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IOSH membership levels explained

IOSH has six membership levels

IOSH has six membership levels

IOSH is the biggest health and safety membership organisation in the world, and the only chartered body for health and safety professionals.

There are six levels of membership:

  • Affiliate Member
  • Associate Member (AIOSH)
  • Technical Member (Tech IOSH)
  • Graduate Member (Grad IOSH)
  • Chartered Member (CMIOSH)
  • Chartered Fellow (CFIOSH).
IOSH membership levels

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Educational routes into membership

For those looking for basic awareness of health and safety there are many basic courses available.

For those looking for a career in health and safety a good starting point would be a qualification that is awarded through a recognised educational regulating body such as Ofqual and is at a recognised level on a National Qualifications Framework.

Some points to consider when considering a qualification in health and safety:

  • What is your preferred method of study – exams, assignments or work based assessments?
  • How much time can you dedicate to study – can you balance work, study and home         commitments?
  • How will your study be financed – self, employer?
  • If your goal is to join a Professional Body, then consider the kinds of qualifications that are acceptable for their categories of membership.

The different types of qualification range from a Level 3 (RQF) equivalent to an ‘A’ level to Post Graduate degrees (FHEQ).   The difference between the range of diverse types of health and safety is the modes of study and how they are assessed.

To become an Associate/Technical member you will need to have completed a qualification in Occupational, Safety and Health (OSH) in one of the areas below:

To become a Graduate member you will need to have completed a qualification in OSH in one of the areas below:

  • Level 6 qualification in accordance to EQF.
  • Degrees at level 6. (Bachelor’s Degrees with honours, Bachelor’s degree, Professional Graduate Certificate, Graduate Certificate/ Diploma)
  • Degrees at level 7. Master’s degrees, Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
  • Cognate Degree (A degree in a safety or health related discipline which covers a minimum of 50% Health and Safety content)
  • NVQ level 5 Diploma
  • SCQF level 10 Diploma

In order to gain Chartered membership you will need to have a graduate level qualification as listed above. As experience for progression to Chartered status is assessed according to qualification route.

The benefits of IOSH membership

As an IOSH member you will be able to attend of free and low cost seminars, access free technical information, get discounts on professional courses and network with 1000s of other members. More about the benefits of joining IOSH is available here.

 

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  • Kevin Lyons
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    I have the following qualifications.
    NVQ 6
    NVQ 7
    MEMBERSHIP OF CIOB
    SMSTS
    CSCS BLACK CARD
    I HAVE AN EXPIRED IOSH MANAGING SAFETY CERTIFICATE AND AM ENROLLED ON ANOTHER
    MATTER AGING SAFETY COURSE THIS NOVEMBER.

    WILL ALL OF THE ABOVE WILL I BE ABLE TO BECOME A MEMBER OF IOSH.

  • khuram
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    i have IOSH Mnaging Safely with 10 years experience in Safety. can i get TECH IOSH membership.