Be a role model for the profession

Chartered Fellow status recognises senior people professionals who are changing the way organisations think about their people, and using their professional expertise to deliver long-term value for their organisation and the profession. 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.

What we’re looking for

To become a Chartered Fellow, you’ll need to have worked consistently at this level for at least one year within the last five years. This is a minimum requirement, and to demonstrate the standards it’s likely that you will need more than a year. Your work will usually be entirely strategic in thinking and / or delivery, and require a significant level of complexity.

You’re typically:

  • Using your significant expertise in people, work and change to create organisations that value people, and deliver long-term value for the organisation and / or the profession.
  • Shifting collective mindsets and influencing a wide range of senior stakeholders to change the way organisations think about their people.
  • Developing evidence-based thinking on topics which shape the profession or drive complex people programmes.
  • Role-modelling integrity and ethics in your decision making.
  • Having a strategic impact that fundamentally changes the thinking around people, and has a significant impact in the organisation, sector or profession.
  • Creating long-term value for the organisation or the profession (value which is sustained for more than a year).

All Chartered Fellows need to:

  • Have a full understanding of people practices across a range of specialisms, and how they integrate to create a holistic people offering.
  • Have an excellent understanding of your organisation’s business and people strategy, performance and sector trends.

Explore the Chartered Fellow standards

The membership grades are now aligned with the levels of our new Profession Map. If you are interested in coming into Chartered Fellowship via Experience Assessment or Upgrading, use the membership standards to determine if this is the right membership level for you.

What people say about being a Chartered Fellow

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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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.

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People Management and Work.

How to become a Chartered Fellow

There are two ways:

What’s the best route for you?

Use our interactive tools to find the best route into membership for you. If you’re already a member, find the best route for upgrading your membership.

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
Joining fee £40
12-month Chartered Fellow fee* £216
Total £2,631

The assessment fee is non-refundable.

Study a qualification route Fee
Qualification fee Set by individual study centres
Joining fee £40
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.

Re-joining Fee
Re-joining fee £40
12-month Chartered Member fee* £216
Total £256

*Depending on when you join in the year, we offer different membership fee options.

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