Fellow (FCIHT)

Fellow (FCIHT) is the highest grade of membership of the Institution and is conferred on those working in highways and transportation with proven ability who have made a significant contribution to their profession.

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Why you should become a Fellow with CIHT

Enhance your status in the industry and wider business world – Fellow status demonstrates your depth of knowledge, expertise and strategic input. It highlights the continuous long-term business performance you have delivered. By joining an organisation that is recognised globally it shows that you are a leader within the industry and enhances the perception of you with organisations worldwide.

Drive performance, strategy and be an example for others to follow – Get access to the essential news, key trends, insights, research materials and technical information that will ensure you are at the forefront of the industry and guarantees that your organisation is moving in the right direction.

Ensure that your knowledge remains relevant and dynamic – We can help you build your CPD and give you the answers when everyone is looking to you for results. Improve and broaden your knowledge, access best practice from outside your company, by attending a wide range of CIHT events and uncovering the latest thought leadership online.

Showcase your expertise and grow your network with access to senior networks – Maximise your connections online in our LinkedIn groups and face-to-face meetings with attendance at regional and national events where you can meet with peers and key industry professionals including leaders in business and government.

Shape the future of the industry – Eligible to participate on CIHT Boards, Panels and Committees you can have real influence on the direction of the industry. You also can mentor and inspire the next generation of highways and transportation professionals.

Save money – Discounts on events plus CIHT Options enables you to get discounts on lifestyle, recreation, business products and services and much more.


Have you checked your eligibility?
Have you read the guidance notes?
Have you read what you need before applying?


If yes to all three and you believe you are ready
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Thinking of becoming a Fellow - how and why you should apply

This recent webinar discusses why you should consider applying for FCIHT and will answer some of the questions you may have.

You will also be able to hear insights from a member of the Membership Assessment Panel.

This webinar was recorded in July 2023 to tie-in with our free membership upgrade month (August 2023).


Why your organisation needs you to be a Fellow with CIHT

Organisations throughout the public and private sectors have acknowledged the value of Fellowship status in providing greater;

  • Expertise
  • Leadership capabilities
  • Professional networks to draw upon
  • Levels of professional integrity


What we're looking for at Fellow level with CIHT

Examples of evidenced FCIHT attributes include:

  • Technical achievement
  • Level of financial responsibility
  • Active Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Management responsibility
  • Contribution to training, staff development and mentoring
  • Promotion of the profession
  • Promotion of diversity & inclusion

Depending upon the applicant’s particular career path, it may not be possible, or essential, to cover all of these attributes. FCIHT applicants are required to clearly demonstrate their roles, responsibilities and contributions, emphasising these where relevant.

What kind of job roles are at Fellow level with CIHT

The list below gives examples of those who may satisfy the requirements for election at Fellow grade:

  • Director/senior manager in a large or medium-sized organisation
  • Civil servant with responsibility for whole areas of policy or practice within central or regional government
  • Chief Officer in a local authority
  • Senior academic (Dean or Head of Department)
  • Head of a team of several researchers, with overall responsibility for direction of the research
  • Sole practitioner providing a widely-recognised high level of expertise
  • Senior post in small organisation providing a widely-recognised high level of expertise
  • Senior officer in the police force, the armed forces and the like.

A few of the things you get with CIHT Membership

CIHT Learn: Access to bitesize eLearning activities and resources to develop the skills and knowledge you need as a professional working in highways and transportation

CIHT Connect: An opportunity to network with members and discuss topics, explore ideas, discover best practice, build connections, develop expertise and find solutions to commonly shared challenges

Transportation Professional magazine: Covers all the latest news, case studies, opinions and insights relevant to your career

News & Updates: Get the essential news and updates to keep you ahead of the competition

CIHT Regions: There are 12 CIHT Regions and Nations, and several in the rest of the world, and each Regional Committee organises regular meetings and seminars. High profile speakers often address these events and they provide a convenient means for gaining continuing professional development (CPD) experience, updating knowledge and networking with colleagues

Webinar Library: Exclusive access to an online resource to get the latest in thought leadership, best practice, insights and inspiration into projects that are changing the shape of your sector

Technical Expertise: Essential technical information that will ensure you are at the forefront of the industry

Mentor Programme: Share your knowledge, skills and experience to help others to achieve their development goals

Request a mentor: CIHT mentoring is available to Members who are currently working towards Engineering Council registration and would like to work with a mentor who has good knowledge of the relevant standard and the process involved in achieving it

The Work: Exclusive to members. A curated resource of case studies created from the shortlisted entries of the CIHT Awards.  Discover the stories behind the work, view the supporting information, visuals, evidence and more that goes into current best practice

Qualifications: Get your experience and competence professionally recognised as a Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer, Engineering Technician or as a Chartered Transport Planning Professional

Exclusive CPD: Ensure that your knowledge remains relevant and dynamic when people are looking to you for the answers

Be part of consultations: Working closely with members and influential stakeholders, CIHT shapes the decisions that affect the sector and society

Your Voice @ CIHT: Get your voice heard at the heart of CIHT and shape the organisation’s future

CIHT Options: An exclusive portfolio containing money-saving discounts and offers, designed to support CIHT members both personally and professionally

Venue Hire: Looking for a cost effective, centrally-located venue to hire in London? Speak to our team today. Discounted rates for CIHT members

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Don't just take our word for it

It is very much directly targeted at people in the highways and transportation field . . . fantastic that we have our own body to represent us and to promote the industry.  Rather than being lost within a much wider range of disciplines.  They can work very directly in the highways and transportation field.

Ryan Hutchinson, Technical Director, Strategic Higways, AECOM


CIHT offers a great opportunity to be recognised as a transport professional contributing to solving current and future mobility issues.

Rehan Mian, Director, Transport, WSP

The CIHT provides an excellent community of practice through its various pathways for professional development as well as providing an information platform and networks for ongoing personal development.

Tony Brennand, Principal Adviser, Strategic Transportation, NZ Transport Agency

CIHT Membership keeps you in the know through all media channels. This along with opportunities to pursue qualifications and learning makes membership really worthwhile.

Paul Boss, Highway Asset Manager, Amey 


What you need before you apply

To ensure the online application process is as efficient as possible we require the following supporting evidence for us to complete your application:

  • CV
  • List of any academic qualifications that you may have
  • List of any Professional Bodies that you belong to - Please provide details of any professional bodies that you are a member of or any professional qualifications you currently hold.
  • Employment history for last 3 years
  • Examples that support your application in the relevant areas below. (min 100 and max 500 words)

Service responsibilities and/or projects managed - Examples of work/projects demonstrating your suitability for Fellowship. Please include details of your technical achievements, level of financial responsibility, management responsibility, contribution to training and staff development or mentoring etc.

Professional Commitment - Examples of your involvement in promoting the profession, or promoting diversity in the profession and including service to CIHT at regional or national level) or other institutions where you have contributed). In addition you may include items where you have contributed to the industry, i.e. writing papers, provided support or advice on innovation or enhanced industry knowledge

Continuing Professional Development - Examples of CPD undertaken in the past two years

Management responsibility within the service provider/company - Examples of direct / indirect people management, contribution to training and staff development or mentoring, organisation

  • Proposer and Seconder - The proposer and seconder should be Fellows of CIHT or a recognised professional body in a related sector

Your proposer and seconder must have consented for CIHT to contact them about your application. By providing us with their details you have provided consent for us to contact them about your application.

Additional information required about the Proposer and Seconder

 - The professional body they belong to

 - Email address

- Employer and job title

 - Number of years known in work capacity

 - Statements written about you by your Proposer and Seconder (min 100 and max 200 words). We advise that you ask your proposers to send you their statements about you and then you copy the text into the online application form 

PLEASE NOTE: If you require any help on any of the supporting documentation, please get in touch with our Membership team who are ready to help you. Email us at membership@ciht.org.uk or complete the enquiry form.

Useful documentation

Guidance Notes



The Application Process

Step 1: Complete the online application form.

As part of the online application process you are required to provide supporting evidence.  Your application will not be processed until all supporting evidence has been inputted (Please see below for full list).

Step 2: Submit the application form.

Step 3: Await our response.

We will contact each applicant whether successful or not. 


CIHT Fellows Membership Fees

Membership fees are adjusted depending on when you join in the year. For any queries, please contact e: membership@ciht.org.uk

For a full list of fees please see our fees page.


Next Steps - Apply to become a Fellow at CIHT

If you are already a Member or web registered with MyCIHT then ensure you are logged in.  This will mean that a large part of the application process has already been completed.

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If you wish to contact us, please get in touch with our Membership team who are ready to help you. Email us at membership@ciht.org.uk or make an enquiry.


What happens once you have submitted your application?

Your application will be reviewed by our Membership Application Panel, made up of senior fellows, where they will evaluate the application and make the final decision.

As part of the process your Proposers and Seconders will be contacted to verify their statements.

If you are successful in your application, you will receive notification and a certificate confirming your achievement.

If you are unsuccessful in your application, you will receive notification with an explanation for the decision. We will provide guidance as to how you may wish to address the reasons, in order to provide further evidence or resubmit your papers at a later date.


Useful Documentation

Guidance Notes


Help and support

If you wish to contact us, please get in touch with our Membership team who are ready to help you. Email us at membership@ciht.org.uk or make an enquiry.

Got a question? We've got the answer!
Here are some of the questions we're often asked by our Members. If you don't find the answer you're looking for here, give the Membership team a call on ‪+44 020 7336 1555‬‬‬ (Option 1), make an enquiry or email us at membership@ciht.org.uk 


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