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.

Why become a Chartered Fellow


"Professional membership, professional learning, professional accreditation, peer-to-peer interaction are ways in which you not only learn, but that equip you to be a really strong HR professional."

Debbie Alder, FCIPD
HR Director General for The Department of Work and Pensions

Watch Debbie's story


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 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:

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.

Membership fees for up to 6 months

You need to renew your membership on 1 July each year. 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.

Membership Assessment fee Joining fee Up to 6 months Total
Academic Associate £450 £40 £74 £564
Academic Member £550 £40 £87 £677
Academic Fellow £650 £40 £99 £789


Membership fees for up to 18 months

You will need to renew your membership on the 1 July 2019 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 £310 £2,375 £2,725
Re-join £70 £310 n/a £380


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.

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

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