Membership for engineers, students, and pensioners
Members of the Union of Professional Engineers in Finland are engineers and other experts in technical fields. The Union can be joined through a regional or national Membership organization. The Union has 30 regional Membership organization and eight national Membership organization. The appropriate Membership organization will be selected upon joining.
An engineering entrepreneur can also belong to the Union.
The membership fee is determined by the Membership organization.
It includes fees for membership in the Union and organization, as well as the unemployment fund if you have joined the unemployment fund through the Union.
Students who are studying to become engineers, construction architects, or construction foreman can join the Union through the Union of Engineering Students (IOL). Students studying IT belong to the Union through Tietoala ry (Association of IT Sector Employees) if the degree title is something other than Bachelor of Engineering. Student membership includes all the benefits and services of the Union.
Student membership fee
The student membership fee is EUR30, which is paid once you join the Union.
The membership fee covers student membership until graduation but does not exceed five years.
After the five-year membership period, a fee of EUR30 will be charged annually until graduation (for Tietoala ry, starting from 1.1.2020, a previous membership period will be taken into account when calculating the five years).
Also, the membership fee of the KOKO unemployment fund is invoiced annually for student members who are part of the fund. In 2022, the unemployment fund contribution is EUR63.
Changes in student information
The student information must be kept up to date during the student membership. Changes is student information, such as the estimated date of graduation, the educational institution, and the course of study, can be reported be reported on Member pages. In Member pages you can also join the unemployment fund if you are employed.
Member pages content is in Finnish. Changes to membership information can also be done by e-mail to Customer Service. Please fill in your membership number or date of birth when contacting the Customer Service.
When a student member graduates, he or she must submit a graduation notice.
You can submit a graduation notice as soon as you have graduated, or one month before graduation at the earliest. The easiest way to notify your graduation is through the Union’s Member pages.
From the date of graduation, the student membership will be continue as a regional Membership organization of the Union of Professional Engineers in Finlans, unless the member has indicated otherwise. By default, the Membership organization is determined by the postal address. Students in the IT field continue as a members of the Association of IT Sector Employees unless otherwise specified by the member.
If you join during your studies, you will receive a discount after graduation on Union’s membership for the first 18-months without a separate application for the discount. The discount is EUR14 from the monthly membership fee.
The end of a career does not mean separation from one’s profession, membership of the Union also continues in retirement. Pensioner membership includes all the benefits and services of the Union. The insurance expires at the end of the year the member turns 90.
Pensioner membership fee
The pensioner membership fee is charged annually, and it includes membership in the Union and its Membership organization.
Applying for a pensioner membership
You can become a pensioner member once you retire permanently. Pensioner membership requires the termination of membership of the unemployment fund joined through the Union.
You can apply for a pensioner membership by submitting an application for a discount on membership fees, a termination notice of the unemployment fund, and proof of permanent retirement.
If you retire in the middle of the year, pensioner membership will be granted from the following full year.
A discount on the membership fee can be obtained for all full calendar months that you are permanently retired.