Progressing your Academic membership is a way to aspire to, and invest in, relevant self-development as you develop your career and contribution to the profession.

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I get a sense of belonging. To something that's big and globally respected… It's also driving the skills agenda through its policy work with Steps Ahead Mentoring and Inspiring the Future.

Kevin Haslam, Academic MCIPD

Programme Leader East Surrey College and Associate at Acacia Learning

Being an Academic Member or Fellow:

  • allows you to use the designation Academic MCIPD or Academic FCIPD after your name
  • inspires confidence in employers, clients and peers
  • recognises your knowledge and experience
  • connects you with like-minded professionals
  • keeps you in touch with the HR and L&D profession
  • entitles you to exclusive discounts including our flagship events throughout the year.

Am I eligible to progress my membership?

If you have the right level of experience then you could be eligible to apply to become an Academic Member or Academic Fellow.

Progress to Academic Member if you are:

  • currently an Academic Associate
  • recognised in the UK or internationally as an academic expert in one or more relevant subject areas.

Progress to Academic Fellow if you are:

  • currently an Academic Associate or Academic Member
  • recognised in the UK or internationally as an academic expert in at least two HR or L&D subject areas.

How to Apply

  1. If you wish to progress your membership, apply for the Academic membership level that best fits your current experience i.e. the one for which you can demonstrate meeting the criteria through evidence from at least the last three years.

  2. Read “How to Apply for CIPD Academic Membership” guidance notes.

  3. Return all the below documents to
    • Your up to date CV (review the How to Apply for CIPD Academic Membership guidance notes for information on what you should include in your CV)
    • Your completed Academic Assessment Application form and we will then contact you for payment. The assessment fee is a non-refundable
    • A copy of your current job description or role profile
    • A copy of your highest-level qualification certificate

  4. What happens next?
    CIPD will acknowledge receipt of your supporting documents and will contact you within 5 working days to take payment. We’ll ask you for the contact details of two people for your workplace feedback and we’ll send them a workplace feedback form to complete and return to us.

    When we receive the completed workplace feedback forms, we’ll contact you to book your Peer Review discussion at a convenient date/time. You'll learn the outcome of your assessment within six weeks of your Peer Review discussion and will receive a tailored report to support your continuing professional development.

The cost to apply to be assessed for:

Academic Member
Non-refundable assessment fee: £550.

Academic Fellow
Non-refundable assessment fee: £650.

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