European Ergonomist

We believe that accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors at any professional membership grade up to and including with Chartered status provides a comprehensive assurance of your continuing quality as an ergonomist or human factors professional. We believe no further qualification should be required to enable you to deliver ergonomics and human factors work anywhere in the world.

We have, for some time provided, on request, a means by which CIEHF members may apply for registration with the Centre for Registration of European Ergonomists (CREE). CREE was originally established to provide accreditation for applicants living or working in Europe where no national accreditation body existed. CREE has no financial relationship nor agreed formal standing with CIEHF. We agreed historically to provide a route for CIEHF members who may wish to register with CREE should such applicants believe that registration with CREE may provide some advantage for work to be delivered in mainland Europe. CIEHF has no formal opinion on the value of CREE registration.

If accepted, successful applicants may elect to use the descriptor ‘European Ergonomist’ or ‘Eur.Erg’.

Registration with CREE shows that a successful applicant has:

  • a broad education in ergonomics at university level
  • at least three years of practical experience as an ergonomist
  • continuously developed their skills in ergonomics
  • been granted professional certification following a peer review process

There are about 35 CIEHF members, from a community of over 800 CIEHF professional members, who choose to be recognised also as European Ergonomists. CIEHF members make up about one-tenth of the total CREE-registered community in Europe.

Minimum requirements for CREE registration

The minimum requirements for CREE registration are that you should be a professional ergonomist or human factors specialist who has a knowledge of the principles of ergonomics and of the relevant human characteristics in the areas of anatomy, physiology, psychology and social organisation as well as knowledge of the how the physical environment affects people. You need to provide satisfactory evidence of the following:

  • Three years of university level education at least one of which is dedicated to ergonomics
  • At least one year of supervised training
  • At least two years of professional experience following supervised training
  • Use of statistical techniques experimental design methods and approaches to investigate modify or design working equipment or workplaces for human benefit
  • Experience in taking full responsibility for the use and application of ergonomics knowledge and methods in practical work over a period of not less than two years beyond your main ergonomics education and training

You must agree to abide by the CREE Code of Conduct. The registration fee is £250 and registration is valid for 5 years.

How to apply

You will need to email the following documents to the Chair of the CIEHF CREE panel Mike Gray with a copy to the CIEHF:

  • An up-to-date CV that includes your job history (specifically in the last five years) ergonomics projects you have undertaken together with levels of responsibility your areas of work within ergonomics your achievements and a list of your significant publications
  • CPD records with learning outcomes from specific activities or events attended over the course of the last 2-3 years together with a forward plan
  • a completed CREE New Applicant Summary Form
  • a completed CREE New Applicant Education Form

Renewing your registration

At least 3 months before your renewal is due you will be contacted and invited to renew your registration. You must be able to demonstrate that you are still employed actively in ergonomics. You will need to email the following documents to the Chair of the CIEHF CREE panel with a copy to the CIEHF:

  • An up-to-date CV that includes your job history (specifically in the last five years) ergonomics projects you have undertaken together with levels of responsibility your areas of work within ergonomics your achievements and a list of your significant publications
  • CPD records with learning outcomes from specific activities or events attended over the course of the last 5 years together with a forward plan
  • a completed CREE Renewal Summary Form

What happens next?

The CIEHF CREE Panel chair, will assist you with your application and will organise for your documents to be reviewed by the Panel. At this point you will be invoiced for the application fee. If this initial review is successful your application will be passed on to the CREE Council for approval. If your application is approved you will be issued with a certificate and your name will appear in the register of European Ergonomists and on the CREE website.

About CREE

With the adoption of free labour movement in the EU it was apparent that common agreement on the level of expertise to be expected of a competent ergonomist or human factors professional was desirable. The International Ergonomics Association proposed a standard and in 1992 the harmonisation of professional training was recommended. The minimum requirements for registration were defined. CREE was established to administer the registration process in Europe. CREE has a Council made up of one representative from each national ergonomics society. This meets twice a year, typically June and November, to consider applications or renewals.