Membership Grades

Institute of Hospitality Membership Grades are as follows:

 Click here if you are a current member wishing to be assessed for a grade higher than your current grade

AFFILIATE MEMBER (NON CORPORATE GRADE OF MEMBERSHIP)

This grade is open to those who wish to participate in, and learn more about the work of the Institute of Hospitality and is assigned initially to all members on first joining the Institute. Affiliate members do not have voting rights and cannot hold office.

Affiliate members are normally those not eligible for a higher membership grade or individuals studying for a recognised qualification in hospitality, leisure or tourism.

ASSOCIATE (AIH)

This is the first Membership Grade of the Institute that confers designatory letters upon an individual (AIH). Associate Members do not have voting rights and cannot hold office. Associate Members will have met the following criteria:

  • Qualifications: an Institute of Hospitality awarded qualification, a degree, foundation degree, diploma or equivalent comparable qualification awarded by a UK or international recognised organisation.
  • Industry Experience: Have achieved the appropriate Industry Experience Points in an entry level or supervisory management post directly concerned with the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries, and/or in other areas of work
  • Continuing Professional Development: Have shown evidence of an ongoing commitment to Continuing Professional Development.

MEMBER (MIH)

This grade of membership confers designatory letters upon an individual (MIH). Members have full voting rights and can hold office in the Institute.  Members will have met the following criteria:

  • Qualifications: Have achieved an Institute of Hospitality awarded qualification, a degree, foundation degree, diploma or equivalent comparable qualification awarded by a UK or international recognised organisation.
  • Industry Experience: Have achieved the appropriate Industry Experience Points in a management or senior management post directly concerned with the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries, and/or in other relevant areas of work.
  • Continuing Professional Development: Have shown evidence of an ongoing commitment to Continuing Professional Development and have gained and evidenced CPD points.

FELLOW (FIH) 

This grade of membership confers designatory letters upon an individual (FIH). Fellows have full voting rights and can hold office in the Institute.  Fellows will have met the following criteria:

  • have made a significant personal contribution to the industry
  • have been in a Senior Management position for at least 5 years
  • have been a Full Corporate Member (MIH) of the Institute for at least five years or at the discretion of the Executive Council be considered for direct entry in accordance with the Bye-Laws
  • should be able to demonstrate a significant contribution to the aims and work of the Institute
  • have shown evidence of an ongoing commitment to Continuing Professional Development and have gained and evidenced CPD Points.
  • Applications for upgrading to Fellowship shall be supported by TWO Fellows of the Institute, who shall have knowledge of the candidate for THREE years immediately preceding the application. Referees must not be members of the applicant's immediate family circle.

Direct Entry to Fellowship

In exceptional circumstances, the Executive Council may admit directly into Fellowship, individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the industry. They must be able and willing, in the view of the Executive Council, to personally advance the objectives of the Institute and encourage others to pursue these objectives throughout a major segment of the industry. They should be supported by three Fellows of the Institute of Hospitality, one of whom acts as proposer. This method of entry into Fellowship is not available by application; it is by invitation only.

For further information on Membership please contact: membership@instituteofhospitality.org 
Tel: +44 (0) 208 661 4927