If you are a Registered Member, or are eligible for Registered
Membership, and have made significant contributions to ergonomics over a
period of at least ten years, you could become a Fellow and be awarded Chartership, and get all the benefits of membership. You could be an academic, consultant or human factors practitioner. Check the eligibility criteria below.
Quick eligibility check
- I have made significant contributions to ergonomics & human factors for at least 10 years.
- I have had senior professional responsibility for at least 5 years.
- I have at least an intermediate level of proficiency for all competencies in the CIEHF Professional Competency Guidance.
- I can find 3 referees, of
whom at least 1 is a Fellow of the CIEHF, and at least 1 works outside my organisation. (If I’m not from the UK, I can
provide 3 referees who are of an equivalent standing in my own
ergonomics/human factors society or related professional body.)
- I can provide (or have recently provided) an up-to-date Continuous Professional Development (CPD) record as part of my application.
- I will abide by your code of professional conduct.
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 used in conjunction with a proficiency scale to show progress in breadth and depth of skills and expertise. See the guidance for this checklist.
The checklist forms part of the application for Fellowship to help demonstrate breadth (through the number) and depth (through levels of proficiency) of claimed competencies. If you are planning to upgrade to Fellowship, it might help you to complete the checklist as soon as you can. This will allow you to see any areas where you might need to fill any gaps. Use the checklist as a framework to identify your experience and highlight any pieces of supporting evidence you are providing with your application.
Note that you must have a minimum level of proficiency of 3 ('Intermediate') in each and every competence on the checklist.
If you are not already a Registered Member of the CIEHF, your application must show evidence of your professional experience. You must provide at least one piece of evidence for each of the 5 areas of competency on the Professional Competency Checklist.
Your professional responsibility
You should be able to demonstrate senior professional responsibility (SPR)
for at least 5 years. Please note that this is a differentiator between Fellowship and Registered Membership so is one of the chief requirements of your application. Your SPR should cover a range of skills and abilities that are
an integral part of professional and good quality ergonomics and human
factors practice, for example:
- Project management, team or capability group leadership within an ergonomics and human factors context.
- Significant financial or management responsibility within an ergonomics and human factors context.
- In an academic environment, demonstration of your leading role in
delivering, managing and developing approved ergonomics and human
- Taking the lead in research programmes, supported by resulting evidence of publications and presentations.
- The active promotion, development and growth of ergonomics and human
factors within an organisation, to ensure it is an integral part of
processes, products and activities.
- The planning of ergonomics and human factors contributions to
programmes and the control of their progress and outcome, by the
integration of professional and appropriate inputs to multidisciplinary
- Being sufficiently familiar with the technical language and jargon
used by those with different professional backgrounds and training
disciplines within an organisation, to improve dialogues, understanding
and the acceptance of ergonomics and human factors.
- The development and mentoring of the ergonomics and human factors team working with or for you.
- The ability to interpret and sometimes adapt ergonomics and human factors standards and specifications.
You 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.
All successful applicants for Fellowship will also gain Chartered status (or maintain it if you are already Chartered). Maintenance of Chartered status is dependent on suitable CPD activities being recorded each year. You will be able to
use the post-nominal C.ErgHF FCIEHF and you will receive a certificate.
Assessment of your application
Two suitably qualified members of the Institute’s Professional
Affairs Board will assess your application. They might ask you to submit
additional information if there are any areas which need clarification.
The application form will request and the assessors will examine:
- Your detailed job history.
- The details of your work and responsibilities over the last 10 years.
- Any awards and recognition you have received.
- Your CPD record, if you're not already Chartered.
Your list of academic publications, published reports and books (if you have one).
They will look for service to the profession of ergonomics and human factors and significant contributions to practice.
You will need to support your claim for eligibility with a 250 word summary, bringing your application together into a sound argument. This should not just be a list of the contents of your application but a coherent commentary that paints a picture of your professional development and achievements.
Note that a multi-authored report can be difficult to assess as
evidence, so you must be explicit about your contribution to such a
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, how they do their assessment, and to give yourself the best chance of success.