IOSH membership benefits
16 August 2018
Why becoming a Chartered Member of IOSH may help your health and safety career path.
IOSH exists first and foremost to promote health and safety
Everyone has a right to a healthy and safe working environment and employers are legally obliged to make sure that the people that they employ in a health and safety role are competent.
It typically starts with becoming an Associate Member
To be recommended for Associate Member status, you should hold one of the accredited level 3 qualifications. No health and safety experience is necessary for Associate Member status. Level 3 qualifications are suitable for people looking to move into their first operational role, while degree level qualifications and relevant experience are usually required for more senior roles. While Associate membership recognises health and safety knowledge, it does not reflect any experience.
With experience you can upgrade to a Technical Membership Status
Once you have a suitable amount of experience in health and safety, which can be gained while you're studying through a job role specifically in health and safety or with an operational health and safety element. This can be a voluntary activity, part time work or your full time job. If you are currently practising and giving advice on health and safety then you need to maintain your skills and knowledge. Which is why every Technical Member has to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Chartered status will increase your future employability
Becoming a Chartered Member of IOSH (CMIOSH) is THE most popular way of demonstrating that you are capable and knowledgeable. Membership of IOSH or the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) is helpful for career progression and provides a structured route of CPD, as well as opportunities for networking and making contacts. To become a Chartered Member of IOSH, you must have an accredited qualification.
Need more help and advice?
If you are in any doubt, you can call upon RISK to provide health and safety advice on the best qualifications for your career development or company - as well as the very highest standards of industry relevant training.