Getting to the top of the profession

What is Chartership?  

Chartership is a prestigious recognition granted by a professional body, signifying high expertise, competence and commitment in a specific field. Our Royal Charter, granted in 2015, signifies highest recognition for the dynamic discipline of ergonomics and human factors.  

The Charter gives us the unique authority to grant and regulate the protected 'Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist' designation, with the associated post-nominals C.ErgHF. It emphasises the recognition of the discipline's importance and the Institute's leadership role in representing the discipline and the profession within the UK and globally.  

Attaining Chartered status offers several significant benefits. Let’s find out more.

Who can be Chartered?

You could - if you successfully apply to be a Registered Member or Fellow of the Institute! When you apply for either of these grades, you also apply, at the same time, for Chartered status.

Why should I get Chartered?

Firstly, holding Chartered status signifies a high level of professional competence and expertise, which is internationally recognised. But there's many more reasons, including...

  • It showcases a commitment to staying up-to-date with advances in the discipline through Continuous Professional Development (CPD), demonstrating the value you bring to the profession of ergonomics and human factors.  
  • Being able to use the post-nominal C.ErgHF shows you’re part of an exceptional group of professionals working at the highest level.  
  • It enhances your professional credibility in the field and among your peers.  
  • If you’re already practicing human factors, achieving Chartered status is a natural progression to showcase your dedication to your field and professional growth.

How can I get Chartered?

Becoming Chartered involves the following steps:

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  1. Membership: Join us as an Associate Member first and enjoy all the benefits of membership while you put your application together to become a Registered Member of CIEHF.
  2. Eligibility Criteria: Ensure you meet the Institute's criteria regarding education and professional experience in ergonomics and human factors.
  3. CPD: Engage in human factors-related CPD activities and keep a record.
  4. Application: Submit your application for Registered Membership and Chartered status, including details of your qualifications, experience (in a log book) and your CPD activities.
  5. Assessment: Wait while your application undergoes assessment.
  6. Award: If you’re successful, congratulate yourself! You'll be awarded Chartered status and can use the C.ErgHF designation.

Staying committed to professional development and meeting the Institute's criteria are the key steps for Chartered status.

How can I maintain my Chartered status?

Follow the ‘3C rules’ to maintain your Chartership:

Continued Membership: Maintain your membership with the CIEHF as a Registered Member or Fellow, including ensuring timely payment of your membership fees or any other dues required by the Institute.

CPD Recording: Engage in ongoing CPD activities related to ergonomics and human factors. This might involve attending workshops, conferences, courses, or other learning opportunities. Keep detailed records of your CPD activities through your CIEHF account.

Compliance: Adhere to the professional standards, ethics and code of conduct set by the CIEHF.

Questions you might have

Do I have to pay to be Chartered?

There’s no additional fee for our Chartership service. It’s included in your annual membership subscription.

Will I stay Chartered forever?

Yes, as long as you stay with us as a Registered Member or Fellow and you keep up your CPD submissions.