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How it all fits together
The standards set out in the CIPD Profession Map, developed in collaboration with HR and L&D professionals, senior business people, academics and their organisations across the world, aim to set the bar high. They determine what the best HR and L&D professionals and organisations are doing, what they know and understand, to really make a difference and drive the performance of the organisation.

Covering 10 professional areas and 8 behaviours, set out in 4 bands of competence, the Map covers every level of the HR profession, from Band 1 at the start of an HR career through to Band 4 for the most senior leaders.

It has been designed to be relevant and applicable to HR professionals operating anywhere in the world, in all sectors and in organisations of all shapes and sizes.
To guide professional development, there are three transition pathways which identify what professionals must do to progress from one band to another
Transitions