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There are currently three grades of membership available for application; Certificate, Professional and Associate.

Certificate Applications:
Applications for Certificate membership do not need to include a CV or referees but must be holders of the Institute of Operational Risk’s Certificate in Operational Risk Management (CORM).

Professional Applications:
Applications for Professional grade are passed to our Membership Reviewers who make the final decision based on your experience and references.  Therefore you must include with your application:-

  • Referees: We will need two professional referees. These should be related to your employer if you are working, or someone in the profession. This could include college, university or training establishment. Referees do not need to be members of the IOR. You may provide personal character referees, but these should be in addition to your professional referees. In any event, your referees work or professional emails should be provided.
  • CV or Résumé: You will need to attach an up to date CV/Résumé in Word or PDF format. You should have this prepared beforehand so that it can be uploaded when you complete your online application.

Important – To avoid delays in processing your application, before applying, confirm with your referees they are happy to provide a reference, assure them it will be in the form of a short questionnaire the IOR will send them.

If, in the view of the application review panel, an applicant is eligible for a higher different grade than that applied for, you will be invited to apply for an upgrade after your application has been approved.

Applications for Associate grade
Applications do not need to include a CV or Referees

Please Note:

  • Addresses: Personal home addresses and email addresses are important as our primary means of contacting you. Of course, if you are working or studying then we would expect those ‘professional’ contact details also, including an email address in support of your bona-fide.
  • Subscriptions: Your initial subscription is payable upon application. We cannot begin to process your application until this has been received. There are currently no exemptions from our membership subscription. However, certain Chapters and locations do qualify for discounts from time to time under our scheme based upon The World Bank data

We look forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions, you can contact us by email on

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