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.

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 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.

Your experience

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 factors courses.
  • 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 programmes.
  • 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.

Your referees

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.

Chartered status

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 report.

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.

Questions you might have

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 CErg.HF FCIEHF, 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 your application. We will help you all we can with this.

£247 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].

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.

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. Gather all your documents

Compile your publications list and make sure your CV is up to date. If you are not currently a CIEHF member with Chartered status, you must also provide an up-to-date CPD submission as part of your application.

3. Contact your referees

Download the referee report form and email each of your 3 referees a copy. Ask them to email it directly back to us (details are on the form).

4. Complete the application form

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

5. 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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