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Membership Grades

People normally join, either as a Student Member, or in the Full Membership grade. This gives you the full range of benefits available to members, but no letters to put after your name. For this, we offer Accreditation grades.

Accreditation enables you to gain letters to go after your name to certify your achievements in your job. Note this is not an academic qualification; but given that employers are generally far more interested in your ability to deliver results in the job than to pass exams, accreditation is a highly valued addition to a degree.

There are four grades of accreditation:-

Candidate Associate of The OR Society

Candidate Associate of The OR Society (entitling you to use the letters CandORS) for those either completing a degree with a substantial OR content or starting their first employment in O.R.. Candidate Associates are appointed a mentor to help guide them through the first couple of years in their OR career, and to set them on their way to the higher accreditation grades. This is an entry-level grade for those new to O.R., but aspiring to achieve the grades of Associate, Associate Fellow and Fellow. Admission to the category of Candidate Associate is aimed at those completing their O.R. education (in a degree with significant O.R. content) or starting their first employment (again, in a role with significant O.R. content). The grade is intended to be the first step on the accreditation ladder. More information...

Associate of The OR Society

Associate of The OR Society (AORS) is for recent entrants with a couple of years in OR, post first degree. Admission to the category of Associate is dependent on a successful engagement in operational research. Candidates must have a minimum of two years’ experience in O.R., which could include periods in masters’ level training, practice, research or education, and normally hold at least a second class honours degree (or equivalent qualification). Candidates without a second class honours degree or equivalent may be considered for any of the categories where they are deemed by the Chair of the Awarding Panel to have a prima facie case for having reached the appropriate level of achievement.

Associate Fellow of The OR Society

Associate Fellow of The OR Society (AFORS), for those with a successful track record in O.R. extending over at least five years. Admission to the category of Associate Fellow indicates a successful record of achievement in, and/or a significant contribution to, operational research. Candidates must have a minimum of five years’ experience in O.R., which could include periods in masters’ level training, practice, research or education, and normally hold at least a second class honours degree (or equivalent qualification).

Fellow of The OR Society

Fellow of The OR Society (FORS) is for those with a significant record of achievement extending over ten years or more in O.R.. Admission to the category of Fellow indicates a very high level of achievement in, and/or a major contribution to operational research. Candidates must have a minimum of ten years’ experience in O.R., which could include periods in masters’ level training, practice, management, research or education.

Entrance to the CandORS grade is free, but applicants to the higher grades pay a non-returnable application fee and an annual supplementary membership fee in addition to the relevant membership subscription.