Registered Member

If you have broad knowledge, experience and skills in ergonomics and human factors, you could become a Registered Member and be awarded Chartered status, and get all the benefits of membership. You could be an academic, consultant or human factors practitioner in a company. Check the eligibility criteria below.

Quick eligibility check

For all applicants:

  • I have a National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 which equates to a graduate degree, a BTEC level 6 or an NVQ level 4.
  • I have at least a novice proficiency level of all competencies in the CIEHF Professional Competency Checklist.
  • I have carried out at least 10 significant ergonomics/ human factors activities or projects since graduation.
  • I have at least 1 documented example from each year of my experience as evidence of my competence.
  • I can provide (or have recently provided) an up-to-date CPD record as part of my application.
  • I can find referees who are Registered Members or Fellows of the CIEHF (or equivalent in a related professional body), and at least 1 of whom works outside my organisation.
  • I will abide by your code of professional conduct.

For applicants who have a mentor and have graduated from a Qualifying Course:

  • I have a minimum of 3 years' experience, with at least 1 year of mentored supervision (at least 150 days).
  • I have a minimum of 300 days' experience that I can demonstrate in my log book entries.
  • I can find 2 referees.

For applicants who have a mentor and have not graduated from a Qualifying Course:

  • I have a minimum of 4 years' experience, with at least 2 years of mentored supervision (at least 300 days).
  • I have a minimum of 400 days' experience that I can demonstrate in my log book entries.
  • I can find 2 referees.

For applicants who do not have a mentor, whether or not they have graduated from a Qualifying Course:

  • I have a minimum of 6 years' experience.
  • I have a minimum of 600 days' experience that I can demonstrate in my log book entries.
  • I can find 3 referees.

Key points

Professional competencies

A checklist of professional competencies has been developed by CIEHF as a guide to expected competencies for qualification as an ergonomist and human factors specialist. It is already in use as an assessment tool for CIEHF accreditation of degree courses. It can be used in conjunction with a proficiency scale to show progress in breadth and depth of skills and expertise as your career progresses.

The checklist now forms part of the application for Registered Membership to help demonstrate breadth (through the number) and depth (through levels of proficiency) of claimed competencies. If you are planning to upgrade to Registered Membership, it might help you to complete the checklist as soon as you can. This will allow you to see any areas where you are particularly strong which might guide your log book entries or where you might need to fill any gaps. You will need to give evidence for all proficiency claims at level 4 or 5. Examples of these could be log book entries, training courses or a publication.

Note that for Registered Membership, you must have a minimum level of proficiency of 2 ('Novice') in each and every competence on the checklist.

Your log book

Your log book is a key part of your application as it demonstrates to the assessors the ergonomics that you have undertaken over your minimum period of work experience. Ideally you should start your log book as soon as you start working professionally. The following criteria must be met:

1. Your log book must contain between 10 and 20 separate records covering a minimum of:

  • 300 days for a graduate from a Qualifying Course, including a minimum 150 days of mentored activity.
  • 400 days for a graduate from a non-Qualifying Course, including a minimum 300 days of mentored activity.
  • 600 days for all others.

2. The entries in the log book must demonstrate to the assessors your ergonomics and human factors expertise and your professional development.

3. To provide detailed information about some of the work in your log book, you must submit examples of your work activities. The minimum number of pieces of supporting evidence is:

  • 3 for a graduate from a Qualifying Course.
  • 4 for a graduate from a non-Qualifying Course.
  • 6 for all others.

Note that a multi-authored report can be difficult to assess as evidence, so you must be explicit about your contribution to such a report.

Each record in your log book should comprise:

  1. A brief summary, with detailed documentation in an appendix.
  2. Discussion of the components of the human factors/ergonomics involved. For example, provide a list of reports that you have produced, the names of particular methods, tools and techniques that you used. Include reference to conference proceedings or journal articles relating to your log book entry.
  3. Discussion of the personal and professional/technical skills involved.
  4. An indication of your degree of responsibility, level of authority and description of your role in the project.
  5. Reflection on the successful and less successful features of each project.

Your mentor

Not all applications for Registered Membership have to include a period of mentored supervision – you can apply without as long as you have the minimum period of qualifying experience (see the Questions at the bottom of this page).

Your mentor should have professional experience within your particular area of work, so you should firstly look for a mentor from within your own organisation. Note that your mentor cannot also be one of your referees.

If you don’t know anyone who could be your mentor, you could attend a Regional Group event in your area to meet more people locally, or go to the CIEHF’s own Ergonomics & Human Factors conference where there will be lots of people who might be able to help you. If you are really struggling to find anyone, contact us and we will try to help you.

Your mentor should give you independent advice and guidance as a qualified and experienced ergonomist/human factors expert on your professional development. They should review your log book at least four times per year. Ideally, this will involve the mentor and you meeting at least twice per year, perhaps with other reviews taking place at a distance. When you apply for Registered Membership, your mentor must endorse your log book activities with a written report on work and progress. Download mentor report example.  

The mentor’s contribution to your application for Registered Membership is vital. The assessors do not know you, so rely on the evidence provided by you and your mentor to assess your eligibility for membership. The assessors are looking for the mentor to have guided you, and to report your progress and approach on the mentor report form and to have ensured that you have adopted ‘an ergonomics approach’ in that you think and work like a professional ergonomist.

Find out more about mentoring.

Your referees

Your referees must know you well enough to form a robust opinion of your professional work and status. Their reports are an important part of your application and must show strong support for it. This is especially true where you don't have a mentor's report to back up your application. Download referee report example.  

Chartered status

All successful Registered Member applicants will also be awarded Chartered status. Maintenance of Chartered status is dependent on suitable CPD activities being recorded each year. More instructions about CPD can be found on the application form.

Once you become a Registered Member with Chartered status, you will be able to use the post-nominal C.ErgHF MCIEHF. You will also receive a certificate indicating your new status.

Assessment of your application

Two suitably qualified members of the Institute’s Professional Affairs Board (PAB) will assess your application. They might ask you to submit additional information if they feel there are any areas that need clarification.

In order for your application to have the best chance of success, make sure it contains enough information for the assessors to answer positively all the following questions:

– Have you completed the necessary minimum time for professional experience?
– Have you demonstrated sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge?
– Do your log book and reports contain sufficient work to enable the assessment to be done?
– Does the mentor’s report confirm your mentored experience?
– Does the mentor’s report confirm acceptable levels of performance in the use of ergonomics and human factors concepts and techniques and professional behaviour?
– Have you demonstrated sufficient experience?
– Have you demonstrated sufficient professional development?
– Have you demonstrated a systems approach to your work?
– Are your referees reports adequate and supportive?

During the assessment of your application, all assessors follow specific written guidance and complete a checklist to ensure they work consistently and we maintain an clear record of your application. You should read these too before you apply to understand what the assessors are looking for and how they do their assessment.

Listen to a webinar on getting Chartered

You might also want to listen to a webinar called Busting the myths around Chartership where we give you top tips and insights to ensure you have the best chance of success with your applicaiton.

Questions you might have

Yes, we have examples that give you guidance in the level of detail required to satisfy the assessors that your knowledge and competence levels meet the criteria required for successful Registered Member application. Download the log book example

Yes, you can include work undertaken during a period of work experience as part of your degree. It counts at a rate of 50% (i.e. one year’s industrial placement counts as 6 months’ qualifying experience) but to be eligible it must be suitably supervised, with mentor’s comments. If you have relevant work experience from before your degree, you can count that towards your total experience time at a rate of 75%.

Yes you can, your log book can reflect work you have already done.

We deal with all files relating to applications as securely as possible. You can be assured that all our assessors are used to dealing with confidential reports, and they have all signed Non-Disclosure Agreements. Only the two assessors dealing with your application will see the reports, and they (and we) will delete all reports after completion of your application. If that's not sufficient, you can redact sensitive information from the reports and submit them without specific details like client and company names, product details, locations etc. The assessors are looking for evidence of human factors expertise, application and practice so would not be concerned if that information was missing.

Depending on the number of years you have been practising ergonomics and human factors, you may be eligible to apply for Registered Membership without needing a period of mentored supervision. You need to be able to demonstrate that you have accrued 6 years or equivalent full time work experience. As part of your application, you will need to include a logbook covering a minimum total of 600 days’ full time work and 6 supporting reports.

That depends on several things such as the quality and completeness of your application, and the speed with which we receive your referees reports. The assessors are all volunteers so must find time to assess your application, though they will endeavour to do this as quickly as possible. If all goes well, we hope to have your application processed within 6 weeks.

Congratulate yourself! If your application is accepted, we will let you know straight away and you will be sent confirmation of the decision. You will also get a certificate and will be able to use the post-nominal MCIEHF, as recognition of your professional status.

You will be given guidance as to the areas in which it was felt that your application was lacking, so that you get a chance to improve the material so you can reapply in the future. Alternatively, you have the option, if you wish, to appeal a decision to reject your application. In which case, within 6 weeks of the decision being sent to you, should contact us by email to [email protected] We will then guide you through the process.

£219 for a year. There is also a one-off application and assessment fee of £60.

Provided you maintain up to date acceptable CPD submissions each year and pay your membership subscriptions when they become due, then you will keep your status. If you let your CPD submissions lapse, then you may lose it.

If you have been a member with us for at least 10 years' you can apply for Retired Member status. You will need to declare that you receive no financial income from practising ergonomics. As a Retired Member, you will be able to:
- pay a reduced subscription rate
- continue with your grade of membership and benefits as before retirement
- remain on the Register of Registered Members and Fellows (if applicable), and be identified as retired
The subscription rate for a Retired Member is £36. To apply, email [email protected].

How to apply

1. Check your competencies

Download the Professional Competency Checklist to check your competencies and decide on your proficiency level for each and every competency.

2. Create your log book

Download the template, complete your log book entries, map them to your competencies and gather your supporting documents.

3. Contact your mentor

Download the mentor report form and email your mentor a copy. Ask them to complete it and email it directly back to us (details are on the form).

4. Contact your referees

Download the referee report form and email each of your 2 referees a copy. Ask them to complete the form and email it directly back to us (details are on the form).

5. Complete your application

Click on Apply now to download the application form and follow the instructions it contains.

6. Pay the application fee

Once we have received your application, we will issue you with an invoice for the application fee, together with instructions on how to pay. Once you have paid the invoice, we can begin the assessment process.

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