About Chartered Fellow (Chartered FCIPD)
Chartered Fellow is the highest level of CIPD professional membership that you can apply for. Chartered Fellows are entitled to use the designation and letters Chartered FCIPD after their name to showcase their professional credentials. Chartered Fellows are role models for the profession. They lead their organisations' HR strategy and promote continuing professional development.
Profile of a Chartered Fellow
A Chartered Fellow leads the development of strategic HR plans that drive sustained business performance.
Skills and knowledge focus
Combining strategic business and professional knowledge and experience. Drawing business insights from understanding functional and business realities and stakeholder needs.
Relationship with clients
Partners with and shapes the thinking of senior business leaders.
Impacts and measures
Impacts with functions across the organisation and externally. Is measured against strategic business objectives.
Chartered Fellows are senior HR leaders, creating and developing HR strategies that deliver the organisation's objectives. Whether from a specialist or generalist background, they partner with and influence Executive teams or the Board to interpret business strategy and ensure successful delivery of integrated HR plans.
Benefits of Chartered Fellow
Part of a select group of less than 13,000 senior HR and development professionals.
Demonstrate to employers, clients and peers that you meet the highest standards in HR.
Use of a professional designation and letters after your name, Chartered FCIPD.
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Voting rights on CIPD matters.
Requirements for Chartered Fellow
The requrements for Chartered Fellow are underpinned by CIPD’s Profession Map. The core of the Map – Insights, strategy and solutions and Leading HR – must be demonstrated by all professional members. Chartered Fellows are expected to have a broad HR knowledge across most areas in addition to any specialisms. To be awarded Chartered Fellow you need to demonstrate consistent, sustained performance against timescales of at least three years. You will have evidence across a wide range of examples to demonstrate your experience against band 3 of CIPD’s Profession Map.
Download the full requirements for Chartered Fellow here (PDF 138 KB)
How to become a Chartered Fellow
Depending on your objectives and HR experience, you can become a Chartered Fellow by:
Studying a CIPD qualification and apply to upgrade
To be eligible you must study the CIPD level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development or the PDS equivalent. You will join us as a Student member and on successful completion of your qualification and depending on your relevant practical HR or development experience, you will then have the option of applying to upgrade to Chartered Fellow.
If you're an experienced HR or development professional you can apply to become a Chartered Fellow through Experience Assessment, which involves having your experience and achievements assessed.
If you're a Chartered Member, a Graduate member or an Associate member who's regraded from Graduate or you've recently completed your Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resources Management or Development or PDS equivalent and you meet the criteria for Chartered Fellow, you can apply to upgrade.
Rejoing as a Chartered Fellow
If you used to be a Chartered Fellow, please call our membership customer services team on +44 (0)20 8612 6208 to rejoin.
How to upgrade to Chartered Fellow
You can upgrade to Chartered Fellow if you possess a CIPD level 7 Diploma in Human Resource Management or Development (or PDS) or are a Graduate member. You must also demonstrate that you meet the criteria for Chartered Fellow.
You can find links to the criteria and forms here.
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