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Student Membership


All members of IIRSM have access to an extensive range of relevant, valuable features and benefits. Our aim is to help you in your job or career with access to our network and to share knowledge in health, safety or risk management. For Students we recognise that this is particularly important.


 Students are entitled to receive the following features and benefits through IIRSM.

  • Social media channels LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Membership only area of the IIRSM website
  • Health and Safety Technical Helpline
  • Legal Helpline (UK law and covers all matters including H&S)
  • HR and Employment Helpline
  • Free access to the HSW Website
  • Free access to the Health and Safety Jobs website
  • Access to our professional Branch network – with Branches worldwide
  • Training discounts through trusted partnerships
  • Discounts on Lexis Nexis Publications
  • Access to numerous free and discounted events
  • Other networking opportunities through Events and Forums
  • Online CPD Scheme

If this is you..

  • At any point on your chosen career path, you could be taking your first recognised* health and safety or risk qualification. You could have experience or an earlier qualification and are now committing to studying for a higher level qualification. At any stage you do this we can offer you a defined period of free Student membership.

You could become a Student member of IIRSM.

*Click on the Qualifications tab to see what qualifications could entitle you to Student membership.


IIRSM has a full range of membership categories for individuals to match your career path and expectations. Our aim is to help you in your job or career with access to a network and knowledge in health, safety or risk management.

If you have signed-up, or are about to sign-up, to study one of these qualifications you could join us as a Student:

  • British Safety Council Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health
  • NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
  • NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
  • NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Safety and Health
  • UK NVQ Level 3, 4 or above in Occupational Health and Safety
  • The British Safety Council Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
  • NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
  • NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
  • NCRQ Level 6 Certificate in Applied Health & Safety
  • NCRQ Level 6 Diploma in Applied Health and Safety 
  • Or an equivalent qualification accepted in your home country.

We support all our members to continuously develop professionally.

Who has to do CPD?

For members that meet a commitment to professional development our scheme requires you to accumulate 30 CPD points over a three-year period.  Once the 30 points are achieved that member can also use (if they wish) the designatory letters “RSP” (Recognised Safety Practitioner).  This would apply to a Member (MIIRSM), a Fellow (FIIRSM), a Specialist Member (SIIRSM) or a Specialist Fellow (SFIIRSM).

For Fellows and Specialist Fellows this scheme is compulsory.

At your membership renewal you self-certify that your CPD is up to date by declaration.

What can be counted as CPD?

CPD points can be gained by attendance at seminars, undertaking a training course, from self-directed learning, knowledge gained from a mentor or a publication.  You may even have material published or have been involved with innovations or developments that improve or change health and safety practise.
Your CPD points have to be allocated across these three areas (with a minimum of 5 points for each): Maintenance of Skills, New Professional Skills and Transferable-Management Skills.

Does IIRSM check CPD records?

IIRSM carries out random checks of CPD recording.  Members’ selected may be required to submit their CPD record within one calendar month of the request being made.  A review of a CPD Record may be followed-up with a telephone discussion.

Where do I record my CPD points?

 An on-line record scheme is available; members should keep their own record or log of CPD activity bearing in mind that they may be required to submit a copy of their record as part of our random sampling.

To access the CPD Scheme you need to be a current IIRSM member and then login to the members’ area of the website.

Is the IIRSM CPD scheme compulsory?

It is if you are a Fellow or a Specialist Fellow or taking part in the Recognised Safety Practitioner (RSP) scheme.  RSP indicates that the member is participating in a scheme to develop and maintain safety professional skills relevant to their safety role.

What is the value of CPD to me?

CPD is all about relevant activity, reflection and evaluation.  It should help you to consider the value of some of the daily activities you carry out in the work you do as a health and safety practitioner.  Any CPD scheme gives us the opportunity to reflect on our knowledge and skills and to provide a stimulus to learn or do more as we develop.

Can other professional body records be used?

Our scheme is about you reflecting on and assessing activities that, in your opinion have been valuable to your understanding of, or development in, health and safety practice.  If you are required to account for CPD with other professional bodies, if it has value to you and fits our requirement for it being relevant to health and safety, then we welcome and acknowledge your achievements that may be logged elsewhere.  We just need to see what you have said and done in our recording system!


For the duration of your enrolled studies (for a recognised health and safety qualification) there is no annual membership subscription.

In the future, when we hope to encourage you to continue your membership with IIRSM individual annual subscriptions are requested in common with most professional bodies. Please see the subscription rates and entry requirements in the Individual Member section.

There is no application fee for Student membership.

How to join
Application Process

To help you join IIRSM all applications can be started online through this website. As far as we can we make it possible for all applications to be completed on line too, including, for example asking you to send document or scanned attachments in support.

The online processes are managed by our Membership Team who are available to help you during London office opening times (GMT 09:00 to 17:00 Mondays to Fridays).

The typical steps for all applications are:-

Step 1 – Complete the relevant online application

Step 2 – Include your up-to-date CV

Step 3 – Attach electronic copies of supporting documents

Membership Process
  • Having submitted your online application, you will receive an email acknowledgement that we have received your application.
  • We will review your submission, check attachments and verify where necessary.
  • Once verified your application will be processed within 3 working days (Please note: IIRSM offices are closed on Saturdays and Sundays as well as on UK Bank Holidays).
  • When your application is successful we will email you to confirm.