It’s pretty much a given that if you work in HR – or you’d like to – you’ll be familiar with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Most HR job adverts request a CIPD qualification to be considered for the role, and our students are always thrilled by how much easier their job hunt is once they’re working towards their CIPD.

It’s no surprise – the CIPD really is the gold standard for professional standards in HR. It’s made up of more than 130,000 HR professionals from across the globe, and as a not-for-profit organisation, its mission is to improve the working lives of people everywhere.

As well as defining and supporting best practice through their qualifications, the CIPD also gives those who work in HR the opportunity to progress in their career by becoming an Associate Member, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

Here’s why CIPD membership is the perfect way to take your career to the next level.


Access to resources

You get access to a range of member-only resources, including: online business journals and company reports; an employment law helpline; research and policy reports; practical tools; and CIPD publications like its digital newsletter ‘In a Nutshell’.


Use of designatory letters

Depending on the type of member you are, you can add one of the following designations to your name:

Associate Member: ‘Assoc CIPD’

Chartered Member: ‘Chartered MCIPD’

Chartered Fellow: ‘Chartered FCIPD’


More career prospects

As we’ve mentioned, many companies want CIPD-qualified professionals only in their HR departments. CIPD membership at Member or Fellow level is a step above having a qualification and the associated Associate membership, so it will open you up to a range of career opportunities you might not otherwise qualify for.


Higher earning potential

CIPD membership—particularly being a Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow—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 strategic management positions.



CIPD membership places you in an exclusive club of HR professionals. You get access to a range of networking opportunities, through local branch events, special interest group sessions, conferences and online forums.



As a member, you qualify for many discounts on products and services, including: CIPD textbooks, publications and DVDs; the online employment law resource ‘HR-Inform’; conference tickets; and even professional indemnity insurance.


Voting rights on CIPD issues

Chartered Members and Chartered Fellows get to vote on important changes and policies within the CIPD.


Sounds good, right? Your membership level and your method of getting there will depend on what stage of your career you're at. You could be an:


Associate Member

When you sign up for a CIPD-approved course, you are considered a ‘Student Member’. Upon completing a CIPD Certificate or Diploma course at any level (Level 3, 5 or 7), your Student Membership will automatically become an Associate Membership.


Chartered Member

To become a Chartered Member, you must earn a Level 7 Advanced Diploma or equivalent degree and then demonstrate your success working at that level for at least 12-18 months.


Chartered Fellow

The most prestigious designation available through the CIPD, a Chartered Fellow is highly skilled, experienced and specialised. To become one, you must have a Level 7 Advanced Diploma or equivalent degree as well as at least three years of proven success in an HR role.

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


If you’re thinking of getting qualified, have a look at our range of flexible 100% online CIPD courses, then contact our expert CIPD course advisors by phone, email or webchat to find out more.

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