Professional development is something many of us in the safety profession strive for.
Many work hard to become chartered while some are happy being TechIOSH for the duration of their career.
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Is it something to do with the hassle of starting IPD (Initial Professional Development)? I know that stopped me for years and years. ☺️
But in May this year, we (IOSH) members got to air our views on the future of the membership levels criteria. It was a welcome development as I have been on GradIOSH for over 10 years off and on, and just never found the time or zeal to work towards CMIOSH. Knowing that they were thinking of changing the criteria got me excited and giving my opinion through the survey.
Apparently, consultations have been ongoing since October 2019 and on 17th August, the verdict came out! They listened to us and things are about to change ????.
At least, a quarter of the members gave their thoughts on the proposed changes (that is 11,907 out of 48,331 members).
So what are the changes and how does it affect you?
Here is a brief overview.
1. Graduate membership has been proposed to be renamed as Certified Member. This is much preferred and Graduate membership makes it appear one has just graduated. I am presently GradIOSH, have been for about 10 years 9had a break in between), and graduated from Uni in 2008 and from my masters in 2010. The Grad title is confusing and needs to go.
2. To gain the Certified membership (i.e. Graduate), 2 years’ full-time relevant experience will also now be considered, as opposed to just accredited qualification at Level 6.
3. Chartered membership will be enhanced to encompass wider responsibilities such s leadership, planning, quality, environment, and ethical practice. Long overdue as typical safety roles are often excluded from these other responsibilities hence making it impossible to gain some required transferable skills that may if possessed, help a career change or move.
4. TechIOSH is to now be gained after one year’s full-time experience rather than 2 years. This would work if the individual in person is exposed to opportunities and experiences that will help them gain the required skills and knowledge pretty quickly and with the right support.
5. IOSH entry requirement is largely based on formal qualifications making it too rigid for some. This is proposed to include the introduction of an experiential route to IOSH membership. Let’s face it, hands-on work experience beats certifications any day.
Knowing theory is different from its application.
6. It is also proposed to move from Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner to Chartered health and Safety Professional. Errr…. Same Difference. Chartered is the keyword.
7. Talking of Fellowship. Consultation findings suggest that the current process and assessment requires enhancement to be more inclusive fo those who are actively contributing to the OSJH profession. I couldn’t agree more as I believe many do so much but do not get the reward or recognition they deserve. About time that changed.
Boom! That’s the long and short of it!
Yet, many will still have questions.
What does it mean for me? Am I supposed to start all over? Will I need a new qualification or have to get rid of my existing? ????