We are always pleased to witness the professional progression of all our members and proud to be able to support you throughout your railway operations career. As an existing member of the CIRO, we invite you to apply for a membership upgrade at any relevant period.

To apply for the next membership level, you will need to provide evidence of effective professional progression since your previous membership award. Plus, confirmation of advancement on the Professional Operators Development (POD) framework.

Successful membership upgrades will require a fully annotated CV, which spotlights your experience and progress in line with the POD framework. In addition, you will need a summary of your up-to-date knowledge and skill levels, detailing how it relates to the relevant POD sections.



Login to view full details of the POD Framework, to assist you with creating your supporting evidence.


Once you are ready to submit your upgrade application, login to your member portal, click on ‘Membership Applications’ and follow the on-screen instructions in the ‘Upgrade’ section.

There is a one-off administration fee of £27 for a membership upgrade application, which is payable once your upgrade has been awarded.

Need help with managing your membership? Click below to view our upgrade user guide.

If you have any membership questions email us at: membership@railwayoperators.co.uk