About the EI and your membership
A registered charity, incorporated by Royal Charter in 2003, the Energy Institute is the leading professional body for the energy sector. Its key objects include developing and promoting best professional practice, setting and certifying standards of education and practice, holding conferences, meetings and seminars, gathering and disseminating knowledge and developing and promoting training. In joining the EI, you are showing that you support these key objects and wish to benefit from the services offered by the Institute.
Terms of Conditions and the Code of Conduct
When you submit an application to become a member of the EI you are confirming your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. This includes agreeing to abide by the EI’s Code of Professional Conduct, and disciplinary procedures should a complaint be made against you about conduct which may be in breach of the Code
The EI’s membership grades
Membership of the EI is offered at the pre-professional grades of Affiliate, Student and Associate Member and the professional grades of Technician Member, Member and Fellow. The title Honorary Fellow of the EI is also awarded by invitation.
Use of post nominals
Individuals holding current professional membership of the EI are entitled to use the post nominals accorded to their grade of membership as follows
- Technician Member of the EI: TMEI
- Member of the EI: MEI
- Fellow of the EI: FEI
- Honorary Fellow of the EI: HonFEI
Current Associate Members of the EI are entitled to use the post nominals AMEI.
Under the Code of Conduct, members must not use post nominals or professional titles to which they are not entitled.
As an EI member you will receive a range of benefits. The EI reserves the right to vary benefits that apply to particular grades of membership from time to time.
Depending on your membership grade, your member benefits will include a range of products, services and membership communications. These will be sent to you on the basis of the contact details you have provided. We will not be responsible for the non-delivery of products, services or communications if you have supplied us with an incorrect postal or email address or have not notified us of a change in your contact details.
Members are entitled to discounted fees for EI events, conferences and training.
Branches and YPNs
As part of your membership you will automatically become a member of a local branch of the EI, which will be allocated on the basis of your home address. You may also, if you wish, choose to be a member of up to two other branches. We also have Young Professional Networks (YPNs) in many branch areas.
Applying for membership and registration
The EI offers three grades of pre-professional membership, Affiliate, Student and Associate Member (AMEI). Applications for pre-professional membership can be made using the EI’s online application form.
Student membership is intended for those who are currently studying with the intention of progressing to a career in any part of the energy sector. Student membership covers the full duration of the course being undertaken and those who go on to undertake a further qualification can also extend their Student membership further by notifying the EI of their new course and graduation date.
Students who have not upgraded to Associate Member or Affiliate within 12 months of graduation will normally be lapsed from membership.
Associate Member (AMEI) is the membership grade for those who are intending to work towards professional membership and/or professional registration. There are three bands of Associate membership. Lower fees are charged for those at the very beginning of their careers. Those who have graduated more than five years ago or have been Associate Members (inclusive of time spent on the predecessor grade of Graduate member – GradEI) for more than five years are charged a higher subscription rate.
Application for the professional membership grades (Technician, Member and Fellow) is via submission of an application form, which may be followed by a professional interview. You must first join the EI as an Associate Member or an Affiliate before you make an application for professional membership.
The assessment of applications for professional membership is overseen by the EI’s Membership Panel. Your election to the EI as a Member will be subject to approval by the EI’s Professional Affairs Committee; approval will be based on the recommendations made by the Membership Panel. Your admission to the membership following election will be subject to receipt from you of a pro rata subscription fee for the remainder of the year. This will be the difference between your subscription for your old grade of membership and that for the new, which again will be for that part of the year remaining.
The EI reserves the right to award membership of the EI at a different grade to that for which an individual has applied, if the recommendation of the Panel following assessment is that the evidence submitted by the applicant does not satisfy the relevant assessment criteria.
The EI also reserves the right to terminate an application for membership or professional registration if the relevant application fees are not received within a reasonable time period. We also reserve the right to close your application if you are asked to provide further information or evidence in support of your application, and this is not received within six months.
Professional registration and other titles
In addition to its professional and pre-professional grades of membership, the EI awards a range of professional registrations and chartered titles, including a number which are awarded under license or approval from a third party such as the Engineering Council, the Society for the Environment or the Environment Agency.
Application for professional registration (such as Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer, Engineering Technician, Chartered Environmentalist or Chartered Energy Manager) and for professional approval awarded through the EI (eg ESOS Lead Assessor) is via submission of an application form, which may be followed by a professional interview. You will need to be a professional member of the EI to be eligible to make an application for professional registration - but, if you wish, you may apply for professional membership and a professional registration at the same time.
The assessment of applications for professional registration is overseen by the EI’s Membership Panel. Your professional registration will be subject to approval by the EI’s Professional Affairs Committee; approval will be based on the recommendations made by the Membership Panel. Your admission to professional registration will be subject to receipt from you of any registration fees payable.
If you are granted professional registration via the EI, the EI will administer any fees payable to the relevant Licensing body on your behalf. Under the conditions of our License, we may also be required to pass details of your registration and the basis on which it was awarded to the relevant Licensing body for the purposes of confirming and administering your registration and any associated auditing processes. The Licencing body may also communicate with you on essential matters relating to registration and your records may also be reviewed by them as part of the periodic review of the EI’s license.
In many cases there are specific requirements which must be met for those holding particular types of professional registration or approval, for example in respect of CPD or Codes of Conduct. It will be the responsibility of the individual member to ensure that they are aware of and are compliant with any rules, regulations and codes pertaining to the specific registrations they hold.
Statements made in applications
If you are accepted into membership or are awarded professional registration but it subsequently emerges that the information you have provided in support of your application is misleading or false, the EI reserves the right to revoke membership or registration. If you hold a professional registration which is awarded by the EI under license from a third party, the relevant Licensing body will be informed.
Please note that the purchaser is liable for full payment of the fee and must cover any transfer fees applied by their bank if necessary.
Records relating to your membership
The EI is the Data Controller of any personal data you supply as part of your application for membership or professional registration, and your subsequent interaction as a member with the EI.
Renewal of your membership
Membership of the EI is a rolling agreement which will automatically renew on 1 January each year. The EI reserves the right to increase or vary the price of membership on an annual basis, and to determine the basis on which concessionary rates may apply. Fees for the coming year will be published on the EI website in November each year.
Members will receive a renewal notice in advance of the renewal date each year, including details of the membership and/or other fees (such as professional registration fees) which may be due. If you pay by direct debit, any payment arrangements you have made will continue, unless you notify the EI and your bank/building society of your wish to cancel your payment.
Membership services will be withdrawn for those whose membership is still unpaid two months after the due date (28 February). Membership will be lapsed where individual fees remain unpaid 6 months after the due date.
Transfer to another grade or upgrade
Members may transfer from their membership grade to another at any time during their membership on demonstration that they meet the criteria of the grade to which they wish to be transferred. In the case of transfer to professional membership grades, an application form and application fee will be required, and requests will be subject to review by the Membership Panel and, if your application is approved, election by the Professional Affairs Committee.
Termination of your membership
You may cancel your membership of the EI at any time by notifying us in writing by letter or email, and on payment of any fees outstanding. On termination of your membership, any professional registration or titles held by you and awarded by the EI will also be deemed to have been terminated, unless you have taken steps to formally transfer them to another professional body. If you hold registrations awarded to you by the EI under a license to a third party, the third party will be informed.
Individuals who have left the EI may request to be reinstated at any time.
Professional Members who have been outside the membership for less than three years but who now wish to their membership, registrations and/or other titles they obtained through the EI to be reinstated will be required to pay all fees relating to the period during which their membership was not current. If a professional member wishes to be reinstated after a period greater than three years outside the membership, they will be required to reapply through the usual procedure for membership.
Members may be eligible to pay at a concessionary rate following submission of a formal declaration that they satisfy concessionary rate criteria, as described on the EI website. The EI reserves the right to change the criteria for eligibility for concessionary rates to be granted, at any time and without notice.
Unless a concessionary rate has been granted on the basis that you are now fully retired, a new declaration must be submitted each year and you will be required to inform us if your circumstances change such that you are no longer eligible for a concessionary rate. Concessionary rates may not be applied retrospectively.
Refunds and transfer of membership
Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.