Academic fast track

The academic fast track recognises your academic qualifications in CR and sustainability when you apply for membership of the ICRS.

Academic fast-track is permitted for applicants who hold a Master's or PhD qualification in CR and sustainability or a relevant subject from an officially recognised UK or EU university or business school.

It enables you to achieve Associate or Member level in the Institute with fewer years of relevant work experience.

During the application process, applicants are asked to make a case for the relevance of their qualification.


Membership category Standard time requirement Time requirement with relevant Masters/PhD
Associate Worked in CR&S for 2 years in last 5 Worked in CR&S for 1 year in last 3
Member Worked in CR&S for 5 years in last 8 Worked in CR&S for 3 years in last 5

What is a relevant qualification?

Eligibility for the academic fast-track will be limited to:

  • Masters or PhDs conferred by an officially recognised UK university or business school or one within the EU so long as the qualifications align, respectively, with Levels 7 and 8 of the European Qualifications Framework

The fast track is not currently available in relation to undergraduate degrees or non-degree courses or qualifications from institutions outside the EU.

What do I need to do?

To apply for the ICRS's academic fast track you need your application to:

  • Demonstrate that your qualifications meet the requirements set out above
  • Make the case that your studies were directly relevant to the practice of CR and sustainability, and have contributed to your application of the ICRS Guiding Principles and Competences in your current or previous role(s)

The academic fast track policy will be reviewed after the first year of operation of the ICRS.

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