Training course accreditation

If you run a course that is either introductory and aimed at non-ergonomists, or specialist and aimed at providing CPD (continuing professional development) for ergonomists, then please consider applying for CIEHF accreditation.

Courses can take any format from an introductory 2 hour workshop to a 60 credit Postgraduate Certificate (awarded from a Qualifying Course).

Courses accredited by us will be actively promoted through this website, at conferences, 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 recognised course logo and the text “This is a CIEHF Recognised Course” in your publicity for the course.

Quick eligibility check

  • My course covers elements within one or more of the CIEHF Professional Competencies outlined below:
  • Ergonomics/human factors principles
  • 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. They are Registered Members or Fellows of the CIEHF.

Key points

Course certificates

We can issue you with a certificate for each successful delegate, which we can send to you by post or you can print them yourself. We keep lists of all delegates and records of dates on which each accredited course is run, so as a provider you will need to supply us with this information. We make a charge of £10 per delegate to cover this adminstration and our marketing of your course.

How to apply


Gather your course material

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


Compile CVs

Gather CVs of staff delivering a combined total of at least 75% of the course.


Complete your application

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


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.

Questions you might have

Where can I find out more about the CIEHF Professional Competencies?

This is the full list of competencies:

  1. Ergonomics/Human Factors (E/HF) principles

1 Ability to identify and apply methods of analysis, evaluation and validation with respect to human interfaces for tasks, activities and environments.

1.1 Understands the role and application of E/HF principles in optimising system performance and wellbeing across all ages and capabilities.

1.2 Demonstrates ability to enhance health, safety, comfort, quality of life, attitudes, motivation, usability, effectiveness and efficiency.

1.3 Demonstrates ability to identify potential and existing high risk tasks, activities and environments.

  1. Ergonomics/Human Factors (E/HF) theory and practice

2.1 Understands theoretical and practice bases for (re)design of human interfaces (physical and mental).

2.1a Demonstrates use of E/HF theories, methods and tools for analysis of systems (including process), tasks, workload (physical and mental) including mental models, communication and anthropometry.

2.2 Understands the theoretical and practice bases for (re)design of human interfaces (physical and mental).

2.2a Understands the influence of such factors as a person’s body size, skill, cognitive abilities, age, sensory capacity, general health and experience.

2.2b Demonstrates ability to integrate E/HF principles and concepts into systems, interface and product design including requirements development and validation.

2.2c Evaluates user needs for safety, efficiency, reliability, ease of use.

2.2d Understands the management of E/HF risks, including priorities and mitigations; potential benefits and costs of E/HF solutions; short and long term goals relevant to defined problems.

2.2e Can apply relevant legislation, codes of practice, standards (government and industry).

2.2f Determines whether the interface or interaction is amenable to E/HF intervention.

2.3 Understands the theoretical and practice bases for data collection and analysis relating to E/HF.

2.3a Understands the type of quantitative and qualitative data required for E/HF appraisal and design; selects and validates the proposed collection/analysis methods and tools.

2.3b Understands and can apply the basics of experimental design and statistics.

2.3c Understands and can apply the basics of qualitative study design and analysis including knowledge elicitation, interviews, document analysis, and observation.

2.3d Demonstrates ability to seek and obtain relevant ethical approval for E/HF data collection and analysis.

  1. Human capabilities and limitations

3.1 Understands the theoretical and practice bases for E/HF relating to physical capabilities and limitations.

3.1a Demonstrates a working knowledge of anatomy, functional anatomy, anthropometry, physiology, pathophysiology, and environmental sciences as they apply to E/HF practice.

3.1b Can apply knowledge of biomechanics, anthropometry, motor control, energy, forces applied as they relate to stresses and strains produced in the human body.

3.1c Understands the effects of the environment (including acoustic, thermal, visual, vibration) and individual sensory response (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell) on human health and performance.

3.2 Understands the theoretical and practice bases for E/HF relating to psychological and social capabilities and limitations.

3.2a Understands theoretical concepts and principles of social and psychological sciences relevant to E/HF.

3.2b Can apply knowledge of biomechanics, anthropometry, motor control, energy, forces applied as they relate to stresses and strains produced in the human body.

3.2c Understands the effects of the environment (including acoustic, thermal, visual, vibration) and individual sensory response (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell) on human health and performance.

3.2d Demonstrates a knowledge of systems theory including socio-technical systems and culture (e.g. organisational and safety culture).

3.2e Understands the principles of group functioning, motivation, engagement and participation.

3.2f Understands the principles of organisational management including individual, group (team) and organisational change techniques, including training and work structuring.

  1. Design and development of systems including products, tasks, jobs, organisations and environments

4.1 Understands the theoretical and practice bases for E/HF relating to design and development of systems.

4.1a Understands basic engineering (technology) concepts, with a focus on design solutions and contextual operation of technologies.

4.1b Demonstrates an understanding of the principles of E/HF and human-machine interface technology including hardware, software, internet and network based technologies and social media.

4.1c Understands the requirements for safety systems, the concepts of risk, risk assessment and risk management.

4.2 Utilises a systems approach to the human-aspects of the specification, design, assessment and acceptance of products, services and human factors interventions.

4.2a Applies E/HF principles to design of systems (and services), products, job aids, controls, displays, instrumentation and other aspects of tasks and activities.

4.2b Understands the iterative nature of design development including simulation and computer modelling.

4.2c Considers the options for achieving a balance between human and technological, task and environment to achieve optimal system.

4.2d Selects appropriate forms of E/HF solutions and recommendations based on theoretical knowledge and practice, and develops a comprehensive, integrated and prioritised approach.

  1. Professional skills and implementation

5.1 Understands role of E/HF in change strategies.

5.1a Provides design specifications and guidelines for technological, organisational and E/HF design or redesign of the work process, the activity and the environment which match the findings of E/HF analysis.

5.1b Develops strategies to introduce a new design to achieve a healthy and safe human interaction.

5.1c Recognises the safety hierarchy, application of primary and secondary controls and the order of introducing controls.

5.1d Recommends personnel selection where appropriate as part of a balanced solution to the defined problem.

5.1e Interacts effectively to clients at all levels of personnel.

5.2 Develops appropriate recommendations for education and training in relation to E/HF principles.

5.2a Understands current concepts of education and training relevant to application of E/HF principles.

5.2b Implements effective education and training programmes relevant to understanding the introduction of E/HF measures.

5.3 Supervises the application and evaluation of the E/HF plan.

5.3a Implements appropriate design or modifications.

5.3b Incorporates methods to allow continuous improvement.

5.3c Selects appropriate criteria for evaluation.

5.3d Produces clear, concise, accurate and meaningful records and reports.

5.4 Shows a commitment to ethical practice and high standards of performance and acts in accordance with legal requirements.

5.4a Behaves in a manner consistent with accepted codes and standards of professional behaviour.

5.4b Recognises the scope of personal ability for E/HF analysis and when it is necessary to consult and collaborate with different professional experts.

5.4c Demonstrates commitment to ongoing professional development by maintaining skill set and an awareness of wider E/HF practice.


How much does it cost?

The application fee is £50+VAT. Then for each year of accreditation, including the first, there is a fee of £100+VAT.

How long does my course accreditation last?

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.

Who will assess my course?

Your course will be assessed by the Education & Training Panel of the Professional Affairs Board of the Institute.

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