The CIPD Profession Map captures the knowledge and behaviours that HR and L&D professionals need to demonstrate in order to meet our requirements for professional membership.

The map defines the building blocks of effective people management practice across ten professional specialisms, and describes eight fundamental behaviours that underpin good practice regardless of specialism.

The Map is flexible, so you can choose what to focus on depending on your area of work, the level of accountability you have in your role, and your career development ambitions.

Professional areas

The professional areas describe what you need to do (activities) and what you need to know (knowledge) for each area of the HR profession at four bands of professional competence

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The behaviours describe in detail how a HR professional needs to carry out their activities

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Links and downloads

Below you'll find two downloadable versions of the Profession Map: A standard version, and a text-only version suitable for screen readers and the visually impaired. For more information, visit our Profession Map FAQs and Profession Map T&Cs.

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