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A Career in Occupational Hygiene

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Career Development Via BOHS Qualifications

BOHS actively supports career development for occupational hygienists, via a number of means:

BOHS Faculty of Occupational Hygiene

For more details of the Faculty’s structure, please click here.

The Faculty is the only UK-based examining board for practical and professional qualifications in occupational hygiene. It sets, develops and maintains the professional standards of occupational hygienists. Holders of BOHS qualifications have proven their ability to provide sound, authoritative advice on the identification of health hazards and the adequacy of controls in the working environment.

Those who hold, or who are studying for, professional qualifications, are eligible to join the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene: membership is an excellent way of demonstrating an individual’s commitment to professional development and to the protection of worker health as their paramount responsibility. Different grades of membership reflect the different levels of professional standing, and members of the Faculty are entitled to use post-nominal letters to show their status in the profession.

Those who hold, or who are studying for, professional qualifications, are eligible to join the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene: membership is an excellent way of demonstrating an individual’s commitment to professional development and to the protection of worker health as their paramount responsibility. Different grades of membership reflect the different levels of professional standing, and members of the Faculty are entitled to use post-nominal letters to show their status in the profession. The membership grades are as follows:

The membership grades are as follows:

Associate Member (AFOH)

This is the first step for those wishing to gain professional recognition as an Occupational Hygienist. 

Eligibility requirements are:

As an Associate Member of the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (AFOH), typically you will:

  • Be recognised as having made the commitment to progress your career
  • Be working towards gaining the BOHS Certificate of Operational Competence in Occupational Hygiene, which entitles you to become registered as a Licentiate Member (LFOH) of the Faculty. Alternatively, you will have chosen to specialise in an area of Occupational Hygiene
  • Benefit from the support of mentors, who can provide guidance and assistance with your professional development in order to achieve your career progression goals. These mentors are volunteer members of BOHS
  • Take part in the Faculty’s CPD programme 

The associate membership fee is £82

Licentiate Member (LFOH)

Licentiates hold the BOHS Diploma of Professional Competence in Occupational Hygiene, and have at least three years’ practical experience in the field.

The licentiate membership fee is £90.

Chartered Member (CMFOH)

Members hold the BOHS Diploma of Professional Competence Occupational Hygiene, and have at least five years’ experience

The member membership fee is £102.

Fellow (CFFOH)

Fellows are senior members of the profession who have made a distinct contribution to the advancement of occupational hygiene. 

‘Members’ and ‘Fellows’ of the Faculty are permitted to use the title ‘Chartered Occupational Hygienist’.

The fellow membership fee is £128.

How to get Chartered

BOHS’ Faculty of Occupational Hygiene provides the opportunity to become a ‘Chartered Occupational Hygienist’: BOHS is the only occupational hygiene organisation able to offer this opportunity, due to its Royal Charter status.

BOHS Accredited Degrees

Degree qualifications form part of the route to achieve Chartered status, and there are three pathway options to becoming Chartered.

Bursaries for Modules Scheme

To help support its members in their career-progression studies, BOHS offers financial assistance in the form of Bursaries. Please click here to find out more about the process.

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