Academic Associate membership

What it means to be a CIPD Academic Associate

The CIPD Academic Associate (Academic Assoc CIPD) uses their knowledge and research experience to contribute to the design, delivery and management of higher education programmes and/or research. They understand their institution or organisation’s strategic direction, goals and objectives and how their own role fits. They have begun to become a subject leader.

They will most likely have attained the following sorts of positions:

  • Lecturer
  • Teaching Fellow
  • Teacher or Course Tutor
  • Research Associate or Research Officer.

How do I become a CIPD Academic Associate?

To apply for Academic Associate please first download and read the membership criteria (PDF 72 KB). You must be able to demonstrate that you can meet the knowledge, activities and behaviours specified.

If you think you may be eligible to apply for Academic Member or Academic Fellow please have a look at the membership criteria for these grades.

Academic Associate membership assessment process

If you are interested in applying for Academic Associate membership, the first step is to email an up-to-date copy of your CV to for verification. We will review your CV and write to you within 10 working days to confirm your eligibility and to advise you on the most suitable level of professional membership based on your experience. There is no charge for this stage of the process

Associated documents for download

Academic Associate membership criteria (PDF 72 KB)

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