Becoming a member of the Institute of Search and Technical Rescue couldn’t be easier, but it is important to identify the appropriate grade of entry.
Whether you are a newcomer to the rescue sector or an experienced leader in the field, there is an appropriate membership grade for you.
Progression through the Institute grades can be achieved through vocational experience or our examination route.
All membership grades receive a certificate, pin badge, access to the membership library and eligibility to access the Institute examination syllabus.
The Student grade is aimed at junior members of an accredited rescue organisation or unqualified members
studying for the entry level InSTR examinations.
The annual subscription to the Student grade of membership is £25 p/a
The Associate grade is aimed at out of trade rescue professionals or those who share the values and interests
of the Institute and wish to be associated.
The annual subscription to the Associate grade of membership is £25 p/a
The Technician grade is for those qualified in one or more technical disciplines with evidence of currency and continued
The annual subscription fee for the Technician grade of membership is £35 p/a and Technicians are entitled to use the
post-nominal letters TInSTR.
Entry level for Graduate status requires a minimum of three Technical Rescue qualifications in separate disciplines at the Operational (practitioner) level
e.g. rope rescue, water rescue and wide area search with evidence of continued professional development.
Graduate level can also be achieved following successful completion of the Institute’s level 3 examinations.
The annual subscription for the Graduate grade of membership is £55 p/a. Graduates are entitled to use the post-nominal letters GInSTR.
There are two routes to obtaining the Member grade of the Institute:
Experiential route. Achieved by demonstrating significant experience in at least two disciplines,
one of which must be in a management or leadership role, this should be at the Tactical (Silver) level. You will also need to provide evidence of continued professional development in all.
Examination route. Achieved following the successful completion of the Institute’s level 4 examinations.
The annual subscription for Members is £75 p/a and Members are entitled to use the post-nominal letters MInSTR.
Fellowship is awarded by the Institute’s Council for outstanding services to Search & Rescue or Technical Rescue
or for services to the Institute.
The annual subscription fee for Fellow’s is £105 p/a and holders are entitled to use the post-nominal letters FInSTR.
Affiliated Corporations and Organisations support the aims, objectives and activities of the Institute.
They are also committed to the continued professional development of their employees or members.
Corporate membership fees are graded dependent on the size of the organisation.