Leading the people profession
Chartered Fellow is a clear sign of your proven strategic abilities, people expertise and business impact. It shows you are committed to inspiring and shaping the future of the people profession.
You are recognised as a thought leader, influencer and expert change agent in today’s evolving workplace. You are advancing people strategy as a positive force for good, and proving its value in the world of work..
Being a Chartered Fellow also gives you a respected platform to influence change, shape policy, and deepen your engagement with the people profession.
This grade could be for you if…
- you are an experienced people professional who is working strategically with high levels of complexity
- your work will usually be entirely strategic in thinking and/or delivery
- you’ll lead the thinking on people function across the organisation
- your work changes mindsets and attitudes, transforming the way organisations think about and value their people
- your evidence-based thinking is driving complex people programmes which have a significant impact on the organisation, its sector and in the wider profession
- your expertise influences at senior levels and is shaping the future of the people profession
- you’re a role-model for the people profession, making ethical decisions backed by professional integrity
When you’re a Chartered Fellow, you can use the designation Chartered FCIPD after your name.
The Chartered Fellow grade is aligned with the corresponding level in the Profession Map. If you are interested in becoming a Chartered Fellow via Experience Assessment or Upgrading, use the membership standards to determine if this is the right membership grade for you.
What people say about being a Chartered Fellow
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
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
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
Debbie Alder, Chartered FCIPD and DWP HR Director General, explains what being a Chartered Fellow means for her as a senior HR professional.
Member benefits to support you
The latest business insights, new research and in-depth reports support your expertise in affecting change in business and at government policy level. Through our community you’ll inspire and be inspired by others, sharing the highest standards and shaping the future of the profession. Take a look at some key benefits when you’re a Chartered Fellow.
How to become a Chartered Fellow
There are two ways:
Our non-study route into membership allows you to use your current experience when applying for membership
What’s the best route for you?
If you were previously in membership, find out how to come back to ensure your expertise is professionally recognised and trusted.
Chartered Fellow fees
The total cost of membership is dependent on whether you are becoming a member for the first time, renewing your membership, re-joining, or upgrading to a different grade of membership or coming into membership via the Experience Assessment route.
Chartered Fellow fee for up to 12 months* (from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021): £216.
Fees for our routes to becoming a Chartered Fellow:
|Experience Assessment route||Fee|
|One-off assessment fee||£2,375|
|12-month Chartered Fellow fee*||£216|
The assessment fee is non-refundable.
|Study a qualification route||Fee|
|Qualification fee||Set by individual study centres|
|12-month Student Member fee*||£98|
|Upgrade from Associate to Chartered Fellow||£250|
|Total||Qualification fee and £388|
Once you finish your qualification, you’ll start paying the Associate Member fee at your next renewal on 1 July. You may be able to upgrade to Chartered Fellow depending on your experience and qualification.
If you’ve already finished a CIPD accredited qualification, call us +44 (0)20 8612 6208 to find out whether you can become an Associate Member.
|12-month Chartered Member fee*||£216|
*Depending on when you join in the year, we offer different membership fee options.