Unlock your career potential

If you’re just starting out, changing careers or wanting to learn more about HR and L&D, having CIPD membership will speak volumes for your commitment towards good practice. It will enable you to really stand out while ensuring you remain relevant and more employable.

Student membership is for you if you:

  • are currently studying or about to study a CIPD-accredited qualification in HR or L&D
  • need immediate access to CIPD resources and support for your studies
  • want to progress to professional membership at the end of your studies.
Maria Creisson

It has been a big shift from not seeing a need for the CIPD, to thinking, how would I have got here without them?

Maria Creisson

CIPD Student Member

Muhammad Abubakir Khan

I feel supported by the CIPD. If I have any HR-related issues I know where to turn to... and it keeps me up to date.

Muhammad Abubakir Khan

Student member

Sonam Taneja

It was totally worth the financial investment, the industry professionals have really added so much perspective to all of those subjects we have been studying.

Sonam Taneja

Student member

What's in it for you?

Access essential HR and L&D resources, development tools and networking opportunities to keep informed, supported and connected throughout your studies and career.

  • Resources
  • Magazine
  • Communities
  • Career
  • Support
  • Rewards


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.


People Management magazine and app

The award-winning People Management magazine, app and website

'I love my People Management magazine. It's my lunchtime read where I can read about the case studies and inspiring people who are doing great things. It makes me think "Yes, I am in the right career!"

Rebecca Watts Assoc CIPD

HR and L&D Project Manager for Health Education England


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

  • Save 20% on CIPD textbooks in our online store
  • Receive preferential rates on CIPD products and services, conferences, training and events
  • Save money on leisure activities: gym membership, restaurants (up to 50% off meals), cinema tickets, holidays, travel and much more

Join online today or find a qualification

When is the best time to join?

SAVE £100 or more by joining the CIPD before you complete your qualification.

  1. Enrol on your CIPD accredited qualification.
  2. Register online using the same email address that you use to enrol on your qualification, then pay a one-off joining fee and your subscription for the year (pay in one go or by monthly direct debit). 
  3. Start enjoying immediate access to all of your member benefits.

You must enrol on your qualification within 12 months of becoming a student member.

You will then need to log in to your CIPD account to confirm your qualification registration.

Student membership fees

Enjoy our lowest membership rate and SAVE £100 or more by joining the CIPD before you complete your qualification.

Plus, choose to pay in one go or spread the cost throughout the year.

Pre-qualification Student joining fees

Joining fee: £40
Annual subscription: £90 (up to 12 months)
Late joiner fee: N/A

Total: £130

Post-qualification joining fees

Upon successful completion of your CIPD qualification you will automatically be entitled to join as a professional Associate member.

Joining fee: £40
Annual subscription: £148 (Associate membership for up to 12 months)
Late joiner fee: £100 (or £200 for Advanced/Postgraduate qualifications)

Total: £288 (or £388 for Advanced/Postgraduate qualifications)

Eurozone Direct Debit

If you're a CIPD member based in the eurozone, you can set up a Euro Direct Debit. Please complete our student application form and our Euro Direct Debit instruction form.


Your membership fees will be renewed annually on 1 July each year. Don't worry, we'll send you a membership renewal pack at the start of June to remind you how much is due. Annual payment will be collected until you advise us otherwise.

Which CIPD qualifications lead to professional membership?

CIPD qualifications in HR and Learning and Development are available at three levels:

  • Level 3 Foundation - equivalent to A-level
  • Level 5 Intermediate - equivalent to foundation degree/HND level
  • Level 7 Advanced - postgraduate level.

At each level you can follow an HR or L&D pathway or a combination of both.

When you successfully complete a Certificate or Diploma, at any level, you’ll become an Associate member, meaning you can use the designatory letters Assoc CIPD after your name. If you complete the Level 7 Advanced Diploma, you can apply to upgrade to Chartered Member or Fellow if you have the relevant experience.

Learn about CIPD-accredited professional qualifications.

How do I progress to professional membership at the end of my studies?

Your Student membership will automatically progress to Associate status upon successful completion of your studies.

If you hold a CIPD accredited Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM) or Human Resource Development (HRD), you may apply to upgrade to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow if you can demonstrate at least three years’ current experience at this level.

Already a member? See if you’re eligible to upgrade.

Need advice about becoming a student member?

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