Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers your most common questions about the scheme:

Q: How do I become an Associate Member of the IISP?
A: To become an Associate member of the IISP you have to complete an application form. You will need to select 10 skills from sections A-I and provide 2 separate examples of evidence per skill using the STAR format. There is a requirement to cover 3 different skill areas e.g. A2, B1, C2. You must also complete all of the 3 J skills and K3. This totals 14 skills. You need to score yourself for each skill between 1-6 having at least one skill scored at a 4. You will need a minimum of 25 points from your 10 skills from A-I, an average of 2 across the J skills and 1 in K3. There will then be an upgrade fee of £50 added to your account, once this has been settled your application will be internally reviewed. It may be returned for tweaking, but if not then it will be sent out for assessment. Once assessed the recommendation will go before the Accreditation Committee and a final decision will be made if you should be awarded Associate Membership.

Q: How do I become an Full Member of the IISP?

A: To become a Full member of the IISP you have to complete an application form. You will need to select 10 skills from sections A-I and provide 2 separate examples of evidence per skill using the STAR format. There is a requirement to cover 5 different skill areas e.g. A2, B1, C2, D4, I2. You must also complete all of the 3 J skills and K3. This totals 14 skills. You need to score yourself for each skill between 1-6 having at least one skill scored at a 5. You will need a minimum of 35 points from your 10 skills from A-I, an average of 4 across the J skills and 3 in K3. There will then be an upgrade fee of £80 added to your account, once this has been settled your application will be internally reviewed. It may be returned for tweaking, but if not then it will be sent out for assessment. If the assessor recommends you for interview then you will need to have an interview, this can be done face to face or via a programme called join. Me, the choice is yours. After your interview the recommendation will go before the Accreditation Committee and a final decision will be made if you should be awarded Full Membership.

Q: I am unsure what level I should be applying for, can you help?
A: The Secretariat is unable to advise you on which level to apply for as the application form is based on your own work experience.

Q: My work is confidential how do I get around this?
A: The IISP do not expect you to share confidential information in the application forms. When describing your experience you are required to describe the situations and the actions you took without stating the names of projects, places or people. Please be assured that our membership assessors and interviewers are bound by an NDA the IISP issue when they join as Volunteer.

Q: Do I have to become an Associate member before I can become a Full Member?
A: You can jump straight from Affiliate to Full Member, you don’t have to become an Associate Member first.

Q:How should my evidence be formatted?
A: You should provide two pieces of evidence against each skill. We advise that you write your evidence in the STAR (Situation 1-2 lines, Task 1-2 lines, Action 4-5 lines, Result 2-3 lines) format. This allows the assessors to get to the crux of your personal involvement in your work experience. Below is an example of how to format your evidence in the STAR model,

Situation

Having moved into my first home I am hosting my first Sunday lunch for my family.

Task

I needed to cook a meal that was big enough to feed the whole family but provide food that everyone would enjoy. A traditional roast beef dinner wouldn’t be suitable as my parents, sister and her husband are all vegetarians.

Action

At first when faced with the daunting task of catering for unfamiliar dietary requirements (my cat and I are proud meat eaters) I considered booking a table and letting the professionals take on the task! But then after a quick search online I came across a delicious nut roast recipe that I knew would be a success. The recipe seemed overly elaborate so I decided to cut out what I considered to be additional ingredients such as ‘green olives’ and ‘pomegranate seeds’. This recipe took more prepping than actually cooking so I decided to have it all prepped the night before ready to cook 15- 20 minutes before serving. By prepping it the night before and storing it in the fridge it meant I also had time to prepare a small beef dish for me and the cat.

Result

Surprisingly I had managed to create two dishes to cater towards both my vegetarian family’s requirements and my own with little to no stress. This is something I am quite proud of as cooking does not come naturally to me. I enjoyed everyone’s reactions to my cooking and also having my sister and her partner offer to wash up afterwards!

Q: How do I submit my completed application form?
A: Please submit your completed application form via email to office@iisp.org. You must submit your application form in Word format so it can be anonymised prior to sending it out for assessment. Please submit the signed part 4 in PDF format.

Q: How long does my accreditation last for?

A: Membership accreditation's will remain valid as long as IISP annual membership fees are current.

Q, Will I receive a post nominal of the Institute if I am accredited by this scheme?
A: If you are an Associate member you can use ‘A.inst’. If you are a Full member you can use ‘M.inst’ and if you are a fellow you can use ‘F.inst’

Q, I work for one of the IISP's corporate member organisations, does this provide me any discounts?
A: Yes, if you are a Full time employee of one of our corporate member organisatons, you are entitled to a 50% discount on Associate and Full Member upgrade fees.

Q: Where can I find more information?
A: Please email office@iisp.org or call the IISP Membership Team on 0203 384 0399.