Become a Member

There is a place in membership for anyone in, or interested in the aeronautical or aerospace sector. There are grades of membership with different educational and work experience requirements. See the diagram below and click on one of the tabs on the left to determine which one is right for you.

Click here to download a copy of the Membership Handbook.

Full details of how to apply for Chartered or Incorporated Engineer or Engineering Technician are given in the Registration & Accreditation section.

If you live in  Australia, New ZealandPakistan or South Africa you may also apply via your local Division.

Applying for Membership

Applications for membership and/or registration can be made online by clicking on Apply Now.  If you are a first-time user of the website, you will need to create a website user account. 

Applications are considered by Committee every two months and the closing dates for 2016 for applications to be received at RAeS are:

  • 5 April 2016 (Membership Committee meets on 17 May 2016)
  • 1 June 2016 (Membership Committee meets on 21 June 2016)
  • 2 August 2016 (Membership Committee meets on 6 September 2016)
  • 4 October 2016 (Membership Committee meets on 1 November 2016)
  • 6 December 2016 (Membership Committee date - tbc)

    A non-refundable application or upgrade fee* is collected upon receipt of your application.  See Fees page for details.  You will be notified as soon as possible after the Membership Grading Committee meeting of the outcome of your application, normally within 2 weeks. Successful candidates will be emailed with advice about the subscription fee to be debited from the credit/debit card given with the application. A Diploma confirming your election is sent once payment has been collected.

    Unsuccessful candidates will receive feedback and encouragement to re-apply where appropriate. Candidates who are dissatisfied with the decision are entitled to appeal.

    *This fee is waived if you are employed by a company which is a member of our Corporate Partner Scheme.

    Further help and information

    If you have let your membership lapse and wish to rejoin, please email

    If you have already applied and have a question about the progress of your application, email  or telephone +44 (0) 207 670 4324

    If your application has been successful and you want to pay your subscription, email  or telephone +44 (0) 207 670 4324

    Further Information is also available on:

    • joining the Society if you  were a member of SLAET
    • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
    • mycareerpath - the online professional and continuing professional development recording tool
    • the Code of Conduct (Annex II of RAeS By-Laws) adhered to by all members


    If you need any other advice, please send an email to or telephone +44 (0) 207 670 4320/384.

    Click here to download a paper version of the Membership Application Form. 


    Click here to see details of fees for applications for membership and registration and annual membership subscription fees.

    Current members are encouraged to pay for their annual subscriptions by Direct Debit.  Please complete the Direct Debit mandate form and post it to the Society.

    If you have any questions regarding paying your subscription by Direct Debit, please send an email to