Initial Professional Development (IPD)

Make your experience count and progress to Chartered membership through our IPD scheme.

Once you are a Graduate Member, you can enrol onto the Initial Professional Development (IPD) scheme which will include a clearly structured assessment procedure and a review of your qualifications to measure your knowledge, commitment and experience. If you successfully complete the assessment and interview, you will progress to Chartered membership.

What is IPD?

IPD is the one-off assessment process that Graduate Members need to go through in order to become a Chartered Member. By passing the assessment, you demonstrate your competence, knowledge, skills and experience. You may find some answers in the IPD FAQ's or by watching this presentation.

Its internationally recognised that IOSH Chartered Members are at the top of their profession. Chartered status will help you:

  • improve your ability to influence decision-makers
  • work on an equal footing with other professionals
  • increase your future employability.

There are several ways to achieve Chartered membership. The specific process you will undertake depends on how you became a Graduate Member, discover the different routes below.

routes to chartered membership

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Want to start your IPD journey? Fill in the registration form below and a member of our team will contact you to take payment. If you encounter any issues when submitting the form then please email csc@iosh.com. The registration fee is £160, which is a contribution towards the cost of the IPD process. You can pay using most credit or debit cards (except American Express and Diners Club). We also accept cheques or bank drafts made payable to IOSH.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll have two years to complete the process (if you haven’t completed your IPD by then, you’ll have to register and pay the registration fee again).

We’re always happy to answer any questions, so if you are unsure as to what route you need to follow, please contact our Professional Development team by calling +44 (0)116 257 3200 or emailing PDS@iosh.com.

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Please note in 2023 we’ll be implementing the new IOSH membership grades. This will include changes to IPD. We’ll be sending out detailed communications to members shortly, to give plenty of preparation time, so please check your inboxes. Click here to find out more about the new IOSH membership grades.