Be a role model for the profession

Chartered Fellow status recognises a select group of senior HR and L&D professionals who deliver sustained long-term business performance by leading and developing people strategy. As a Chartered Fellow you will be committed to promoting and sharing the highest standards, developing others and improving yourself.

Chartered Fellowship offers you an exciting platform to affect change and engage in the big debates with business and government policy.

You'll be able to deepen your engagement with the CIPD and the profession through: 

  • shaping the policy agenda 
  • voting on key CIPD matters 
  • contributing to key CIPD research 
  • using the professional designation and letters Chartered FCIPD after your name.
Kay Heald

CIPD membership has given me extra confidence. I have a source to make sure those skills are up-to-date and a peer group to 'swap notes'.

Kay Heald, Chartered FCIPD

HR Consultant

Cathy Hampden

Even though I have been in this profession for over 30 years, the learning never stops. Without wishing to sound cheesy, CIPD membership has enabled me to do that.

Kathy Hampden, Chartered FCIPD

Tania Tiippana

Having the CIPD Chartered Fellow title demonstrates that I'm recognised for my work. It shows that I'm competent, credible and professional.

Tania Tiippana, Chartered FCIPD

Global Learning and Development Business Partner, PAREXEL

What we’re looking for

To achieve Chartered Fellow status, you’ll need to demonstrate at least three years’ current experience working consistently at a senior level. The scope of your role will be strategic in nature, with an impact across many functions; you’ll rarely work operationally.

You’re typically...

  • Shaping, strategising and delivering organisational performance.
  • Partnering with the Board or Executive team to interpret business strategy.
  • Combining business insights and professional knowledge to create and deliver long-term HR or L&D strategy.
  • Evaluating the impact of people strategy through people KPIs and business metrics.
  • Working in a complex, ambiguous, changing environment.

Timescales: You’ll be owning and shaping strategy for the future, planning for 3-5 years ahead, aligning in-year operating plans with the long-term people strategy.

You’re also...

  • Commercially savvy, with an excellent understanding of the organisation’s commercial drivers and how to leverage best value HR.
  • A role model for Continuing Professional Development (CPD), creating a culture of learning across the organisation, and up to date with emerging people and business trends.
  • Shaping the profession through debate, networking and thought leadership.
  • Complying with our Code of Professional Conduct.

What sort of job roles are at Chartered Fellow level?

What sort of roles are at Chartered Fellow level?

Whether you’re employed or working on a consultancy basis, Chartered Fellows usually work at senior management or director level. In larger organisations you’ll typically be a Director or Head of specialist area, working through teams to deliver the people strategy. In smaller organisations – or if you are delivering services as a consultant – you’ll demonstrate a sustainable impact at a strategic level.

Examples of roles may include:

Which qualifications can lead to Chartered Fellow membership?

Study a master’s-level qualification 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, provided you can demonstrate you have a minimum of three years’ experience working consistently at this level.

Advanced (Level 7) qualifications - equivalent to Master's-level

  • Advanced Level 7 Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Advanced Level 7 Diploma in Human Resource Development (HRD)

Find a course or learn more about CIPD-accredited professional qualifications.

Chartered Fellow membership fees

Membership fees for up to 12 months

You will need to renew your membership on the 1 July 2018 and each year after that. Don’t worry, we’ll send you renewal information well before the due date to remind you how much is due. Annual payment will be collected until you advise us otherwise.

Route Joining fee Membership fee Assessment fee Total
Experience Assessment £40 £207 £2,375 £2,622
Re-join £70 £207 n/a £277

Membership upgrading

Members must hold current CIPD membership to be eligible for upgrading to Chartered Fellow. The fee to upgrade to Chartered Fellow by phone or face-to-face assessment is £250. If your application is successful, when you next renew your membership (annually on 1 July) you will be invoiced at the Chartered Fellow rate, current at the time the invoice is issued.

Choose your route into Chartered Fellowship

What's in it for you?

We understand how important it is for you to be able to engage with like-minded professionals in the big debates and affect change in the profession. That’s why CIPD Chartered Fellowship is more than just personal recognition.

  • Magazine
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  • Communities
  • Career
  • Support
  • Rewards


Work. and People Management magazines and apps

Thought-leadership in the real world.

Enjoy Work. the new strategic quarterly journal, exclusive to CIPD Chartered Fellows.

'Congratulations on a first class business journal. I received it today and have read it with huge interest; extremely interesting and relevant articles. You have pitched it perfectly and it is a high quality product. More of the same please.'

CIPD Chartered Fellow member

Plus get the Award-winning People Management magazine, app and website.


Online Knowledge hub
Practical and inspiring resources to support your studies and keep you up to date in the fast changing world of work:
  • Research, surveys and policy reports
  • Employment law updates and helplines
  • 100s of online business, HR and L&D journals supplied by EBSCO
  • Time-saving email updates, including In a Nutshell
  • Practical podcasts, topic summaries, factsheets and guides, and more.


CIPD online forum

Connect, learn and be inspired

  • Online Community forum - Socialise, discuss and learn from an interested and supportive community of professionals.
  • Take part in local CIPD branch activities.
  • Find inspiration at CIPD conferences and events.


CIPD Career hub

Career support

  • CIPD Profession Map - assess your capability and access recommendations on what you need to know and do at every stage of your career.
  • My CPD Map - an online assessment tool to identify your strengths and areas for development
  • CIPD career hub - an online gateway to information, tools and advice to help build key employability skills and enable you to make the most of career opportunities
  • Plus, enhanced career services including mentoring and workshops.


Easy access to support when you need it: online or face-to-face

  • Guidance on standards of professional conduct
  • Whistleblower advice line: Get confidential legal advice if you witness wrongdoing in the workplace
  • Personal legal helpline


Save money through CIPD

  • Free and exclusive access to over 200 perks and benefits with Perkbox, including discounts on shopping, entertainment, meals out and more
  • Receive a 20% discount on all CIPD books and business titles from our Kogan Page bookshop
  • Receive preferential rates on CIPD products and services, conferences, training and events

Unsure if Chartered Fellowship is for you?

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