What it means to be an IoT member

Being a Trichologist in our organisation involves annually subscribing as a member and adhering to our strict code of ethics from our Articles of Association and Code of Professional Practice & Ethics, assuring the public we are ethical, and abide by these rules in our practice.

All members of the IoT have undergone our extensively devised 2-year training programme to qualify as a Trichologist. The course is of an extremely high standard covering scientific and medical aspects to help diagnose all hair loss/thinning/hair shaft disorders and scalp problems.

An IoT Trichologist has been trained to recognise and assist or advise male and female patients of any ethnicity on:

  • all hair loss or thinning problems such as alopecias, male/female baldness or diffuse loss
  • structural problems or breakage concerns
  • scalp disorders like dandruff, eczema/dermatitis or psoriasis
  • excessive unwanted hair – conditions known as hirsutism and hypertrichosis
  • discolouration of the hair due to environmental factors
  • general loss of appearance and/or condition of the hair
  • counselling and appropriate referral for those patients contemplating hair transplantation or other hair replacement procedures

During clinical work, after consulting and diagnosing a patient some Trichologists conduct treatments in the clinic and some advise only, recommending treatments for home use outside the clinic.

Some of our members choose to list ‘Specialisms’ – this does NOT mean that this is their only area of practice, all members have been trained to deal with all aspects of hair and scalp disorders.

IoT Trichologists are generally not medically qualified but are medically trained in areas pertaining to the health of the hair and scalp, therefore not usually registered with the GMC (General Medical Council). If they possess additional qualifications such as being a doctor or dermatologist it will be shown by the use of post-graduate letters after their name or in their specialism/notes.

Legal Specialism

Some of our Trichologists have additional qualifications such as offering legal work as an Expert Witness in litigation cases. These will be addressed on their listing on our website under specialisms. It is up to the individual trichologist and not the IoT to keep up to date with their legal requirements of any additional legal associations or bodies they belong to. Solicitors must contact the individual and request their CV for qualifications.

What does AIT/MIT/FIT mean?

Subscribing registered members of the IOT are entitled to use their post graduate letters of AIT, MIT or FIT.

After successful completion of our two-year course the graduate becomes a fully qualified Trichologist and applies to the Board of Directors to join the Institute of Trichologists as an Associate member of The IoT (AIT).

AIT’s are qualified to practice in a clinic, however to gain full membership in the IoT and become a MIT (full member of The IoT) they must undertake our mentorship programme.

Mentorship is for a two-year period where the AIT submits, to their Mentor, a number of anonymous case histories from their own consultation practice, to ensure the trichologist is adhering to our code of ethics and upholding the IoT’s high standard. Upon submitting all the required documents the Mentor advises the Board of Directors if the AIT has met all criteria for full membership and an application is submitted to the Board. If approved, the AIT then can use the post graduate MIT letters after their name.

Fellowship of the Institute (FIT) is awarded by invitation at the discretion of the Board following outstanding contributions to the IoT or submitting academic research within the Trichology industry.

Trichologists without these post graduate letters are NOT members of The Institute of Trichologists. We therefore have no regulation or control of what other non IOT trichologists do in their practice, and any complaints must be addressed to the local trading standards authority.

Members who formally qualified with the IoT many years ago but who have not kept up their IoT membership are also not entitled to use their previous post-graduate letters – they are not adhering to our Articles of Associations by not paying their annual subscriptions.

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 member of the IoT.

International Affiliate (UK) is any person who resides outside the UK and does not hold any other grade of membership with the Institute. They have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Board of Directors a professional knowledge of the science of the hair and scalp. They are also required to abide by the Institute’s Code of Professional Practice and Ethics.

What we do for our members:

Members of The IoT have the honour of using the post graduate letters (AIT, MIT and FIT) – proud of being part of the longest-established Trichology organisation (established in 1902). Members have the opportunity to attend our organised CPD days to update their knowledge-base and to network with colleagues. We provide an excellent support network for fellow IoT trichologists.

We produce our own regular newsletters, throughout the year, giving updates and opportunities (business & trichological), sharing research and updating the members on what the Institute has been doing to promote our Trichology businesses through external events and the media.

What are CPD points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. Our members are encouraged to attend organised member-only events to update their knowledge on the recent research and extend their knowledge-base, and to keep their practice up to date with current trichological and business issues.

On a member’s listing you will see a points log. For each medical event the member attends, the points awarded equate to hours of CPD completed.