Set yourself apart from the competition

Chartered Membership recognises people professionals who use their expertise in people, work and change to create value for organisations and the profession.

Chartered Membership will inspire confidence with employers and clients. It will help to further your career - opening doors to promotion, and increasing the range of job opportunities through:

  • your exclusive access to senior networks
  • a platform to have real influence and inspire the next generation
  • the CIPD's thought leadership, leading-edge research and policy reports
  • using the professional designation and letters Chartered MCIPD after your name.

Find out what your #first100days as a Chartered Member might look like.

What we’re looking for

To achieve Chartered Membership, you’ll need to have worked consistently at this level for at least one year within the last five years. Your work will require thinking at a strategic level, but delivery is likely to be operational, working with a range of stakeholders. There will be complexity in the thinking and / or delivery of the work you do.

You’re typically...

  • Using your expertise in people, work and change to drive people change that impacts organisations and / or the profession.
  • Leading the thinking in the areas of people practices you’re delivering, considering the wider impact on other people approaches and business practices.
  • Synthesising information from a range of sources, critically questioning and evaluating it to make evidence-based and ethical decisions.
  • Working with and influencing a range of people professionals and other stakeholders across your organisation.
  • Having both an operational and strategic impact that affects other people practices and business practices, and impacts a wide range of customers and colleagues.
  • Creating medium to long-term value for employees, the organisation or the profession (value which is sustained for more than a year).

All Chartered Members need to:

  • Have a good understanding of a wide range of people practices and how they impact both each other and business practices.
  • Have a very good understanding of your organisation, its strategy and external trends in your sector.

Explore the Chartered Member standards

The membership grades are now aligned with the levels of our new Profession Map. If you are interested in coming into Chartered Membership 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 Member

Alison Cowan

Becoming a Chartered MCIPD has really helped my career. Organisations out there really value the CIPD. It’s just sometimes nice to go 'yes-got-it'.

Alison J. Cowan, Chartered MCIPD

Multilingual Coach and HR Consultant

Gareth Germain

The CIPD has been central to my career development. It has brought me career success... It shows you've achieved something and in turn it means a lot to people.

Gareth Germain, Chartered MCIPD


Nicola Barber

A lot of HR professionals are actually on their own... It can be quite lonely. You're there trying to communicate with senior leaders about how to do things the best way and the CIPD helps me to feel part of a wider community.

Nicola Barber, Chartered MCIPD

HR Leader UK and Ireland

Member benefits to support you

Your thought-leadership is nurtured by a wealth of business insight, and the latest research and policy reports inform your intelligent decision-making. Joining our professional community gives you the chance to influence and inspire the industry while sharing your expertise. Take a look at some key benefits for Chartered Members.

How to become a Chartered Member

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 Member fee for up to 12 months* (from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021): £190.

You can pay by card or through direct debit instalments, and you’ll need to renew your membership annually on 1 July. We’ll send you renewal information well before the due date to remind you how much is due.

Fees for our routes to becoming a Chartered Member:

Experience Assessment route Fee
One-off assessment fee £2,045
Joining fee £40
12-month Chartered Member fee* £190
Total £2,275

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 Member £60-120
Total Qualification fee and £198-258

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 Member, 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* £190
Total £230

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

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