Recognising your contribution to HR and L&D through higher education and research

Academic membership is for individuals engaged in teaching, lecturing and research in the field of HR or L&D. It illustrates expertise in the development and progression of ‘thinking and knowledge’ of the HR and L&D profession and your ability to make an impact in the world of work.

Kevin Haslam

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

Academic membership levels

There are three levels of Academic membership. Each carries a professional designation to recognise their significance.

You are typically an experienced lecturer, tutor or researcher in a HR subject area. Check yourself against the full Academic Associate criteria.

You are typically an experienced lecturer, senior researcher, recognised in UK or internationally as an expert in more than one relevant subject area. Check yourself against the full Academic Member criteria.

You are typically a senior academic or research leader, recognised in UK or internationally as an expert in at least two HR areas. Check yourself against the full Academic Fellow criteria.

Fees for up to 12 months membership

You will need to renew your membership on the 1 July 2018 and each year after that. Don’t worry, we’ll send you renewal information well before the due date to remind you how much is due. Annual payment will be collected until you advise us otherwise.

Membership Assessment fee Joining fee Up to 12 months Total
Academic Associate £450 £40 £153 £643
Academic Member £550 £40 £180 £770
Academic Fellow £650 £40 £207 £897

Card payments

Fees are presented in Sterling, and card payments will be charged the exchange rate of your financial services provider.

Eurozone Direct Debit

You can set up a SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) Direct Debit to pay in euros. Please complete our SEPA Direct Debit instruction form and send it with your membership application form.

Direct debit payment amounts are based on our current exchange rate €1.20 = £1 (rate is reviewed quarterly).

Interested in Academic membership?

To be awarded academic membership, you will be formally assessed against the CIPD academic criteria by providing relevant and current experience as evidence.

Send us an up-to-date copy of your CV to:

We will review your CV and write to you within 10 working days to confirm your eligibility and to advise you on the most suitable level of professional membership to apply at, based on your experience. We will then provide you with details of the full assessment process. There is no charge for this stage of the process.

What's in it for you?

Access resources to keep you in touch with the HR and L&D profession and network with like-minded professionals.

Discuss Academic membership with us today

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