Your guide to CIPD professional membership
Professional membership of the CIPD sets you apart from other HR and L&D professionals. It demonstrates the knowledge, experience and relevance you bring to your employers and clients.
Upon starting your qualification you will join the CIPD as a Student member and when you have successfully completed your qualification you’ll be automatically upgraded to an Associate Member. Associate is the first level of professional membership and recognises competence in HR or L&D and entitles the recipient to use ‘Assoc CIPD’ after their name to showcase their professional credentials.
By becoming an Associate, you are part of a community of practitioners, involved in sharing and promoting best practice in the areas of HR, L&D, and broader people management and development.
As you develop your expertise and experience, professional membership can open doors to new career opportunities. Those who go on to successfully complete the Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management are eligible to apply for an upgrade to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow. For more information about upgrading, click here.
What are the different levels?
Associate member (Assoc CIPD) – you are typically providing professional advice to managers across the business and supporting the HR and/or L&D function.
Chartered Member (Chartered MCIPD) – you are typically managing, developing and implementing HR policies and plans which support organisational objectives.
Chartered Fellow (Chartered FCIPD) – you are typically leading the development of HR and/or L&D strategy to drive sustained business performance.
What are the benefits?
- Elevate your status – Professional membership is the badge of credibility, which will raise your profile with employers, clients and peers.
- Letters after your name – As a professional member you are able to use a designation after your name to showcase your professional credentials.
- Career development support – Receive exclusive access to development tools including the Profession Map, my CPD Map and career support.
- Be informed – Access the latest HR and L&D resources, including CIPD research, employment law information, People Management magazine, In a Nutshell and more.
- Expand your network – Being part of a big community of over 135,000 members gives you the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals at CIPD branches, conferences and exhibitions or online through the professional Communities.
For more information on becoming a CIPD professional member call +44 020 8612 6208
or visit the CIPD website.