Join as an Academic member

There are three levels of Academic membership, the highest level being Academic Fellow, then Academic Member and Academic Associate.  You should apply for the level that best fits your current profile i.e. the one for which you can demonstrate meeting the criteria through evidence from the last three years.

Application for Academic membership assessment

If you are interested in applying for Academic membership, the first step is to email an up-to-date copy of your CV to

Find out details of membership subscription fees by grade

MembershipCurrent assessment fee
Academic Fellow£650
Academic Member£550
Academic Associate£450

Academic membership assessment

The assessment process is undertaken by specially trained CIPD Academic membership assessors many of whom are senior academics.  For individual Academic Associate and Academic Member level applications the final outcome will be a judgment based on the application you have submitted. For Academic Fellow there is an additional assessment discussion about your career, conducted by telephone.


Upon completion of your assessment you will receive a detailed feedback report which will support your professional development.

Face-to-face or telephone assessment

Open assessment events

Occasionally we run open Academic assessment events where candidates can make an appointment for a face-to-face assessment discussion, rather than complete the application form.

The next open event will be held in Manchester on 9-10 November 2016. If you are interested please email us at

Centre-based group arrangements

CIPD has developed a group application arrangement with the following academic centres that have supported their teaching team and their academic membership applications.

Anglia Ruskin University

Birkbeck University of London

Brunel University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff University

Cork Institute of Technology

Cranfield University

Gloucestershire University

Hull University

Kingston University

Leeds University Business School

Leicester University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Middlesex University

Nottingham Trent University

University of Bedfordshire

University of Birmingham

University of Essex

University of Sheffield

University of St Andrews

University of Strathclyde

University of Sussex

University of West of England

Victory Training and Development Institute, Bahrain

Warwick Business School

Westminster University

Group arrangements may involve preparatory workshops for candidates, bespoke assessments and an option of additional feedback for the Institution.

Group arrangements are available to any academic or research institution including colleges.  If an academic or research institution has a group of candidates wishing to apply for academic membership, please contact CIPD regarding a group arrangement.

T: +44 (0)20 8612 6208

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