CIPD Profession Map


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 need to 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 profession, from Band 1 at the start 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.

Professional areas
Bands and transitions
Hr profession map Band four Band three Band two Band one Insights, strategy and solutions Leading HR Organisation design Organisation development Resourcing and talent planning Learning and development Performance and reward Employee engagement Employee relations Service delivery and information Decisive thinker Skilled influencer Personally credible Collaborative Driven to deliver Courage to challenge Role model Curious

my CPD Map

Welcome to my CPD Map, a new tool to support you in your professional development. This tool is for members only (log in to your web account to access in full).  A new ‘lite’ version of this tool will be available for non-members soon!

Simple and easy to use, my CPD Map enables you to:

  • assess yourself against the CIPD Profession Map
  • identify your strengths and areas for development
  • receive a summary profile of how you’re doing and tailored development options.

my CPD Map is a member only area and is accessed by logging in. So if you have a new assessment to do, please log in to my CPD Map as a CIPD member. If you are not a CIPD member, this tool will not open and you will be redirected back to this page. For information about CIPD membership, please go to our Membership area.

If you have assessments to complete in My HR Map, please note that this tool is now in a period of decommissioning and will be taken offline on 27 February 2015. You have until 27 February to complete existing assessments in My HR Map and save them offline. Please be advised that you will not be able to access your data in My HR Map after this time. We would recommend that you print/save any completed profiles prior to 27 February 2015.

Helpful resources


HR Outlook

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