Graduate Associate-Member (AMRINA)

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You’ve graduated and achieved the degree or apprentice program you wanted, but what are your next steps into the Naval Architecture profession? 

Graduate Associate-Membership (AMRINA) is for individuals who have recently completed their academic / University program; have recently joined a graduate scheme, or started an apprenticeship.  

Graduate Associate-Membership (AMRINA) is for members up until the 2nd anniversary of their graduation date. 

You’ll have access to mentoring, training, events and resources that will support your professional development and help you prove to employers you’re serious about your career. 

We’ll also guide you through your Initial Professional Development (IPD) and journey towards Professional Registration. 

Graduate – Associate Membership is great if you’re at the beginning of your career – whether you’ve just finished higher education, you’re in your first job or studying for a postgraduate course. Recent graduates are entitled to some fantastic extra benefits. 


The cost of your first year of Graduate Associate Membership (AMRINA) is just £35.

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Members undertaking a Masters’s or PhD Program  

If you are studying a MSc or undertaking a PhD program, you are entitled to a free Graduate Associate-Member membership. When you apply for your Membership, please send into RINA confirmation that are undertaking a academic program, and we can apply a free Membership to your account.  

Benefits for Graduates

Reduced membership fee

We know that finances can be tight when you enter the workplace, that’s why your first two years of membership following graduation are charged at a reduced rate.

Graduate Workshop

Graduate Workshops are for Associate Members working through their IPD towards Chartership. We’ll provide you with tailored guidance on the available routes to Chartered status, depending on your academic and professional background. Workshops are carried out at your place of work and last around 60-90 minutes.


Mentoring gives you an opportunity to get professional advice from an experienced member of the industry. They’ll offer guidance on how to work through your IPD, help you carry out a self-assessment of your strengths and weaknesses, and provide continuity and support as you establish a solid foundation in your career and work towards Chartership.

Sponsored conference places

We offer a number of free conferences places to Associate Members studying for a postgraduate course each year. Hear presentations on the latest technical developments, discuss current issues and network with professionals working in research and industry. Sponsorship covers the conference entry fee and a printed copy of the conference proceedings.

Road to Professional Membership and Professional Registration.  

What is Initial Professional Development?

After 4 years of workplace experience, you will be eligible to apply for Membership (MRINA), Fellowship (FRINA) or Professional Registration with the Engineering Council.  

As part of a future application for MRINA / FRINA status, you will need to demonstrate that you’ve achieved a high standard of professional competence. 

This is done through Initial Professional Development (IPD) – a set of core professional development objectives set by RINA and the Engineering Council that measures your experience across a range of activities relevant to the profession. Objectives fall into three categories – Design, Engineering Practice and Management Services. 

You’ll need to keep a record of the skills and experience you’ve acquired in your career and that demonstrates you’ve met the IPD objectives. This will help your MRINA or FRINA application, and is essential when applying for Professional Registration with the Engineering Council. 

Log books

Once you have joined as an Graduate-Associate Member, you can start recording your work-based practice working towards MRINA. We’ve developed a range of log books and guidance to help you keep track of your IPD. There are three log books, depending on which level of RINA membership and professional registration you ultimately want to apply for. 

It usually takes at least four years to meet IPD objectives. 

What are the membership benefits?

We’ve got some great tools and resources to aid your career development. We’re also constantly finding ways to update and improve benefits, so you can get the most out of your membership.

  • Professional Registration – Get global recognition of your professional competence and technical excellence. Find out more.
  • Designation – As a RINA member, you’re entitled to use a designation specific to your membership class (AMRINA, MRINA, FRINA). It’s a great shorthand that shows your skills and experience have been confirmed by the industry’s governing body.
  • Publications – Free access to our range of world-renowned magazines and journals. Including RINA’s flagship magazine The Naval Architect. Check out the full range.
  • Resource library – A one-stop shop for journals, published and unpublished papers, reports, videos and technical presentations. You’ll also have access to our catalogue of Technical Papers and the chance to view rare and historic books from The Denny Library at Institution HQ.
  • Events – Join online and in-person lectures, presentations, seminars and workshops from world-leading professionals in the industry. View the events programme.
  • Scholarships and awards – Get support and recognition for your academic and professional achievements with one of our awards and prizes. Find out more.
  • Regional Branches – Join your local RINA branch to attend lectures and meet ups with professionals working in the industry near you.

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