Membership is open to all those studying or working in transport planning, or related fields, on a professional basis, as well as to retired members. 

Members have been attracted from a wide range of organisations from the public to private sectors and from a range of educational backgrounds. We currently have over 1,000 individual and student members and our diverse membership is continuing to grow as the society develops...

There are three categories of Individual membership: 

  • Student / Apprentice
  • Standard / Retired
  • Designated (TPP)

Student membership is for anyone studying transport or related fields full time.  Apprentice membership is for any full-time transport planning apprentices.

Standard / Retired covers most other members.  .

Designated membership is for those members who hold the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification, provided by the TPS together with the Institution of Highways and Transportation; for more details see below.

Why Join?

  • Monthly ebulletins outlining the latest TPS news, events and transport planning vacancies
  • Free attendance at TPS meetings and events throughout the country, featuring high profile speakers, stimulating policy debates, social events and great networking opportunities with fellow transport professionals
  • Eligibility to apply for the Transport Planning Professional Qualification
  • 30% discount on three transport publications - Local Transport Today, New Transit and Planning. To download a discount form please click here
  • 25% discount on Passenger Transport - to download a discount form please click here
  • The opportunity to get involved in discussions on key technical and policy issues in transport, including regional events, and further your professional development
  • Discounts at TPS-supported events and conferences, including the annual Transport Practitioners Meeting
  • Eligibility to apply for a Bursary Award for younger professionals
    and become the new ‘TPS Bursarian of the Year’
  • TPS Members who commit to working to the professional standards required under the Society’s Code of Professional Conduct will become Registered Members of TPS and be permitted to use MTPS as post-nominals
  • Voting rights on matters related to the AGM and other meetings

How to Join

To download an Individual/Student/Apprentice/Retired form please click here.

If you wish to renew your existing annual membership online you can do so by clicking here.


Annual fees

Student / Apprentice      Free for first year then £10 for 3 subsequent years.
(From October 2017 membership will be free for a maximum of 3 years)

Standard / Retired:  £40

Designated (TPP): £95

You can apply online to become an Individual, Apprentice or Student Member by clicking here.  Alternatively you can download an application form. Membership runs from January to December each year, although if you apply from October onwards you will become a member for the following year with the rest of the current year free. Please note that payment will be collected by ICE on behalf of TPS.


Using MTPS as post-nominals

By joining as a Standard TPS Member, individuals commit to working to the professional standards required under the Society’s Code of Professional Conduct and are permitted to use MTPS as post-nominals. Designated Members, who are already committed to complying with the Code of Professional Conduct will also be able to use MTPS, as well as TPP, as post-nominals.

It is conventional practice that post-nominals for membership of learned societies and professional institutions come after academic and professional qualification, Chris Jones BA TPP MTPS, or for example.

The use of MTPS will help identify them in their work as transport planners, as well as raising the profile of transport planning as a profession.

The Code of Professional Conduct requires Standard and  Designated Members to:

  • ensure that they acquire, and use wisely and faithfully, the knowledge that is relevant to their work in the service of others;
  • adopt the highest standards of professional conduct, openness, fairness and honesty;
  • give due weight to all relevant law, facts, published guidance, best practice, and the wider public interest; and,
  • be aware of the issues that transport planning activities and outcomes raise for society, and listen to the aspirations and concerns of others.

In addition, members must accept the Society’s disciplinary process should there be any complaint about their alleged failure to comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct.

There is no extra cost but those members wanting to use MTPS as a post-nominal are assumed to have read, understood and will comply with the Code of Professional Conduct, and ensure that their subscription is fully paid.

A copy of the Code of Professional Conduct can be downloaded by clicking here. For further information contact the Society at


How to become a Designated Member (TPP):

  • Designated Membership is for those with the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification, provided by the Society together with the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
  • Candidates applying for the TPP must be members of the Society or CIHT, and if they are TPS members and not CIHT members they must apply for Designated Membership when they apply for award of the TPP
  • Designated Membership will not be awarded until the TPP qualification is awarded
  • In accordance with good professional practice, Designated Members are required to maintain at least 25 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) a year and to work in accordance with the Society’s Code of Professional Conduct

To download a Designated Member application form please click here.


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