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Working with the Armed Forces

Simon King CMIRM, Chief Risk Officer, UK Ministry of Defence (including strategic headquarters for the Armed Forces) is a senior member of the IRM.

“There are some 200,000 people in the Armed Forces and many of them are making risk management decisions every day. It is vitally important that the Armed Forces and businesses are mutually engaged.

IRM's access to funding and education will be invaluable to service personnel and help them to forge a new career path once they leave service.

A career in risk management gives you unique access to the top of, and across the breadth of, an organisation. You have a huge responsibility to use that access and voice your opinions carefully. Professional qualifications will enhance employability, increase earning potential and ensure staff are current and competent.”


The IRM has recently formed the Armed Forces Community Group, feel free to join the network and stay updated.

IRM recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant and received the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Employer award which is part of a wider pledge by the IRM to increase the risk management profession’s visibility to military personnel and veterans. We provide accessible and relevant training and qualifications that will help military personnel make the transition into the business world.


Many of the skills learnt by service personnel naturally crossover into the world of risk management and we’re keen to ensure these skills are recognised, and that we can help support their lifelong learning and career transition where possible.

The Certificate in Operational Risk Management was recently approved as being eligible for ELCAS funding (through the Institute of Operational Risk, part of the IRM group).

Our other qualifications include:

- International Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management

- International Certificate in Financial Services

- Digital Risk Management Certificate

- Supply Chain Risk Management Certificate; and the

- International Diploma in Risk Management.

The qualifications are delivered by online supported distance learning and are relevant to all sectors globally. IRM qualifications are considered as the benchmark by employers for anyone wanting to pursue a career in risk management.

Members of the Armed Forces and veterans are also eligible for a 10% discount on IRM’s suite of industry recognised training courses (which are currently being delivered virtually) including the flagship Fundamentals of Risk Management Course).

View our IRM qualifications for the military webinar here

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