When we launched the new Profession Map in 2018, we made a commitment that it'll underpin membership standards and routes to membership. With the new Profession Map, the link between professional standards and membership is now clearer.

We've reviewed Upgrading, and from 30 September 2019, it’ll be based on the new Profession Map standards.

The membership standards are a selection of the new Profession Map standards and they are the minimum required to be awarded a level of membership. The membership standards include those which most enable you to be an expert in people, work and change. They also contain those standards which best contribute to the profession’s values of being principles-led, evidence-based and outcome-driven.

We advise that you use these membership standards to prepare for the assessment if you book your Upgrading assessment on or after 30 September. Access the membership standards here.

The new Profession Map remains your reference guide to good practice. It contains the full set of standards relevant to each level, and allows you to identify development areas for yourself, teams and others.

If you’ve already sent us your CV and we’ve provided feedback that now may be a good time for you to upgrade, our assessors believe that you are working at the level needed to progress. And it doesn’t matter which Profession Map you’re assessed against. So, rest assured you can continue your journey by booking your upgrading telephone assessment or completing the form-based assessment.

Upgrade by telephone assessment

If your upgrading assessment takes place on or before Friday 27 September 2019, you’ll need to use the 2013 Profession Map to prepare for the assessment.

If your upgrading assessment is on or after Monday 30 September 2019, prepare with the new Profession Map and membership standards.

Upgrade by form-based assessment to Chartered Member only

If you choose the form-based assessment, the current application form on our website will be accepted on or before Friday 27 September 2019 and we’ll assess you against the 2013 Profession Map.

A revised application form aligned to the new Profession Map will be available to download from Monday 30 September 2019 and will replace the current form. Any submissions of this version will be assessed against the new Profession Map and membership standards.

Once you book your assessment, you’ll be sent full guidelines on which framework you will be assessed against and information to help you prepare for the assessment.

No, there’s no need to wait. Progressing your membership is a positive move at any time, raising your profile and credibility with professional recognition! It also demonstrates to employers, clients and peers that you meet the rigorous requirements and professional standards for good practice in the people profession.

Upgrading will be just as thorough as it is now in assessing you for the membership level you have applied for. So, you’ll have the same chance of successfully completing it.

The only difference is the membership standards we’ll use to assess you against. So, we’ll be asking you a different set of questions which reflects the new standards. Everything else about Upgrading assessment is the same.

Upgrading will now assess:

  • That you have the core knowledge and behaviours from the new Profession Map for the relevant membership level.
  • The impact and value you’ve created in your work.

The new Profession Map will now underpin membership levels. This means:

1. We’ve simplified the link between professional standards and membership
2. We’ve provided a clearer lens on what great practice looks like
3. We’re making it easier to plot your path to the next level (if this is your goal)

The new Profession Map means that you can:

  • Benchmark your knowledge, behaviours and values against the new industry standard.
  • Stand out as a relevant and credible practitioner.
  • Develop your understanding in emerging areas of the people profession.

Book your telephone upgrade by calling +44 (0)208 612 6208 (GMT)

Download the current form-based assessment to upgrade to Chartered Member

More information on the new Profession Map

Frequently asked questions about the new Profession Map

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