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The Benefits of CIPD Membership

If you’ve been browsing HR and L&D job vacancies recently you may have noticed that the most common prerequisite for candidates is a CIPD qualification - even simply stating the fact that you’re currently studying a CIPD course can boost your CV and help you land a job.  

The reason these qualifications are so often requested by employers is that the CIPD is the world's largest professional HR and L&D body and is internationally recognised as the industry gold standard. They offer top-quality qualifications, supporting 150,000 members with a whole host of benefits that help people professionals as they advance their careers. 

Read more to discover all the benefits of CIPD membership that are designed to help take your career to the next level. 

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Access to Quality Resources

As a member, you can access the mountain of resources that make up the CIPD Knowledge Hub. This extensive online library has factsheets and guides on key topics like Employment Law, Learning and Development, and Reward Strategy. It also houses tons of industry-related research and evidence and a podcast covering topical workplace issues. 

If that’s still not enough, you can browse over 200 HR/L&D and business journals via the EBSCO Discovery Service. Plus, if you need tools or templates you can easily access the customisable model documents and policies provided on the CIPD’s HR-inform site.

These high-quality resources are available to you from day one of your membership and will support you at every stage of your HR career.

And hey! Even if you're not yet a member of the CIPD, you can access their Profession Map, an innovative new tool acting as the benchmark for the people profession, helping people face imminent workplace challenges and preparing them for the future. 

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Professional Credibility

Within the HR and L&D professions, being a member of CIPD is a mark of professional credibility and high standards and something that you can be proud of. 

Depending on what type of member you are, you can add certain designatory letters to your name on your CV, LinkedIn profile and anywhere else you wish to display it. 

Student Member

While you're studying a CIPD qualification, you’ll automatically become a Student Member of the CIPD. 

Foundation Member

If you complete the CIPD Level 3 Certificate in People Practice, you’ll become a Foundation Member, the newest level of membership now awarded by the CIPD.

Associate Member: ‘Assoc CIPD’

When you complete a CIPD Diploma at Level 5 or Level 7, your Student Membership will automatically become an Associate Membership, illustrating your competency in the HR or L&D industry.

Chartered Member: ‘Chartered MCIPD’

After you've completed a Level 7 Advanced Diploma (or equivalent), you'll be eligible to apply for and become a Chartered Member of the CIPD. To qualify, you need to demonstrate your success working at the advanced level for at least one year. 

Chartered Fellow: ‘Chartered FCIPD’

The most prestigious designation available through the CIPD, a Chartered Fellow is highly skilled, experienced, and specialised. To earn this status, you must have a Level 7 Advanced Diploma or equivalent degree and typically over one year of experience and proven success in an HR or L&D role.

Depending on your experience and qualifications, you may also gain CIPD membership through a rigorous experience assessment.

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More Career Prospects

As we’ve mentioned, many HR and L&D job adverts specify a CIPD qualification as a prerequisite for the role. So, being CIPD-qualified will open up a wider range of opportunities to you when you’re searching for your next role.

To show you how CIPD qualifications and membership can help your career advancement, we conducted a survey of our CIPD graduates. We found that less than 2 years after graduation:

  1. 92% were working in HR or L&D
  2. The number working in mid-level HR roles increased from 23% to 49%
  3. The number working in senior HR roles increased from 2% to 10%
  4. 74% said CIPD has played a vital role in their career advancement


You’ll also be able to use the CIPD Career Hub which is a fantastic platform that’s packed with the resources and tools you need to advance your HR or L&D career.



Higher earning potential

CIPD membership gives you more bargaining power when it comes to negotiating salaries. It demonstrates to employers that you meet the high standards of the CIPD and have the skills and experience required to excel in more senior positions.

Don’t just take our word for it; in the same survey of our CIPD graduates we found that:

  1. 3 out of 5 said their salary had increased
  2. 78% said their earning potential had increased
  3. The number earning between £30k and £40k almost doubled from 16% to 27%
  4. The number earning between £40k and £50k more than doubled from 6% to 14%
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Networking and Events

In the HR and L&D professions, having a broad professional network is a huge asset to your career and CIPD membership allows you to grow your network by interacting with a wide range of other professionals.

You get access to a range of networking opportunities, through local branch events, special interest group sessions and conferences. This will give you the chance to meet new people, get support and advice from other professionals and seek out new opportunities to advance your career.

You can also sign up to use the online CIPD community forums which give you the chance to network and share knowledge in a more laid back and informal setting.

Member Helplines

The CIPD run 4 helplines offering legal guidance that as a member you’ll be entitled to use.

The one that will most likely come in handiest is their Employment Law helpline. It’s open 24/7 and your CIPD membership grants you 20 calls per year. Employment law is notoriously tricky and can throw off even the most seasoned HR professionals, so having expert advice just a phone call away can be a big help.

The other helplines deal with whistleblowing, personal legal issues and EU employment; so, no matter what your legal dilemma, you should be able to get the support and advice you need. 

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Voting Rights on CIPD Issues

As a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD you have the right to vote on key CIPD issues and policy changes, giving you the chance to engage in big debates and affect change within the HR and L&D profession. 

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Not only will CIPD membership advance your career, it will also save you some money!

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