Academic membership

“I get a sense of belonging. To something that's big and globally respected.”

Kevin Haslam Academic MCIPD
Programme Leader East Surrey College and Associate at Acacia Learning

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Academic membership

Academic membership (Academic Associate, Academic Member and Academic Fellow) recognises your unique contribution to the HR and development profession. The designation Academic FCIPD, Academic MCIPD and Academic Assoc CIPD is a badge of your professional credibility, inspiring confidence with others.

Academic member stories

“I get a sense of belonging. To something that's big and globally respected.”

I've been working in HR for 30 years. I must have started very young! In those 30 years the profession has changed dramatically – from welfare to personnel, from personnel to HR.

And alongside this, I think that the CIPD is become more aware of what members require. It's also become more in tune with business.

As an Academic Member of the CIPD, my membership is valuable. It supports me in my role of imparting my knowledge and insight within the class environment. My Academic Member status gives me professionalism. It's a badge that informs people where I am in my career. It shows people what I've achieved. I'm very proud of it. As you progress in your career, CIPD professional membership, be it Academic or Chartered, is increasingly asked for. In fact the job I'm in now specifically asked for Academic Membership.

I get a sense of belonging too. To something that's big and globally respected.

We're not always seen as a profession, we're sometimes seen as a function. CIPD raises the profile of the profession. It supports practitioners. It's also driving the skills agenda through its policy work with Steps Ahead Mentoring and Inspiring the Future.

CIPD membership is a brilliant resource. I value the research such as the labour market outlook. My CPD Map is brilliant. You can assess yourself in 3 different areas – developing your career, going for promotion and as part of your studies. You get tailored development recommendations. I wish I had it 30 years ago!

Now that I'm an Academic member I find that I network more often with other academics. I'm Vice Chair of the West London Branch.

In my 30 years of working in HR CIPD has been there at each point. CIPD is supporting me throughout my career. Giving me clear indications of where I can take my next step.

Kevin Haslam Academic MCIPD
Programme Leader East Surrey College and Associate at Acacia Learning

Academic member benefits

Academic membership recognises the unique contribution you make to the HR profession. You can also use an Academic designation and letters after your name to showcase your professional credentials:

  • Academic Fellow (Academic FCIPD)
  • Academic Member (Academic MCIPD)
  • Academic Associate (Academic Assoc CIPD)

Widen your professional network and share research ideas with fellow academics face-to-face at dedicated events and symposiums or online through our professional community area.

Access to member-only areas of the CIPD website (latest research, policy reports, employment law, management and HR journals and more), In a Nutshell (a monthly email round up of the latest thinking in HR) and the award-winning People Management magazine.

Access CIPD member-only HR and L&D resources

As an Academic member you can benefit from exclusive member-only discounts in attending CIPD events, including our flagship events the Annual Conference and Exhibition in November and the Learning and Development Show in spring.

Member-only savings