Professional Areas

The CIPD Profession Map has been designed to be flexible, so you can focus on the areas most relevant to your role, your next career steps, your organisation’s needs or just curiosity!  We recommend that initially you choose one or two Professional Areas -  include the Core of the Map (Insights, Strategy and Solutions and Leading HR) and a couple of Behaviours.  Each area is set out in four bands of ‘competence’ so this can help focus your development planning even further once you have chosen your areas of focus.

The 10 Professional areas describe what you need to do (activities) and what you need to know (knowledge) for each area of the HR profession at four bands of professional competence.

Profession Map - Professional areas

The core of the Profession Map

Profession Map Download

my CPD Map - online professional self-assessment tool for CIPD members

Profession Map overview

SME Guide to CIPD’s Profession Map

Organisation design Organisation development Resourcing and talent planning Learning and talent development Performance and reward Employee engagement Employee relations Service delivery and information Leading HR Insights, strategy and solutions