Get the professional edge

Reward your achievements and experience in the people profession with Chartered Membership. It’s a visible sign of your ability to lead strategic thinking, drive change and create value for your organisation.

Whether you’re looking to move up, move on, or set up on your own, your CIPD designation opens the door to new opportunities in the people profession, and it inspires confidence in employers and clients and is an asset for your future career.

At Chartered Member grade you’re using your expertise and knowledge to make informed decisions and to influence others, and you’re delivering positive change through people solutions.

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

This grade could be for you if…

  • you have experience working at Chartered Member level for a minimum of one year within the last five years
  • you are an experienced people professional who is working operationally while thinking strategically
  • you deliver people solutions that drive change within organisations and/or the profession
  • you’ll lead the thinking in your area of people practice, using in-depth knowledge of your organisation to inform people strategy
  • you’ll be aware of the wider impact of your work on other people approaches in your organisation, and its impact on business practices and goals
  • you’ll influence and collaborate with a wide range of people including your immediate colleagues, other people professionals and stakeholders across your organisation
  • you can provide insight and perspective on relevant business trends outside the organisation, and in the people profession as a whole
  • you’ll evaluate, question and assess information from a range of sources to make evidence-based judgements and decisions

When you’re a Chartered Member, you can use the designation Chartered MCIPD after your name.

The Chartered Member grade is aligned with the corresponding level in the Profession Map. If you are interested in becoming a Chartered Member 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 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.

If you were previously in membership, find out how to come back to ensure your expertise is professionally recognised and trusted.

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 2021 to 30 June 2022): £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.

Not sure if Chartered Member grade is right for you?

Associate Member

For people professionals whose work is operational with some complexity: you’re beginning to contribute your thinking to people issues and solutions

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Chartered Fellow

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