The first step on the road to full membership is election and admission to the basic grade. The Rules of the Institute set out the criteria for election and admission to this grade.

The applicant must be sponsored by a Full Member or Fellow who certifies that they recommend him or her to be a fit and proper person for membership of the Institute and that the criteria for membership are satisfied.

The Entrant grade is basic and confers no entitlement to accreditation to or by the Institute.

An Entrant is not entitled to place membership initials after his or her name or use the Institute’s logo in any way.

The goal of the Entrant is success in the Institute’s examinations and election to Associate grade.