Classes of Registration

Subscribing registrants who have qualified with the IOT are entitled to use their post graduate letters of AIT, MIT or FIT. Trichologists without these post graduate letters have not undergone training with the IOT.

As we move forward with our Professional Standards Authority Certifications, more categories of membership will be added and fully explained. We will keep our information updated and current as changes are made.

Please note that not all of our Trichologist members choose to have their clinic listed on the IOT website, but they are still very much a member and appropriately qualified if they use our post graduate letters. If you are in any doubt, please contact us and we can verify a Trichologist is a registrant.

Classes of Registration...

AIT Trichologists (Associate of the Institute of Trichologists)

For registration, AIT Trichologists have either:

  • Completed the Level Five Diploma in Clinical Trichology (2.5 years). This qualification is accredited by the Institute of Trichologists and NCFE, one of the UK’s largest technical and vocational awarding organisations.
  • Or, have completed equivalent education qualifications, then (if required) completed further qualifications to achieve the Level Five Diploma in Clinical Trichology.

*Pre 2021 graduates completed a qualification accredited by the Institute of Trichologists only.

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MIT Trichologists (Member of the Institute of Trichologists)

In order to progress to MIT status, registrants successfully complete the IOT ‘Preceptorship’ (a ‘flexible’ developmental scheme, 6 – 24 months). A specific and supportive education programme designed to:

  • To facilitate and support the transition of a newly qualified trichologist.
  • To facilitate the application of new knowledge and skills.
  • To raise awareness of the standards and competencies required to achieve and support to achieve these.
  • To provide constructive feedback on performance. 

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FIT Trichologists (Fellow of the Institute of Trichologists)

Awarded by invitation at the discretion of the Board following outstanding contributions to the IOT or by submitting Trichology related academic research.

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AIM (Affiliate International Member)

Awarded to trichologist outside the UK (who do not hold either of the above grades of registration). They have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Board a professional knowledge of the science of the hair and scalp, evidenced by educational achievement and experience. They are required to abide by the IOT’s Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.

Indemnity insurance is a requirement of registration for all registrants.