There are two paths to upgrading a membership level, Study or Experience Assessment

Study:

Completion of the following courses will lead you directly into a specific membership level.

Associate:

  • DipHE in Railway Operations Management – Taught by CIRO

After graduating from DipHE in Railway Operations Management you will automatically be upgraded to an Associate member of CIRO.

  • Train Driver Level 3 Apprenticeship – Taught by any training provider

If you have passed a Train Driver Level 3 apprenticeship. You will qualify for Associate level CIRO membership as set out in the apprenticeship standard. Please contact membership@railwayoperators.co.uk – you will need to provide your certificate.

  • Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship – Taught by CIRO
  • Level 4 Passenger Transport Operations Manager Apprenticeship – Taught by CIRO
  • Level 5 Operations or Departmental Manager Apprenticeship – Taught by CIRO

Member:

  • BSc in Railway Operations Management – Taught by CIRO

After graduating from this course you will automatically be upgraded to Member level membership of CIRO.

Fellow:

  • Applied Professional Practice MBA Apprenticeship – Taught by CIRO

Once you have completed this course you will be advised by the L&D manager on how to upgrade your membership. This will involve submitting your C.V. to supplement your qualification by demonstrating your work experience. You may be asked for additional information.

If you already hold one of the above qualifications then get in touch with the membership team today.

Find out more about the courses here

Experience Assessment:

You can apply for a higher level of membership by complete the upgrade experience assessment online. You can choose to apply for Associate, Member or Fellow levels,

What is an experience assessment?

The experience assessment is an online application which is peer assessed. 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 of your complete railway operations career, 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.

How to apply

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

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

Membership of the CIRO comes in four levels:
Affiliate, Associate, Member and Fellow.

Your work experience and professional knowledge will determine the level of membership you will be awarded, and we welcome you to apply for the most appropriate level to suit your individual development journey. We will also take into account your progress on the Professional Operators Development (POD) framework.

If you are an employee of one of our Corporate Members, we are delighted to offer you our Affiliate or Associate Membership, free of charge.

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About the levels

Affiliate

Minimum operators work experience required
None

Knowledge
None

Relevant POD experience
None

Annual fees – employers of corporate members: FREE

Annual fees – standard: £36

Annual fees – fulltime education: £18

Annual fees – fully retired from employment: £18

Associate

Minimum operators work experience required
2 years

Knowledge
Your own organisation and locality

Relevant POD experience
Your own organisation and locality
Three sections to 30%:
Must include 3 &4
Plus either 5 or 7

Annual fees – employers of corporate members: FREE

Annual fees – standard: £48

Annual fees – fulltime education: £48

Annual fees – fully retired from employment: £24

Member

Minimum operators work experience required
5 years

Knowledge
Local, regional and national working knowledge

Relevant POD experience
Eight sections to 50%:
Must include 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 11
Plus two from 2, 6, 8, 9, 10 or 12

Annual fees – employers of corporate members: £84

Annual fees – standard: £84

Annual fees – fulltime education: £84

Annual fees – fully retired from employment: £42

Fellow

Minimum operators work experience required
7 years

Knowledge
Local, regional and national and international working knowledge

Relevant POD experience
Twelve sections to 80%:
Must include all sections 1-12
Three areas from an international perspective

Annual fees – employers of corporate members: £120

Annual fees – standard: £120

Annual fees – fulltime education: £120

Annual fees – fully retired from employment: £60