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Your Experiences of Membership Upgrading

Judith

| 16 Posts

Associate

2 Oct, 2015 14:11

Hi

I have recently started a new job where I feel I maybe in a position to upgrade my membership. I would like to know if you have upgraded your membership how did you find the process and the experience.  Having been through it if you were to do it again what would you do differently.  Has upgrading benefitted your career and if so in what ways.

 Thanks

Judith 

  • Fiona

    | 184 Posts

    Associate

    6 Oct, 2015 11:03

    My experience earlier this year was great if I'm honest.  I was very unsure if I met the criteria to upgrade from Assoc to Chartered so attended an upgrading event with my local branch where my experience was discussed, they informed me I would meet the criteria and relevant experiences to use to develop my application were agreed; after the initial meeting I wrote up my application and forwarded it to the local branch and they responded saying it was ready to go.  I forwarded my application to CIPD and paid the relevant fee only to get the response that I didn't meet the criteria.

    I did inform CIPD of what had happened but and they were happy to provide me with detailed feedback on where and why I didn't meet the upgrade criteria which I have taken on board and will use if/when I ever reapply to upgrade in the future.  I'm not in hurry to upgrade as at the moment I'm not working in a mainstream HR role (I've been in H&S role for last years) so would probably struggle to develope sufficient responses which are current.

  • Nicky

    | 12 Posts

    Chartered Fellow

    7 Oct, 2015 15:29

    Hi Judith

    For many years I had worked in HR but with no formal "piece of paper" to substantiate any of the knowledge, skills or experience that I had gained.  I achieved my membership through distance learning and actually went straight to upgrade (I had had about 20 years experience by then).  

    I had had no support from my employer to embark on the process although a more supportive line manage did manage to achieve matched funding for part of the distance learning, but I funded the balance myself.

    I attended a local event and spoke with one of the members who undertook to "sponsor" my upgrade application.  I did the necessary and was over the moon when through the post arrived my Chartered FCIPD certificate.

    What did it do for me? It gave me professional standing and boosted my confidence.  I found that my colleagues had more respect for suggestions or needs when it came to HR management; acknowledgement that I did actually know what I was talking about.  Following redundancy a number of years later, it gave me sufficient street cred rating when looking for something new and ultimately has enabled me to set up my own consultancy.

     No regrets at all.  

    I wish you every success and hope you achieve the next level. 

     

     

  • Jan

    | 2 Posts

    Chartered Member

    7 Oct, 2015 16:18

    Hi Judith

    I upgraded recently - I had completed my studies years before but did not have the relevant experience at the time and then I kept putting it off as it seemed so daunting.  I finally got round to completing the application form and once I got started on thinking of relevant examples I actually found it quite easy - the hardest thing was keeping it down to 500 words!  I asked my Branch Membership Officer to have a look at it and he made a few suggestions that focussed it on finding a solution to a problem and reflecting back on what I'd done.  The process with the CIPD itself was very easy and I promptly received a reply saying all the documents seemed in order and it would be 6-8 weeks until I heard back "yes or no".

    It was actually really lovely to read the supporting references from my two Managers - that made me feel good and I realised that perhaps many of the things I do may seem "ordinary" to me but they can seem exceptional to someone outside of HR.

    My advice would be to get a first draft done in whatever rough state and work on improving it from there - it's much easier than staring at a blank sheet of paper!  Apparently there is a service available from CIPD where you can send your very detailed CV to them and they will advise you if you are ready to apply for an upgrade and at what level (sorry I don't have the details but someone might read this post and be able to provide them).  I didn't use it, but I did find the self-assessment tools very useful and was fairly confident that I was working at the right level to apply for MCIPD just by completing those.

    Too early to say if it will benefit my career, but it felt good getting that acceptance e-mail and my boss put a bottle of Champagne on my desk too!

    Go for it, and good luck!

    Jan 

  • Judith

    | 16 Posts

    Associate

    9 Oct, 2015 14:35

    Thank you all the replies and sharing your experiences.   It sounds like you have all had a positive experience and lots of support with the process.  This has helped me to make a decision on my next steps and now need to get a plan in place to move forward. I think I will give myself a few more months into my post then get the ball rolling.

     Wishing you all the best on your next steps.

     Thank you for sharing

    Judith  

  • Vanda

    | 9 Posts

    Chartered Member

    19 Nov, 2015 14:55

    In reply to Judith:

    Hi Judith, if you want to use the CV screening service, you can use this email address: upgradecvscreening@cipd.co.uk

    Hope this helps, good luck!

  • Mark

    | 112 Posts

    Chartered Member

    1 Dec, 2015 13:07

    Hi Judith,

    I used the experience assessment route for Chartered MCIPD following almost 10 years in HR and having partially completed the level 7 in whatever guise it was at the time. Due to my work arrangements at the time, I couldn't complete the level 7 and so it always became a bugbear of mine that my membership remained at a level below where it would have been (MCIPD) if I'd have completed the qualification.

    The process involved a bit of work but was generally easy to follow and my supporting statements also gave me a real buzz around my achievements. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy and that made the end result even better.

    Receiving the MCIPD status certainly helped me at that time.

    I've just this last week submitted my application for FCIPD and again found the process straight forward and positive.

    Mark
  • Jamilah

    | 9 Posts

    Chartered Member

    3 Dec, 2015 14:36

    Judith,

    Throughout all my dealings with the CIPD, I have always found the experience to be positive, encouraging and respectful. Guidance given useful. And yes, having the accreditation has benefitted my career and opened doors. Good Luck
  • Emily

    | 333 Posts

    Chartered Member

    9 Dec, 2015 21:05

    In reply to Judith:

    Hi Judith
    I've just upgraded and can thoroughly recommend the telephone upgrade process - really straightforward.
    Best of luck
    Emily
  • Emily

    | 333 Posts

    Chartered Member

    9 Dec, 2015 21:07

    In reply to Emily:

    NB not sure if anyone from the CIPD team can help - I have my certificate showing I have my MCIPD, but still come up as an Associate when I post?! Help!
  • Steve Bridger

    | 6489 Posts

    Community Manager

    9 Dec, 2015 22:27

    In reply to Emily:

    Hi - it may take a little bit of time to be reflected in your profile.

    I'll check tomorrow.
  • In reply to Nicky:

    What a great success story, sure hope I can achieve a small percentage of your success, very well done.
  • Miriam

    | 63 Posts

    Chartered Member

    19 Jan, 2016 15:06

    In reply to Edward Healy:

    Good luck Judith - lots of great advice there...

    Mark - I'm in the same boat as you - passed my pre-assessment and about to do the actual assessment. Pleased to hear it worked for you. If you have any advice please let me know!
  • In reply to Steve Bridger:

    Hello Mr. . It seems that I also encounter same problem. The designation 'Associate' does not reflect on my profile.
    I would be very grateful if you kindly check it.
    Best regards.
    Ye Ko Ko Htet
  • Steve Bridger

    | 6489 Posts

    Community Manager

    13 Mar, 2016 21:50

    In reply to Ye Ko Ko Htet:

    Hmm... still appearing as 'Associate'. I'll look into this again.
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