Registered Member

If you have broad knowledge, experience and skills in ergonomics and human factors, you could become a Registered Member 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 an NVQ level 6 qualification (for most people, this will be a degree) or above.
  • I graduated from  a Qualifying Course and have a minimum of 3 years’ experience of working in ergonomics/human factors or I have a minimum of 4 years’ experience.
  • I have carried out at least 10 significant activities or projects during that time.
  • I have at least 3 documented examples of my work such as final reports.
  • I have detailed knowledge of these areas:
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • The work environment
  • People & systems
  • Psychology
  • Methods & tools
  • I can find 2 referees who are Registered Members or Fellows of the CIEHF (or, in special circumstances, equivalent in a related professional body), at least 1 of whom works outside my organisation.
  • I have been mentored by a Registered Member or Fellow for at least 1 year (at least 150 days) if I graduated from a Qualifying Course, for 2 years (300 days) if not.
  • I will abide by your code of professional conduct.

Key points

Your log book

Your log book is a key part of your application as it demonstrates to the assessors the ergonomics that you have undertaken over your minimum 3 or 4 year period of work. Ideally you should start your log book as soon as you start working professionally.

The following criteria must be met:
1. Your log book must contain separate records for between 10 and 20 projects.
2. The projects in the log book must be of sufficient significance to demonstrate to the assessors your ergonomics input to the project.
3. They must demonstrate your development as an ergonomist over the qualifying period.
4. The total time spent on those projects must be a minimum of 100 days for each year of qualifying experience (pro rata for part-time work).
5. The minimum period of mentored work in the log book should be 150 days (with an accredited degree) or 300 days (without).

Each record in your log book should comprise:
1. A brief summary, with detailed documentation in an appendix.
2. Discussion of the salient components of the human factors/ergonomics involved. For example, provide a list of reports that you have produced, the names of particular methods, tools and techniques that you used. Include reference to conference proceedings or journal articles relating to your log book entry.
3. Discussion of the salient personal and professional/technical skills involved.
4. An indication of your degree of responsibility, level of authority and description of your role in the project.
5. A critique of the successful and less successful features of each project.

To provide detailed information about some of the work in your log book, you must submit examples of your project reports. You don’t have to provide 1 from each of your log book entries, 3 or 4 will be enough. A good guide would be 1 report from each year you were mentored, and 1 from each other year in the qualifying period.

Your mentor

Your mentor should have professional experience within your particular area of work, so you should firstly look for a mentor from within your own organisation. Note that your mentor cannot also be one of your referees.

If you don’t know anyone who could be your mentor, you could attend a Regional Group event in your area to meet more people locally, or go to the CIEHF’s own Ergonomics & Human Factors conference where there will be lots of people who might be able to help you. If you are really struggling to find anyone, contact us and we will try to help you.

Your mentor should give you independent advice and guidance as a qualified and experienced ergonomist/human factors expert on your professional development. They should review your log book at least four times per year. Ideally, this will involve the mentor and you meeting at least twice per year, perhaps with other reviews taking place at a distance. When you apply for Registered Membership, your mentor must endorse your log book activities with a written report on work and progress.

The mentor’s contribution to your application for Registered Membership is vital. The assessors do not know you, so rely on the evidence provided by you and your mentor to assess your eligibility for membership. The assessors are looking for the mentor to have guided you, and to report your progress and approach on the mentor report form and to have ensured that you have adopted ‘an ergonomics approach’ in that you think and work like a professional ergonomist.

Find out more about mentoring.

Chartered status

If you are successful in your application for Registered Membership you could also gain Chartered status if you submit an acceptable CPD return at the same time.

If you are already a Registered Member with acceptable CPD submitted within the last two years, you will be eligible for individual Chartered status provided your membership subscription is paid. You need do nothing further.

Once you become a Registered Member with Chartered status, you will be able to use the post-nominal C.ErgHF MIEHF. You will also receive a certificate indicating your new status.

Assessment of your application

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

In order for your application to have the best chance of success, make sure it contains enough information for the assessors to answer positively all the following questions:

– Have you completed the necessary minimum time for professional experience?
– Have you demonstrated sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge?
– Do your log book and reports contain sufficient work to enable the assessment to be done?
– Does the mentor’s report confirm your mentored experience?
– Does the mentor’s report confirm acceptable levels of performance in the use of ergonomic concepts and techniques and professional behaviour?
– Is the mentor’s report adequate and supportive?
– Have you demonstrated sufficient experience?
– Have you demonstrated sufficient professional development?
– Have you demonstrated an ergonomics approach to your work?
– Are your referees reports adequate and supportive?

Questions you might have

What exactly are the knowledge areas?

  1. Anatomy & Physiology, which includes:
    • anatomy
    • anthropometry
    • physiology
    • physiotherapy
    • biomechanics
    • physical capabilities
    • postural and biomechanical loading
    • physiological fatigue
    • disorientation
    • vestibular loading
    • musculoskeletal disorders
    • ageing
    • sensory and motor disabilities
  2. The Work Environment, which includes:
    • sound and noise
    • thermal environments
    • visibility and lighting
    • vibration
    • acceleration and g-forces
    • hyperbaric & hypobaric environments
    • circadian rhythms
    • physiological fatigue
    • physiological stress
    • audition
    • vision
    • other senses
  3. People & Systems, which includes:
    • human machine systems
    • knowledge elicitation
    • system design standards
    • systems theory
    • soft systems
    • systems evaluation and validation
  4. Psychology, which includes:
    • behaviour and attitudes
    • motivation
    • vigilance
    • mental fatigue
    • decision making
    • human reliability
    • human error
    • risk perception
    • learning and skills acquisition
    • mental workload
    • mental modelling
    • situation awareness
    • psychometrics
    • cognitive skills
    • psychological stress
    • global cultural variances
    • safety cultures
    • team work and groups
    • communications
    • group behaviour
    • organisational behaviour
    • organisational change
  5. Methods & tools, which includes:
    • experimental design
    • statistics
    • measurement techniques

Do you have any log book examples?

Yes, we have examples that give you guidance in the level of detail required to satisfy the assessors that your knowledge and competence levels meet the criteria required for successful Registered Member accreditation. Mentor’s comments are included to provide guidance to mentors on the amount of detail required in the mentor’s report. Assessor’s comments are provided to show feedback against the log books reports.

Download the Log Book Form Examples

Does work experience count?

Yes, you can include work undertaken during a period of work experience as part of your degree. It counts at a rate of 50% (i.e. one year’s industrial placement counts as 6 months’ qualifying experience) but to be eligible it must be suitably supervised, with mentor’s comments. If you have relevant work experience from before your degree, you can count that towards your total experience time at a rate of 75%

Can I complete my log book retrospectively?

Yes you can, your log book can reflect work you have already done.

Some of my reports are confidential, what should I do?

The protection of client and/or national confidentiality is of paramount importance to us.  You should make sanitised copies of the reports: take out company, product and location names, etc. and see if your employer or the client will then allow you to release them.

If this is not possible then there other things we can do, taking into account any preferences that the client and/or your employer may have. Contact us if this is an issue so that we can work together to find a solution.

I’ve been working for years, do I still need a mentor?

Under exceptional circumstances the period of mentoring could be waived but this generally will not happen unless you have more than 10 years’ experience in ergonomics work.

You will still need to complete the normal application with the following exceptions:
– You do not need to have undergone 12 months’ mentored work.
– You do not need a mentor’s report.
– You do need to include a detailed CV that demonstrates a minimum of 10 years’ experience of ergonomics/human factors work.

You must inform us at the time of application that you wish to be considered for interview and we will arrange a date and details for you to be interviewed by 2 assessors.

The application fee in this case will be £120 to cover the extra cost of arranging the interview.

How long will the assessment process take?

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.

If my application is successful, what happens then?

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 MIEHF, as recognition of your professional status. Your name will also be published in the next edition of ‘The Ergonomist’.

What if my application is rejected?

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.

How much does it cost?

£190 for a year. There is also a one-off application and assessment fee of £60.

Once I’ve got my Chartered status, will I need to renew it or do I keep it forever?

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.

I'm coming up to retirement, what will happen to my membership?

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 2015 for a Retired Member is £35.

To apply, simply contact the Institute on 07736 893348 or email

How to apply


Create your log book

Download the template, complete your log book entries and gather your supporting documents.


Contact your mentor

Download the mentor report form and email your mentor a copy. Ask them to complete it and email it directly back to us (details are on the form).


Contact your referees

Download the referee report form and email each of your 2 referees a copy. Ask them to complete the form and email it directly back to us (details are on the form).


Complete your application

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


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.

Become a Registered Member

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