After gaining my NVQ, I was able to upgrade to Grad IOSH which I obtained within a very short time. The upgrade to CMIOSH itself took approximately 2 years to achieve, I first had to pass an open assessment which consisted of a number of questions covering a wide range of subjects. the answers being limited in words and a time limit of 10 days.
This I passed at first attempt!
I then had to attend a peer interview which consisted of a short presentation by me, about me and my career so far and what I hope to do in the future, followed by a question and answer session.
The peer review I passed on the second attempt and it was put forward for ratification by the IOSH board in October of this year. I received confirmation of this a short time later.
The benefits are that it has raised my professional profile and that of the organisation I work for, and validates the work ethic, including that of IOSH. It has raised my personal and profession profile with my colleagues who trust in my ability and seek out knowledge and guidance.
As for the future I hope it will take me on to a more responsible position within the profession I am dedicated to.
I achieved the NVQ 4 with Sheilds as I was in the transition from Grad IOSH. I managed to apply for the chartered interview with only days to spare, but made it thanks to your prompt turn around and feedback. I was confident enough to send the application through after having received verbal feedback from your team.
After achieving Chartered certification I was asked for some general discussions with IOSH about several other areas of interest through my work. This eventually led to a chat about being a member of the IOSH Chartered Interval panel.
I have sat on several panels since 2010 and hope to progress to chairman of the panel in the near future.