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Become Accredited

Hopefully by now you have decided to become Accredited. This page gives you a link to an on-line application form, and supporting information and examples you may find useful. If you still are not certain, our section on Membership Grades may give you some more help.

CandORS Print and complete a simple form and have this verified by a senior member of The OR Society.
AORS, AFORS and FORS
Complete an online application form, giving details of achievements in OR, and nominate two referees.
If applicable, pay a one-off, non-returnable application fee. An invoice will be sent to the applicant.
The application is then peer viewed by the Accreditation Panel.
If accepted, pay an annual supplementary membership fee in addition to the relevant membership subscription.

 
Candidates for accreditation must be paid-up members of The OR Society and must also meet the requirements set out in the rules.

Fees for Accreditation

  Application fee *       Supplementary membership fee #   
Candidate Associate $          £0 £0
Associate £30 £15 per annum
Associate Fellow £50 £22 per annum
Fellow £70 £29 per annum
 

* Payable on first application and non-returnable. Applicants who first apply for Associate or Associate Fellow and who later apply to transfer to a higher grade do not have to pay a further fee on applying to transfer. A minimum of two years must lapse between entering a grade and applying to transfer to another grade. The OR Society reserves the right to require failed applicants, whether first time or upon transfer, to pay a reapplication fee should they decide to reapply.
# Subject to increase in subsequent years and payable from the first membership renewal date after admission to the additional category.
$ Candidate Associates will be required to pay both the application fee and supplementary membership fee when moving to Associate grade.

How to access the Application Forms

To apply for accreditation, members should LOGIN AT THE TOP OF THE SCREEN.  This facility is only accessible to paying members of the Society. If you are a member and do not yet have your username and password please click here. If you have forgotten your login details, please click here.  Non-members who have registered with the website (e.g. as part of submitting an abstract, or booking a conference) do not have access. 

Specimen Practitioner Applications

Associate

Example

Associate Fellow

Example

Fellow

Example

 

What Happens Next

Provided you apply online, we will send through an invoice, and once paid, the system will automatically take up your references and will send you an email to confirm that references have been taken up. As time goes on it will automatically send reminders to any referees who do not reply promptly. Once the references are in, your application will be scheduled for consideration at a particular meeting of the Accreditation Panel and you will be sent a further email informing you of the date of that meeting. You will be informed of the Panel’s decision shortly after the meeting.

Accreditation Appeals Procedure

In the event that your application to become accredited is rejected by the Accreditation Panel, we have an appeals procedure. The details of that procedure are spelt out here.

  1. Appeals will be considered by an Accreditation Appeals Panel (AAP), comprising three members appointed by Council who, at the date of their appointment, have not been members of the Accreditation Panel at any time during the preceding five years. Unless disqualified by association with the Accreditation Panel, the President will normally chair the AAP.
  2. A candidate for accreditation who has been notified of the Accreditation Panel's decision in their case may submit in writing to the Society, within one calendar month of the date on which the notification was sent, a request for a written justification of the Accreditation Panel's decision.
  3. Should the candidate be dissatisfied with the justification provided, an appeal may be made in writing within six calendar months of the date on which the written justification was sent to the candidate. Appeals may be made only on the following grounds:
    • that the Accreditation Panel has not taken fully into account, has not given appropriate weight to, or has misinterpreted, information available to it,
    • that the Accreditation Panel has not applied correctly or fairly the rules of the accreditation scheme as approved by Council.
    The appellant should state in writing the grounds of the appeal and supply any supporting arguments or information.
  1. The Accreditation Panel will be asked whether it wishes to contest the appeal and if it does, to state in writing its grounds and supply supporting arguments or information.
  2. The AAP shall consider the documents in the case and must allow the appeal if the Accreditation Panel has not contested it. In the case of a contested appeal the AAP may at this stage
    • seek further information
    • invite both parties to a hearing
    • allow the appeal
    • disallow the appeal, whilst granting the appellant the right to a hearing.
  3. The appellant and a representative of the Accreditation Panel will be invited to any hearing. Either party may request that they be accompanied by a named 'friend' (to include a colleague, tutor or similar, but legal representatives and other professional advisers are specifically excluded). The request to be accompanied by a particular friend may be rejected if there are reasonable grounds for so doing, e.g. if the friend's presence would be prejudicial to the hearing, or would create a conflict of interest. The friend may ask questions, speak on the party's behalf, and confer with the party, but may be debarred from answering questions addressed to the party. Whilst the AAP may need time to consider its ruling, whenever feasible, after adjourning to deliberate, the AAP shall invite the parties back to announce and explain its position, and seek to secure both parties' acceptance that its ruling is fair and reasonable. If this is not practicable the AAP shall communicate its ruling to both parties in writing, normally within fourteen days.
  4. The AAP's decision following a hearing shall be final.
  5. Each side shall bear its own costs regardless of the outcome of the appeal.