Registration: what does it mean for me?

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining grants membership at various grades to those who meet the relevant qualification, experience and competency or contribution requirements. The current IOM3 grades are Fellow (FIMMM), Professional Member (MIMMM), Associate Member (AIMMM) and Technician Member (TIMMM) as well as Professional Graduate (ProfGradIMMM), Graduate (GradIMMM), Student and Affiliate membership.

Engineering Council Registration

The Institute is one of 35 professional bodies in the UK that is licensed by the Engineering Council to place suitably qualified members on the UK Register of Engineers. The Register has three sections relevant to IOM3: Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Engineering Technician (EngTech). These titles are protected by the Engineering Council’s Royal Charter and may only be used by Registrants. Applications for professional IOM3 grades of membership and registration with the Engineering Council are usually made at the same time.

Chartered Engineer Case studies (on Engineering Council website)

Science Council Registration

The Institute is a member of the UK Science Council. This organisation represents over 300,000 scientists in more than 25 professional bodies, and exists to promote the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and of education in science, pure and applied. The Institute is licenced by the Science Council to register individual practitioners who can demonstrate the necessary knowledge, understanding and occupational competency as Chartered Scientists (CSci), Registered Scientists (RSci) or Registered Science Technicians (RSciTech). As with our engineers, applications for professional IOM3 grades of membership and registration with the Science Council are often made at the same time. The Institute collects the annual registration fee on behalf of the Science Council from members who are registrants, and this is identified as a separate item in the annual subscription.

Society for the Environment Registration

The Institute is also licenced by the Society for the Environment to register individual practitioners as Chartered Environmentalists (CEnv). Individuals suitable for this registration are those who apply environmental and sustainable principles in their professional capacities, in addition to taking a leadership role in promoting sustainable management through a strategic environmental approach to their work. They also communicate the environmental case to their colleagues and other stakeholder. IOM3 encourages practitioners to apply for CEnv when they apply for MIMMM, or in some cases FIMMM. The Institute collects the annual registration fee on behalf of the Society for the Environment from members who are CEnv registrants, which is identified as a separate item in the annual subscription.

Dual Registration

There are often cases where individuals apply for a professional grade of IOM3 membership and more than one registration at the same time i.e. MIMMM with CEng and CEnv or AIMMM with IEng and RSci. This is encouraged by IOM3, particularly as many individuals in our techncial communities work in hybrid roles which require the development of a range of competences spanning more than one registration.


For advice regarding professional registration and how to apply, use our Membership Enquiry Form.