IRM issues certification scheme designed to “raise global standards” for the risk profession

IRM members can now apply for certified membership

IRM members can now apply for certified membership

The Institute of Risk Management has introduced new certification for risk professionals, in turn bringing the sector into line with other professions such as accounting and law. Risk practitioners across the world can now become a Certified Member and use the new professional designation CMIRM. This status is achieved through a combination of qualifications, experience, ongoing professional development and commitment to the IRM’s own Code of Conduct.

Launching the new scheme, the IRM’s CEO Ian Livsey told Risk UK: “Professions such as accounting and the law have long provided comprehensive, credible certification for their practitioners. For the first time, the IRM’s certification programme now sets the same bar for those working in the sphere of risk. We believe this is the most thorough and comprehensive programme of its kind and will go on to become the ‘gold standard’ certification for the risk profession on the global stage.”

Livsey continued: “The scheme is underpinned by a comprehensive professional standards framework. This will give employers absolute confidence in the quality and ethics of their hiring choices while at the same time providing risk professionals with the means to benchmark their own progress at every stage of their career.” 

Ian Livsey: CEO at the IRM

Ian Livsey: CEO at the IRM

The IRM’s chairman José Morago believes the certification scheme is a significant step forward for the risk profession.

“This is a major milestone in the development and professionalism of risk management,” stated Morago, “and the IRM is proud to be at the forefront of these changes. Risk professionals have an incredibly important organisational and societal role to play in managing risks and maximising opportunities. Our certification scheme sets out the standards of Best Practice for the profession worldwide, and gives organisations new confidence that they’re recruiting risk professionals with the right experience and skills.”

IRM members can apply for certified membership now, with the first Members and Fellows receiving their awards at a ceremony in London later this week.

How to qualify for certified status

To qualify for certified status, risk professionals must meet the following criteria:

IRM chairman Jose Morago

IRM chairman Jose Morago

*Gain the IRM’s International Diploma in Risk Management or an equivalent qualification

*Certified Members (CMIRM) must have three years’ experience in a risk role. For their part, Certified Fellows (CFIRM) must have at least eight years’ experience

*CMIRMs and CFIRMs must complete a minimum of 30 hours per year of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities

*All IRM members are bound by the highest standards of behaviour, integrity and ethics as set out in the IRM’s Code of Conduct

For more details on how to become a Certified Member visit the IRM’s website:

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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