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Be part of something big

When you’re a member of the CIPD, you’re part of a recognised organisation of more than 140,000 members in the UK, Ireland and internationally, including more than 54,000 members who are Chartered.

When joining the CIPD we have options to suit your professional needs. The following page details the ways in which you can join the professional body for HR and people development.

Become a professional member

Achieving professional membership demonstrates that you meet CIPD’s rigorous criteria and standards for best practice in HR or development. It showcases your ability to create a real impact in the workplace and to make a difference to an organisation’s strategy and its people. So if you’re interested in becoming a professional member, the following options are available:

Find out more about professional membership

Academic membership

Academic membership is a route to professional membership for those in teaching, lecturing and research in the field of HR, recognising their unique contribution to the profession.

More about Academic membership

Affiliate membership

Open to all, Affiliate membership is a non-professional level of membership. It's a great way to learn about the CIPD and access all our exclusive member benefits straightaway.

Learn more about Affiliate membership


If you’ve previously been a CIPD member, rejoin the professional body for HR and people development today and enjoy a full range of exclusive member-only benefits. You can rejoin today by calling the CIPD on +44 (0)20 8612 6208. Alternatively complete and return the rejoining form (PDF 816 KB).

CIPD and AHRI professional membership

If you’re a professional member of AHRI, you can become a professional member of the CIPD.

Experience Assessment

Experience Assessment

A straightforward way to achieve  industry recognition for your HR achievements and benefit from professional membership of the CIPD.

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