanks to the three ‘Golden Threads’ that are central to everything CICES does.


Our Institution and its members have made a commitment to advance the cause of sustainability throughout everything we do, including:

  • Reducing environmental impact
  • Implementing better processes
  • Selection of materials and supply chain partners
  • Sharing of best practices and relevant knowledge
  • Publishing and promoting documents that identify realistic actions

Are you interested in having your input and ideas form part of how the Institution’s sustainability strategies are created and applied?

Join the newly formed CICES Sustainability Council Email - email our development manager Katie Holt for more information. 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As with sustainability, EDI is an area that has seen more focus in recent years and is particularly relevant to many people considering their career options.

The CICES EDI Policy recognises that, as a minimum, the following characteristics should be protected from discrimination:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Sex and/or gender
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity

But while such attributes are protected legally, ensuring that this is applied (and that the required respect is shown in our workplaces) is an ongoing effort.

CICES members should aim to demonstrate and promote inclusive behaviours that result in environments that reflect the diverse makeup of society.

These efforts are headed by our EDI Council and its new chair, Simon Navin MCInstCES.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Council in future, please contact us for more information.


Civil Engineering Surveyors work with high-specification systems and precision processes in order to:

  • Increase efficiency
  • Reduce waste
  • Conserve resources
  • Anticipate and avoid safety issues
  • Improve accuracy and understandings 
  • Aid future design and construction  

Digitalisation is a significant element of ensuring our profession stays at the leading edge of the industry, providing proven expertise and service delivery.

A recently published white paper, written and peer-reviewed by CICES members highlighted the importance of digital engineering and information management.

Titled ‘Transforming the civil engineering surveyor’, the paper was presented at several international conferences to key industry figures.

As a CICES member, you will see numerous opportunities to add your voice to the Institution’s ongoing drive for innovation.

Your understanding of digitalisation and how it can have a positive impact at all levels of society, could reach new audiences and effect real change.

How do I find out more about joining CICES?

You can learn more about how to join CICES, including ‘quick guides’ on applying and different types of membership, here.

If you have any questions about membership benefits or how to apply, please feel free to contact CICES.   

Published: 18 January 2023