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 HR Map

My HR Map is an online self-assessment tool for CIPD members. It can be used to assess your capability against the activities, knowledge and behaviours in the CIPD Profession Map and access recommendations for development.

Learn more about My HR Map

Helpful resources (member only)


HR Outlook

Terms and conditions for using the Profession Map