Associate (ARAeS)

An Associate is an Aeronautical or Aerospace professional who: 

  • holds a UK ordinary degree or international equivalent, OR
  • holds a National/Scottish Vocational Qualification (NVQ/SVQ) Level 3 or equivalent, such as a BTEC National Certificate, along with two years’ practical training and one year’s experience at an appropriate level of responsibility, OR
  • is a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and holds a UK CAA Licence without type rating, or its an international equivalent, and has held the licence for two years OR
  • has three years' appropriate experience

Exceptions may be made for those who have made outstanding contributions to Aeronautics or Aerospace.

For full details of the requirements for Associate, click see the Associate section of the Membership Handbook(If you are unable to open PDF files, please contact for a Word version of the guidance).

Non-members and upgrading members can apply online for Associate grade by clicking on Apply Now.  

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Applicants who hold an accredited degree that meets the academic requirement for engineering registration in full can also apply for Interim Registration for CEng or IEng as a stepping stone to gaining full Chartered or Incorporated Engineer registration.

You may also apply for Engineering Technician. Visit the pages on registration for details.

A paper application form for membership can be downloaded by clicking on Membership Application Form.