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Frequently asked questions about membership

  • What happens when I apply for Membership? All applications are reviewed and evaluated by our Membership Committee - a group of volunteers with extensive knowledge and experience in the sector. New applicants are reviewed monthly and applicants are allocated the most suitable grade of membership based on the information and evidence they provide about their roles, experience and qualifications. 
  • What is the difference between Associate (AMInstR) and Member (MInstR) Grade? Associates have considerable practical skills in refrigeration or an associated industry and an acceptable level of theoretical knowledge. They may also hold a relevant qualification such as an HNC or Level 2 apprenticeship). Their application is evaluated by our membership application and election process. Associates can use the initials AMInstR after their name, and take an active part in influencing the future of the Institute by voting in Elections and standing for Executive Council.
  • Don't I need to have RAC qualifications to join? Not necessarily, the Membership Committee take account of experience and qualifications. For example if you can prove that you have had a highly responsible job in the sector for over 10 years you could be eligible for full Membership.
  • Need more guidance on applying? Guidelines for completing an IOR Membership application can be downloaded- these notes help to explain the levels of experience and qualification required for each grade of membership.  Your membership grade will be allocated by the Membership Committee of the Institute who will evaluate the details provided on your application form and seek a reference from your nominated sponsor. A sample completed membership application form is available here for guidance on the level of detail needed to allow the Committee to assess your grading.
  • How long does it take to get my membership agreed? If you provide plenty of detail about your work experience and copies of the full information as well as the name of a reference with your application you should be able to get your membership confirmed within 4-6 weeks.
  • Becoming a Chartered through the IOR IOR membership can offer a route to professional recognition and registration with the Engineering Council at CEng, IEng or EngTech level. Find out more here.
  • Can Service engineers or Technicians join the IOR? We have a special section for Refrigeration and for Air Conditioning hands-on engineers which is open to anyone including business owners, engineers, apprentices, teachers and service managers. See the IOR Service Engineres Section pages for more details of how you or your employees can sign up.
  • I'm not happy with the grade Ive been offered. Can I appeal?  Please contact the Membership Secretary for further advice, if you can provide additional information about your career or qualifications the Membership Committee may be able to review your grading.

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