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 Subscription Rates


The 2018 subscription rates are as follows.
Affiliate, Accredited Technician, Associate Member and Member.
Full rate £100.00
Concession £50.00
Companion and Fellow
Full rate £124.00
Concession £62.00
All rates are in Pounds Sterling (£)

The subscription year starts on 1 July.  Proportional subscriptions are charged to members joining after 1 July.  Payment to 30 June of the following year is due from members joining between 1 January and 30 June.

A concession rate is available to members who have paid subscriptions to the IRSE for at least 10 consecutive years and have retired from railway service, or from a relevant business, or who are on a career break.  To apply for this concession, please write to the Membership and Registration Manager.

Those applying for the grade of Affiliate who are on a course of full-time or part-time education, relevant to the profession, or currently on a formal training programme, may be entitled to a concession.  Each application will be considered individually and if applicable, the membership subscription of 50% of the standard rate will apply.  The reduced rate will be charged for four full subscription years, and to retain the rate after this time, please apply to the Membership and Registration Manager stating why you feel the reduction should still apply.  Please note the concession is offered with E-membership only.

E-membership service level
The standard service to members includes the regular mailing of IRSE News, notices and event applications forms.  In addition, the annual report, and the Council nomination forms are circulated by post at the appropriate times during each year. The E-membership service level does not include any of these mailings although all the circulated information can be found by searching the IRSE’s website after logging in as a member.  In recognition of the reduced service level, E-members pay a lower annual subscription and the rates for 2018 are shown below.
Affiliate (see note above relating to a further concession for those eligible), Accredited Technician, Associate Member, and Member.

Full rate £81.31
Concession (Retired or Career Break) £40.66
Concession (Affiliate) £50.00
Companion and Fellow
Full rate £100.83
Concession £50.41 (Retired or Career Break)

Administration arrangements relating to E-membership
• Before applying for E-membership, you must have your email address registered with the IRSE.  Most members’ email addresses are already known to the IRSE and you may verify yours by attempting to log on to the website.  If your address is not recognised you should register it using the registration facility on the website.  Apply for E-membership by sending a suitable email from your registered email address to
• Existing members can opt in/out of the E-membership service level ahead of each 1 July (the start of the subscription year) and be charged/not be charged the relevant E-membership annual subscription rate.  An invitation to opt in/out will be sent by email to those members who have registered their email address by 30 April.  Any change to service level will apply from the June mailing and be reflected in the annual subscription payable for the forthcoming year.
• E-members can change to the standard service level at any other time provided they have paid the full subscription for the year concerned, in advance.

Country Supplements
The principal subscription rates include a supplement of £9.34 (£4.67 for concessions) for country section use.  Other rates are adjusted proportionately.  If your country section does not require the supplement to be collected this year, or your country does not have a section, your subscription is reduced accordingly.

Subscription status
Members can view the status of their subscription and make payments by logging into the website (see option at the top of the screen).

Engineering Council registration fees
Members who are registered with the Engineering Council through the IRSE will pay their annual registration fee via the IRSE.  Payment is due at the same time as IRSE membership subscriptions, although their registration fee starts on 1 January.
Fees for 2018 for Final stage registrants are £39.00 (CEng), £33.00 (IEng), and £19.00 (EngTech).  The Interim stage fee is £13.90 for all three grades.
For those wishing to join the EC Register, the entry fees for 2018 are £50.70 (CEng), £42.80 (IEng) and £17.50 (EngTech).

Help with paying your subscription
We believe the IRSE subscription represents good value for money, but it is even better if you do not have to pay it all yourself.  Many employers recognise the value of professional organisations and will allow you to claim IRSE membership as an expense.  Sometimes this is not very well publicised within the company so if you have not claimed previously it is always worth asking if you can in future.

Tax concessions
If you cannot claim the full IRSE subscription from your employer, you may be able to claim it as an allowable expense against your income tax.  In the UK the IRSE is recognised as an approved professional body by HMRC, and they will take the cost of the subscription into account when calculating the tax you pay.
Note:  IRSE Sections in other parts of the world should be able to advise you of the equivalent entitlements in their countries.