HCD Technical Degree Course Accreditation

If you are running an undergraduate or postgraduate Human-Centred Design (HCD) degree course that enables students to gain knowledge of several core disciplines, enables them to integrate knowledge across domains and enables them to apply a systems approach, then consider applying for CIEHF HCD Technical Degree Course accreditation.

Graduates from CIEHF HCD Technical Degree Courses are eligible for Technical Graduate Membership of the CIEHF which may contribute to their future application as a Registered Member.

HCD Technical Degree Courses are promoted through this website, at careers events and in response to enquiries for training. Only accredited courses are recommended to people who ask us about ergonomics/human factors study.

You can use a special HCD Technical Degree Course logo and the text “This is a CIEHF HCD Technical Degree Course” in your publicity for the course.

Quick eligibility check

  • My course covers essential knowledge in all of the CIEHF HCD Professional Competency areas.
  • My course falls within my institution’s academic quality management system.
  • The course content is overseen by a Technical or Chartered member of the CIEHF, who is employed by the university, and who will also be responsible for the professional development of students whilst they are on the course.

Key points

Content

To be accredited as a CIEHF HCD Technical Degree Course, a programme must cover all of the HCD Professional Competency areas in a minimum of 720 hours.

You can apply to have sub-sets of your degree course accredited at the same time as the parent course. This might be a PG Certificate or individual module, for example.

Programme standards

Your course must meet the following programme standards:

  • Curriculum: The programme must be delivered in English and reflect current scholarship, research and practice including a critical awareness of current issues and developments in ergonomics. A programme specification should be available that provides the programme aims and intended learning outcomes. The teaching and learning strategy should ensure sufficient breadth and depth of coverage of the Institute’s programme curriculum requirements.
  • Assessment: All essential taught knowledge areas must be separately assessed in English and contribute to the final award classification. Essential curriculum themes should be assessed, but this does not need to be separated from knowledge areas. Assessment should be shown to be valid, reliable, fair and appropriate to the level of award, e.g. through moderation by an external examiner. Marking should be undertaken only by appropriately qualified staff.
  • Entry criteria: The programme must specify entry criteria that allow equality of opportunity and access to a diverse range of applicants.
  • Awards: Successful fulfilment of the programme’s requirements must lead to the conferment of a named award from a Higher Education institution.
  • Staffing: The programme provider must have adequate staffing in place to support the effective delivery of the programme.
  • Resources: The programme provider must have appropriate resources in place to support the effective delivery of the programme be it delivered on-campus (e.g. resources such as lecture rooms and laboratories) or at a distance (e.g. resources such as online discussion forums and interactive virtual work environments).
  • Quality management: The programme provider must have quality management systems (e.g. External Examiners and periodic review of the validity of the programme).
  • Ethics: The programme must cover ethical conduct and ensure students work ethically.
  • Misconduct: The programme providers should have policies and procedures in place to detect and deal with issues that may arise with student conduct during assessment.

Assessment of your application

During the assessment of your application, all assessors follow specific guidance and complete a checklist to ensure they work consistently and we maintain a 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.

Questions you might have


An application fee of £500 and an annual licence fee of £400 is applicable in recognition of the value of HCD degree level education.

Accreditation lasts for 5 years or until changes are made to any key area (i.e. duration, teaching staff, content, assessment). If this occurs, the course must be reassessed. We reserve the right to carry out random spot checks on any of the HCD Technical Degree Courses.

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

How to apply

1. Complete the competency checklist

Download the application form which contains the HCD Professional Competency checklist.

2. Compile your supporting documents

Gather electronic copies of the programme handbook, detailed curriculum, assessments, module specifications, staff CVs and other documentation that demonstrates the programme meets all the requirements.

3. Complete your application

Complete the application form and email it to us, together with your supporting documents.

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