Enhance your career prospects and gain professional recognition by becoming an Associate, Member or Fellow

What is Professional Recognition?

Professional recognition demonstrates milestones in your career and is recognised by your peers as a standard of competence and professionalism both locally and internationally. It also shows your commitment to maintaining that professionalism in the future.

Benefits of professional recognition:

  • Use of internationally recognised post nominals (e.g. ACIRO, MCIRO, FCIRO)
  • Recognition as a professional in your industry
  • Improved career opportunities and salary prospects
  • Greater influence within your organisation and stakeholders
  • Opportunities to connect with peers and prominent people across the industry
  • International recognition of your professional competence and commitment.

By upgrading your membership to Associate, Member or Fellow level you are demonstrating your professionalism and dedication to the industry.

Gain recognition from your peers and employers for your experience in the profession.

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About the levels

The membership levels map out a career path and demonstrate professional criteria that deepen and broaden with experience and knowledge.

Which level is right for me?

Affiliate

Affiliate level is the entry level of membership and is a great starting point for those who are starting out in their career or new to the industry. This level is also for students and those thinking about joining the industry.

You are not required to have any level of knowledge about railway operations.

Affiliates have access to the standard membership benefits.

Associate

For Associate level membership you should have at least 2 years’ experience of working in railway operations and have a level of knowledge within your own organisation and region.

You should have moderate knowledge and experience across one quarter of the POD framework.

In addition to the standard member benefits, Associates have the opportunity to vote in the AGMs.

Member

Member level membership is for members who have at least 5 years’ experience of working in railway operations and have a level of working knowledge at a local, regional and national level.

You should have good knowledge across two thirds of the POD sections.

In addition to the standard member benefits, Members have the opportunity to vote in the AGM, become a mentor, receive a complementary Rail News subscription, input on key issues on CIRO Collaborate, become involved in the running of the institution by joining a panel, contribute to our library.

Fellow

Fellow level membership is for operations professionals who work strategically and with some complexity. You must have a minimum of 7 years’ working in railway operations and have working knowledge at local, regional, national and international levels (international in at least three POD sections).

You should have in depth knowledge in all 12 POD sections.

In addition to the standard member benefits, Fellows have the opportunity to vote in the AGM, become a mentor, receive a complementary Rail News subscription, input on key issues on CIRO Collaborate and invite guest members to collaborate, become involved in the running of the institution by joining a panel, contribute to our library.

Still unsure about which level to apply for?

Use the POD self-assessment tool to help you decide which level could be right for you.

The self-assessment tool is available on the CIRO Members app or as an online booklet.

More information about the CIRO Members app can be found here

Access the booklet here