Student membership

Each year over 12,000 individuals start or enhance their current HR career by studying an industry-recognised HR or L&D qualification from the CIPD. 

They join as CIPD Student members at the start of their study programme.  This ensures that their CIPD qualification is recognised by the CIPD and counts towards professional membership after study. On a practical note, CIPD student membership also provides exclusive access to a wealth of essential HR resources, development tools and networking opportunities.

Joining as a Student member

  1. To join as a Student member, you’ll first need to be enrolled on a CIPD approved qualification programme. Search for a CIPD HR or L&D qualification at a CIPD Centre near you here.

  2. Your study centre will provide you with a 'registration key', which will enable you to join at a discounted fee. You’ll pay a one-off joining fee of just £40 and an annual membership fee of £90 to cover membership until 30 June 2015.

  3. Use you 'registration key' to join online.

  4. You can pay for your membership in one go by Annual Direct Debit or credit card. Alternatively, you can spread the cost over the year by quarterly Direct Debit.

Benefits of Student membership

CIPD and its members will support and inspire you to achieve your full professional potential.

Keeping you informed

CIPD members have exclusive access to a wealth of HR and development online resources, and our Student members also have a dedicated Student Resource area.  The Student Resource area gives you instant access to the latest CIPD research and surveys, UK and Ireland employment law, HR and business journals, company and country reports, plus practical factsheets, tools and templates - essential for balancing work, life and study.

Saving you time

  • People Management magazine
    CIPD members also receive the award-winning People Management magazine each month.  Reflecting the full scope of the profession, it brings you the most important news and views in HR and business.

  • In a Nutshell
    Our latest new addition to membership benefits brings you the latest and most thought-provoking thinking across HR and business.  Giving members everything they need In a Nutshell without the effort of having to go looking for it.

  • HR and L&D information services
    CIPD members have access to our unique HR and L&D database as well as many additional online journals relating to business and employment issues in the UK and around the world. Our Customer Services staff are available by phone and email to answer enquiries and help find resources to meet your needs.

Building your network

Membership is also a great way to network with like-minded HR and development professionals at local CIPD branch events, at our flagship conferences and exhibitions or online through our professional Communities.

Supporting your professional development

CIPD members have exclusive access to My HR Map, an online development tool which enables you to use the CIPD Profession Map for your own career development.

Raising your profile

CIPD Student members are on a pathway to recognition in the workplace through professional membership (Associate, Chartered Member and Chartered Fellow) after study. CIPD professional membership also entitles you to use a designation after your name (Assoc CIPD, Chartered MCIPD or Chartered FCIPD) to showcase your professional credentials.

Saving you money

Student members can benefit from a 20% discount on CIPD textbooks.  And that's not all, CIPD members receive discounts on all CIPD products and services.

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Important update on Associate membership

CIPD has announced changes to Associate membership.