If you are a Registered Member, or are eligible for Registered Membership, and have made significant contributions to ergonomics over a period of at least ten years, you could become a Fellow and be awarded Chartership, and get all the benefits of membership. You could be an academic, consultant or human factors practitioner. Check the eligibility criteria below.

Quick eligibility check

  • I have made significant contributions to ergonomics & human factors for at least 10 years.
  • I have had senior professional responsibility for at least 5 years.
  • I have at least an intermediate level of proficiency for all competencies in the CIEHF Professional Competency Guidance.
  • I can find 3 referees, of whom at least 2 are Fellows of the CIEHF, and at least 1 of these Fellows works outside my organisation. (If I’m not from the UK, I can provide 3 referees who are of an equivalent standing in my own ergonomics/human factors society or related professional body.)
  • I can provide (or have recently provided) an up-to-date CPD record as part of my application.
  • I will abide by your code of professional conduct.

Key points

Your experience

If you are not already a Registered Member of the CIEHF, you must ensure your application shows evidence of your professional experience of delivering holistic solutions. This might include:

  • Broad experience in ergonomics projects and occupations related to physiology, psychology and organisational design.
  • Investigation and analysis to ensure appropriate interaction between work, product and envrionment, and human needs, capabilities and limitations.
  • Appropriate reporting and documentation of ergonomics findings and related professional communications.
  • Developing plans for ergonomics design or interventions.
  • Determining the compatability of human capabilities with planned or existing demands.
  • Making appropriate recommendations for ergonomics changes, monitoring implementation and evaluating outcomes.

Your professional responsibility

You should be able to demonstrate senior professional responsibility for at least 5 years covering a range of skills and abilities that are an integral part of professional and good quality ergonomics and human factors practice, for example:

  • Project management, team or capability group leadership within an ergonomics and human factors context.
  • Significant financial or management responsibility within an ergonomics and human factors context.
  • In an academic environment, demonstration of your leading role in delivering, managing and developing approved ergonomics and human factors courses.
  • Taking the lead in research programmes, supported by resulting evidence of publications and presentations.
  • The active promotion, development and growth of ergonomics and human factors within an organisation, to ensure it is an integral part of processes, products and activities.
  • The planning of ergonomics and human factors contributions to programmes and the control of their progress and outcome, by the integration of professional and appropriate inputs to multidisciplinary programmes.
  • Being sufficiently familiar with the technical language and jargon used by those with different professional backgrounds and training disciplines within an organisation, to improve dialogues, understanding and the acceptance of ergonomics and human factors.
  • The development and mentoring of the ergonomics and human factors team working with or for you.
  • The ability to interpret and sometimes adapt ergonomics and human factors standards and specifications.

Professional competencies

A checklist of Professional Competencies has been developed by CIEHF as a guide to expected competencies for qualification as an ergonomist and human factors specialist. It has been used for some time as an assessment tool for CIEHF accreditation of degree courses. It can be used in conjunction with a proficiency scale to show progress in breadth and depth of skills and expertise as your career progresses. See the guidance for this checklist.

The checklist now forms part of the application for Fellowship to help demonstrate breadth (through the number) and depth (through levels of proficiency) of claimed competencies. If you are planning to upgrade to Fellowship, it might help you to complete the checklist as soon as you can. This will allow you to see any areas where you might need to fill any gaps. You will need to give evidence for your proficiency claims and examples of these could be projects you have managed, training courses you have developed or a publication. You should ensure you provide at least one piece of evidence for each section of the checklist.

Chartered status

All successful applicants for Fellowship will also gain Chartered status. Maintenance of Chartered status is dependent on suitable CPD activities being recorded each year. You will be able to use the post-nominal C.ErgHF FCIEHF and you will receive a certificate.

Assessment of your application

Two suitably qualified members of the Institute’s Professional Affairs Board will assess your application. They might ask you to submit additional information if there are any areas which need clarification.

Your application will need to show that you have met the requirements for eligible experience and mentored supervision in your early career, and that you have given information equivalent to that which could be provided by log books. These are the requirements for Registered Membership, so you should check these before you begin your application.

The application form will request and the assessors will examine:

  • Your list of academic publications, published reports and books.
  • Your detailed job history.
  • The details of your work and responsibilities over the last 10 years.
  • Any awards and recognition you have received.
  • Your CPD record, if you're not already Chartered.

They will look for service to the profession of ergonomics and human factors and significant contributions to practice

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.

Questions you might have

That depends on several things such as the quality and completeness of your application, and the speed with which we receive your referees reports. The assessors are all volunteers so must find time to assess your application, though they will endeavour to do this as quickly as possible. If all goes well, we hope to have your application processed within 6 weeks.

Congratulate yourself! If your application is accepted, we will let you know straight away and you will be sent confirmation of the decision. You will also get a certificate and will be able to use the post-nominal CErg.HF FCIEHF, as recognition of your professional status.

You will be given guidance as to the areas in which it was felt that your application was lacking, so that you get a chance to improve your application. We will help you all we can with this.

£236 for a year. There is also a one-off application and assessment fee of £60.

Provided you maintain up to date acceptable CPD submissions each year and pay your membership subscriptions when they become due, then you will keep your status. If you let your CPD submissions lapse, then you may lose it.

If you have been a member with us for at least 10 years' you can apply for Retired Member status. You will need to declare that you receive no financial income from practising ergonomics. As a Retired Member, you will be able to:
- pay a reduced subscription rate
- continue with your grade of membership and benefits as before retirement
- remain on the Register of Registered Members and Fellows (if applicable), and be identified as retired
The subscription rate for a Retired Member is £36. To apply, email membership@ergonomics.org.uk.

How to apply

1. Gather all your documents

Compile your publications list and make sure your CV is up to date. If you are not currently a CIEHF member with Chartered status, you must also provide an up-to-date CPD submission as part of your application.

2. Contact your referees

Download the referee report form and email each of your 3 referees a copy. Ask them to email it directly back to us (details are on the form).

3. Complete the application form

Click on Apply now to download the application form and follow the instructions it contains.

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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