Training Course Accreditation

If you run a training or short course that either leads to an academic qualification or a shorter course that leads to a vocational attendance certificate, then please consider applying for CIEHF Short Course Accreditation.

Courses accredited by us will be promoted through this website and in response to enquiries for training. Only accredited or ‘recognised’ courses are recommended to people who ask us about ergonomics/human factors training.

You can use a special CIEHF accredited short course logo and the text “This is a CIEHF Accredited Short Course” in your publicity for the course.

Quick eligibility check

  • My course covers the following area within the CIEHF's Professional Competencies (see more details about these competencies and how they are used in CIEHF):
    • Ergonomics/human factors principles
      • Ability to identify and apply methods of analysis, evaluation and validation with respect to human interfaces for tasks, activities and environments.
  • My course may also cover one or more of the areas below:
    • Ergonomics/human factors theory and practice
    • Human capabilities and limitations
    • Design and development of systems
    • Professional skills and implementation
  • The trainers hold suitable and sufficient qualifications or experience in the subject being taught.
For academic courses:
  • My course covers at least 15 elements within the Professional Competencies - a competency checklist is included with the application form.
  • There is at least one member of the teaching faculty who is a Chartered Member of the CIEHF.
For vocational training courses:
  • My course covers at least 5 elements within the Professional Competencies - a competency checklist is included with the application form.
  • All trainers are members of the CIEHF (excluding Student Members).

Course content

The applicant shall demonstrate that the content covered in the training course is within the scope of the IEA ergonomics definition adopted by CIEHF as follows:

“Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.”

The content shall cover all or part of one or more of the competencies included in the CIEHF’s Professional Competency Checklist.

The course content description shall also clearly demonstrate:

  • What is being taught on the course.
  • How and where the content fits into the system view of the discipline.
  • How long the course is.
  • What the target learning objectives are.
  • Who the target audience is and any relevant prerequisites.
  • What competencies if any should be achieved.
  • What materials are being used.
  • What resources are required.
If the course implies competence, then it must include assessment materials, evaluation methods and feedback details.

Course trainers

All trainers shall hold suitable and sufficient qualifications and experience in the subject being taught, and to cover the scope and depth of the content.

All trainers should be able to demonstrate practical application of the material they are teaching and show evidence of the knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary to manage and deliver the course.

Professional competencies

The course content must cover the first of the Professional Competency Checklist areas: ‘Ergonomics/human factors principles’ and teach delegates how to identify and apply methods of analysis, evaluation and validation with respect to human interfaces for tasks, activities and environments.

The course may also cover one or more of the other 4 areas:

  1. Ergonomics/human factors theory and practice
  2. Human capabilities and limitations
  3. Design and development of systems
  4. Professional skills and implementation
Academic courses, such as PG Certs, must cover at least 15 elements within the Professional Competencies Checklist.

Vocational training courses must cover at least 5 elements within the Professional Competencies Checklist.

Assessment of your application

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.

After accreditation

For vocational courses:
  • We will provide ergonomics and human factors context to be included in your course material.
  • We will supply you with an offer for discounted membership for your delegates.
  • We will supply you with a delegate attendance certificate template for you to use if you wish.

Questions you might have


There are no fees for academic, public and voluntary sector courses where there is no commercial gain in running the course. For other courses, there is an application fee of £200+VAT plus a three year licence fee of £300+VAT.

Accreditation lasts for 3 years or until changes are made to any key area, for example, duration, teaching staff, content or assessment. At this time the course must be reassessed. We reserve the right to carry out random spot checks on any of the accredited courses.

How to apply

1. Gather your course material

Provide a detailed syllabus of the course including information on course design, timetable, content, components, practical work, hand-outs, reading lists and target audience.

2. Compile CVs

Gather CVs of those teaching the course.

3. Complete your application

Download the application form, complete it and email it all to us.

4. 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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