Academic Member

What it means to be a CIPD Academic Member

The CIPD Academic Member (Academic MCIPD) uses their knowledge and research experience to contribute to the design, delivery and management of higher education programmes and/or research within the HR discipline.

They fully understand their institution or organisation’s strategic direction, goals and objectives, including how their own role fits into these and have begun to make policy or strategic contributions and to take on functional roles. They use this understanding to build alliances within and outside their institution to enable them to meet their role requirements.

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

  • Senior or Principal Lecturer
  • Senior Teaching Fellow
  • Curriculum Leader or equivalent academic position
  • Senior/Principal Researcher or Senior/Principal Research Fellow.

"I chose academic membership because the standard membership - whilst it gave me all the benefits of being part of the CIPD - was for me an awkward fit because my needs as an academic were not the same as that of a practitioner. Whereas academic membership brings me access to a number of networks, bestows credibility when teaching practitioners and reassures students and education stakeholders who want to see evidence of engagement with HR professionals and their concerns. Applying for academic membership was a straightforward competence-based process that made it easy to translate the experience I have gained working in the HE sector into the evidence needed for the award."

Linda Perriton, Academic MCIPD - Senior lecturer in Human Resource Management, University of York

How do I become a CIPD Academic Member?

To apply for Academic Member 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 that you are eligible to apply for Academic Fellow please have a look at the membership criteria for this grade.

Academic Membership assessment process

If you are interested in applying for Academic Member, 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

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Academic Member membership criteria (PDF 72 KB)

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