In 1946 the Institute changed its name to the Institute of Personnel Management, to reflect its members’ increased focus on industrial relations and industrial training. In 1955, the IPM moved towards restricting entry into full membership via examination and introduced an education scheme which could be run externally by colleges in preparation for the national exam. This initiative did much to pave the way for an expansion in the number of colleges offering courses in personnel management in the years ahead.
In 1981, the IPM established its headquarters in Wimbledon, South West London, and in 1984 opened an office in Dublin to serve the growing number of members in Ireland.
In 1994, the Institute of Personnel and Development was formed through the merger of the Institute of Personnel Management with the Institute of Training and Development. Having achieved unity amongst the personnel, training and development traditions within a single institute, the newly formed IPD set about securing chartered status, an aspiration which had long been a matter of discussion within the former IPM. Chartered status was granted in 2000 and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) came into existence from 1 July of that year. On 1 October 2003, the CIPD awarded chartered status to over 37,000 full Members, Fellows and Companions of the Institute.
In 2009, the CIPD launched the Profession Map, a dynamic and ‘live’ set of standards for the HR and L&D profession. It was created by the profession for the profession and sets the benchmark for what successful and effective HR and L&D people do and deliver across every aspect and specialism of the profession. The standards set out in the Map underpinned changes to the CIPD qualifications structure and enabled more direct routes into membership, including the launch of Experience Assessment in January 2010.