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IOSH membership grades

Supporting you on your professional journey

Our new membership grades structure is live. It includes more clearly defined entry routes, more transparent progression from one grade to another and a new experiential route to Certified and Chartered membership.

Your grade is important – it reflects your qualifications, skills, experience and ongoing investment in both your career and the wider health and safety profession.

On this page, you can find out the following information.

What are the changes

See the diagrams below for our new membership grades structure.

Membership grades

Membership progression


We encourage all members eligible to progress their membership to do so. Find out how to upgrade.

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Our new Fellowship and experiential routes

We’ve introduced a new route to Chartered Fellow – our highest level of membership. This process is designed so applicants can evidence ‘excellence in both practice and contribution’.

Read more and apply for our Fellowship route.

We’ve also introduced a new way for you to achieve Certified or Chartered status without completing additional qualifications. Our experiential route is for occupational safety and health (OSH) leaders, including consultants working with businesses to drive improvements in OSH practice. It allows you to progress your membership based on experience you’ve gained over your career.

Not yet a member? You can join as an Affiliate Member and, if eligible, progress your professional journey through this route.

Read more and apply for our experiential route.

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Your CPD requirements by grade

Our new membership grades all centre on the need to develop, recognise and maintain professional competence. That’s why the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • CPD – Technical, Certified and Chartered Members and Chartered Fellows
  • Ethics – Chartered Members and Chartered Fellows.

Having a more rigorous continuing professional development (CPD) system enables us to protect and demonstrate consistent standards. This is great for you, as a member, and the quality of OSH provision worldwide. The requirement underpins the value of our membership categories and ensures public confidence in IOSH members.

Ethical practice brings about public trust and enhances OSH’s reputation. So, we’ve also made IOSH Ethical Practice in OSH e-learning and assessment mandatory for the members we expect to lead the profession.

You can find out about the benefits of CPD and ethics, your requirements, the help available and what happens if you don’t fulfil your obligations by visiting the pages below.

Read all about CPD

Read all about ethics

Whatever your grade, we encourage you to maintain your CPD and take the ethics training and assessments. You can access them both in Blueprint, your professional journey package.

Log into Blueprint

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Need any help?

We’ve communicated these changes via a series of emails and a letter to all members. Check your spam folder just in case.

Check out our FAQs or contact our customer service centre via email or on +44 (0)116 350 0800.

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