Set yourself apart from the competition
Chartered Membership recognises people professionals who use their expertise in people, work and change to create value for organisations and the profession.
Chartered Membership will inspire confidence with employers and clients. It will help to further your career - opening doors to promotion, and increasing the range of job opportunities through:
- your exclusive access to senior networks
- a platform to have real influence and inspire the next generation
- the CIPD's thought leadership, leading-edge research and policy reports
- using the professional designation and letters Chartered MCIPD after your name.
Find out what your #first100days as a Chartered Member might look like.
Becoming a Chartered MCIPD in 2005 has really helped my career. Organisations out there really value the CIPD. It’s just sometimes nice to go 'yes-got-it'.
Alison J. Cowan, Chartered MCIPD
Multilingual Coach and HR Consultant
The CIPD has been central to my career development. It has brought me career success... It shows you've achieved something and in turn it means a lot to people.
Gareth Germain, Chartered MCIPD
EMEA HR Manager, AFEX
A lot of HR professionals are actually on their own... It can be quite lonely. You're there trying to communicate with senior leaders about how to do things the best way and the CIPD helps me to feel part of a wider community.
Nicola Barber, Chartered MCIPD
HR Leader UK and Ireland
What we’re looking for
To achieve Chartered Membership, you’ll need to have worked consistently at this level for at least one year within the last five years. Your work will require thinking at a strategic level, but delivery is likely to be operational, working with a range of stakeholders. There will be complexity in the thinking and / or delivery of the work you do.
- Using your expertise in people, work and change to drive people change that impacts organisations and / or the profession.
- Leading the thinking in the areas of people practices you’re delivering, considering the wider impact on other people approaches and business practices.
- Synthesising information from a range of sources, critically questioning and evaluating it to make evidence-based and ethical decisions.
- Working with and influencing a range of people professionals and other stakeholders across your organisation.
- Having both an operational and strategic impact that affects other people practices and business practices, and impacts a wide range of customers and colleagues.
- Creating medium to long-term value for employees, the organisation or the profession (value which is sustained for more than a year).
All Chartered Members need to:
- Have a good understanding of a wide range of people practices and how they impact both each other and business practices.
- Have a very good understanding of your organisation, its strategy and external trends in your sector.
- Be committed to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by reflecting on your work, connecting with peers across the profession, and enabling the development of others.
- Comply with our Code of Professional Conduct.
Explore the Chartered Member standards
The membership grades are now aligned with the levels of our new Profession Map. If you are interested in coming into Chartered Membership via Experience Assessment or Upgrading, use the membership standards to determine if this is the right membership level for you.
What sort of job roles are at Chartered Member level?
Whether you’re employed or working on a consultancy basis, Chartered Members usually work at management or senior management level. In larger organisations you might be partnering business managers and functional heads. In small organisations you may manage the whole people department.
The level of membership that’s right for you will depend on the work you do, your knowledge, behaviour, and impact you have. However, examples of Chartered Member roles may include:
Choose your route into Chartered Membership
This flexible route requires no studying and allows you to use your current experience when applying for membership
You’ll be awarded Associate status at the end of your studies. Then, you can upgrade to Chartered Member when you have the right work experience
If you are currently an Associate member and have completed the CIPD Advanced Diploma, you may be able to upgrade from Associate to Chartered Member
Which qualifications can lead to Chartered Membership?
Study an Advanced Diploma and on successful completion of your studies you'll be awarded Associate membership status. You can then apply to upgrade your membership to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow, when you have at least one year’s experience working consistently at this level.
Advanced qualifications - equivalent to Master's-level
- Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM)
- Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Development (HRD)
Find a course or learn more about CIPD-accredited professional qualifications.
Chartered Membership fees
Cost of membership routes
Total fees for Experience Assessment = Experience Assessment fee (£2,045) + joining fee (£40) + 12 month Chartered Membership fee (£190) = £2,275
Total fees for Qualification = Qualification fee + 12 month Chartered Membership fee (£190)
Total fees for rejoining membership = joining fee (£40) + 12 month Chartered Membership fee (£190) = £230
Membership fees for up to 12 months (from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020)
Membership fee: £190