Initial Professional Development frequently asked questions (FAQs)

For members already enrolled on IPD

What does IPD involve?

Initial Professional Development (IPD) is a one-off assessment process that enables Graduate members to progress to Chartered status. It is in three sections:

  • Skills Development Portfolio (SDP) and/or Electronic Open Assessment (EOA)
  • CPD audit
  • Peer Review Interview (PRI).

What is the difference between IPD and CPD?

Continuing professional development (CPD) is an online record that tracks your career progress and professional development. IPD is a process that assesses your skills and experience in health and safety.

How long does it take to complete the IPD process and achieve Chartered membership?

This is up to you. Members can complete the process within six to nine months of registering for IPD.

I’ve completed my SDP and/or EOA. What happens now?

IOSH will inform you, via email, that you have completed the first stage of your IPD, and that your CPD will be audited shortly. Once you have passed the CPD audit you will receive an email asking you to book your PRI.

What is the PRI?

This is a one-hour assessment of your skills, knowledge and experience in health and safety. It will be conducted by three volunteers who are IOSH Chartered Members or Chartered Fellows. You will be asked eight questions, which are based on:

  • your IPD journey
  • your core skills as a safety practitioner
  • the IOSH Code of Conduct.

You will also be asked to complete a 10-minute presentation based on your health and safety background and future goals. You will present this at the beginning of your interview.