A people organisation offering professional career guidance, support and development to individuals.

  • Membership of a Professional Institute
  • Grades of membership giving a professional pathway to demonstrate your knowledge & skills in the cast metals industry
  • Advice on how to obtain professional grades with the Engineering Council
  • Signposting to training with other organisations
  • Awarding of CPD hours for you to demonstrate your continuing career development
  • Local branches with technical meetings and social events
  • Free technical journal (Foundry Trade Journal)
  • Networking with like-minded people at ICME events
  • Access to technical experts within the membership
  • Regular member e-Newsletter
  • Access to member private health care scheme with HMCA (for further information – http://www.hmca.co.uk/icme)
  • Information about World Foundry Organisation (WFO) Conferences
  • National Awards to recognise achievements by members and individuals
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The Institute of Cast Metals Engineers has agreed with HMCA to offer discounted rates for medical plans, dental plan, hospital cash plans, travel plan, income protection and vehicle breakdown products.

Are you paying too much for your present private medical plan? Why not take a look at the HMCA plans and compare the benefits and subscriptions offered? You may transfer to HMCA at any age and without a medical examination; there will be no break in protection and there is a 14 day money-back guarantee.

HMCA only offer medical plans to membership groups and can offer up to a 40% discount off the underwriter’s standard rates. This is a comprehensive plan which provides generous cash benefits for surgery and other charges.

Who are HMCA? – HMCA has specialised in providing benefits and services to associations and professional groups since the 1970s. HMCA is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

For further information and quotations contact HMCA by telephone on 01423 799949 or visit the exclusive HMCA Institute of Cast Metals Engineers website here: https://www.hmca.co.uk/icme

HMCA/S PLC (trading as Hospital and Medical Care Association, HMCA and HMCA Members) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN:307587). HMCA/s PLC is a company registered in England, company number: 01362094, registered office: Beech Hall, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 0EA.

ICME has three main grades of membership: Member, Professional Member and Fellow.  In addition, students can join at a reduced rate until they complete their studies and there is a separate membership form that students can use that is available from ICME.  The following guidelines should aid applicants in the selection of the appropriate grade of membership.  These are only a brief guide; please contact the ICME membership department for more detailed advice.  Members are authorised to place the following designatory letters after their name:


Any person, 18 years or over, with an interest in the cast metals industry. No formal qualifications or experience
are necessary to become a Member, but you are entitled to all the benefits of membership.  Reduced rates are
available for those under 25.  Free membership for all apprentices.


You should have relevant qualifications (to level 3 or equivalent) plus experience or have approved experience and training.


This grade is for senior individuals in the industry who also have the relevant training and experience and have obtained a position of senior responsibility and held this position for at least three years.


For those undertaking an approved course of full or part-time study, including an apprenticeship, leading to a recognised qualification.  Membership is free for apprentices.

Become a Member

It may be possible to have your membership of ICME upgraded provided that you satisfy the requirements for the particular grade.  If you are not sure which grade is relevant to you, then please call our membership department who will be happy to help you with this process.  Tel: +44 (0)121 752 1810.

If you complete the application form, the ICME Membership Committee will advise you if you are eligible for a higher grade.

Become a Member

The Engineering Council is the regulatory body representing qualified UK Engineers: they provide a route to Engineering Council registration and ‘professional status’.

There are 4 grades of registration, each with post nominals that you can use once you are a registrant, as follows:

  • European Engineer (Eur Ing)
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
  • Engineering Technician (EngTech)

In order for you to become an Engineering Council registrant you must be a Member of a Professional Institute that is either a Licenced Member or an Affiliate Member with the Engineering Council.  ICME is an Affiliate so can offer a route to registration for suitably qualified Members.

What are the Benefits to you and your Company?

Membership of a Professional Institute indicates to employers in our industry the level of competence you have achieved.  Registration with the Engineering Council indicates your standing within the whole of the Engineering Profession.  Members of most engineering Professional Institutes are able to apply and as a Member of ICME, you could be granted registration according to your engineering role and competence.  Mentoring can also be provided to support you through the process.

Qualifications offered by professional bodies and the Engineering Council will enable you to upgrade your professional status not only within the UK but also internationally.

For further information, advice and guidance on how to become a Registrant on the Register of Professional Engineers, operated by the Engineering Council, please contact us at info@icme.org.uk

Become a Member

Once your registration as a Chartered Engineer has been obtained, individuals could then apply to become a Eur Ing.  This title is recognised throughout Europe.

Become a Member