Your mark of professionalism

Associate membership recognises HR and L&D professionals who demonstrate excellence in people practice by supporting the delivery of HR and L&D solutions, or hold a relevant CIPD qualification.

Achieving Associate (Assoc CIPD) status will:

  • Demonstrate you possess up-to-date and relevant skills and knowledge.
  • Speak volumes for your commitment towards good practice, continuing professional development and our Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Ensure you remain relevant and more employable.
Skirgaille Field

It means that I'm meeting the CIPD's rigorous criteria and standards for best practice in HR. Having accreditation shows that I possess specific knowledge and skills that gives me a competitive edge in the HR job market.

Skirgaille Field, Assoc CIPD

HR Adviser, Compello Group Ltd

Dipesh Mistry

The CIPD has completely transformed my career and it's helped to get me to where I am now as an eLearning manager.

Dipesh Mistry

Assoc CIPD, eLearning Manager

Rebecca Watts

For me being recognised as a professional member of the CIPD gives me credibility. It reassures the Exec team and the board that I know what I am doing.

Rebecca Watts, Assoc CIPD

HR and L&D Project Manager for Health Education England


What we're looking for

To achieve Associate membership, you’ll need to successfully complete a CIPD Certificate or Diploma qualification, or have at least two years’ current experience in a role which is hands-on, supporting the delivery of HR or L&D solutions.

If you have at least two years’ current experience, then you’re typically...

  • Managing discrete HR or L&D projects, or supporting larger organisation people programmes.
  • Collating, analysing and interpreting data to build insights into organisation and people issues.
  • Providing advice on HR or L&D practice and policy.
  • Often the first point of contact for line managers and employees.
  • Responsible for your own work, and working collaboratively with a range of people across the organisation.

Timescales: You’ll be focusing on day-to-day activity, as well as planning for longer projects around 6-12 months.

All Associate members need to:

  • Show ongoing commitment to developing your practical and technical expertise in HR and L&D, and how it contributes to organisation performance.
  • Plan your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by reflecting on your own performance, and enhancing your professional skills and knowledge by taking part in development activities. For example, networking at HR or L&D events, online discussions, reading, research, work-based development.
  • Comply with our Code of Professional Conduct.

Whether you’re employed or working on a consultancy basis, Associate members work in a wide variety of roles which support the organisation to deliver HR and L&D solutions. They often work in specialist roles, but have an awareness of other HR functions and what they do.

Examples of roles may include:

  • HR advisor
  • L&D advisor
  • Trainer
  • HR Analyst
  • Employee Relations specialist
  • HR Shared Services Team Leader
  • People management specialist
  • Recruiter
  • HR Manager
  • HR / L&D Apprentice

CIPD qualifications in HR and Learning and Development are available at three levels:

  • Foundation - equivalent to Leaving Certificate
  • Intermediate - equivalent to Degree level
  • Advanced - postgraduate level

At each level you can follow an HR or L&D pathway or a combination of both.

When you successfully complete a Certificate or Diploma, at any level, you’ll become an Associate member, meaning you can use the designatory letters Assoc CIPD after your name. If you complete the Advanced Diploma, you can apply to upgrade to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow if you have the relevant experience.

Find a course or learn more about CIPD-accredited professional qualifications.

You will need to renew your membership on the 1 July 2019 (6 months membership) or 1 July 2020 (18 month membership) and 1st July 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 fees for up to 18 months (from 1 Jan 2019 to 30 June 2020)

Joining fee: £40
Membership fee: £237


Membership fees for up to 6 months (from 1 Jan 2019 to 30 June 2019)

Joining fee: £40
Membership fee: £79


Cost of membership routes

Total fees for Experience Assessment = EA fee (£1,996) + joining fee (£40) + 18 month Associate fees (£237) / 6 month Associate fees (£79)
Total fees for Qualification = Qualification fee + 18 month Associate fee (£237) / 6 month Associate fees (£79)
Total fees for rejoining membership = joining fee (£40) + 18 month Associate fee (£237) / 6 month Associate fees (£79)



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 €1.15 = £1 (rate is reviewed quarterly).


Choose your route into Associate membership


What's in it for you?

Becoming a member means immediate access to a range of benefits. Look at some of our most popular benefits below, or go to our member benefits page to see the full range.

Career progression

Associate level membership is recognised by employers and something to be proud of. For those wishing to progress further, why not join 53,000 CIPD professional members who have achieved chartered status. See what a Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow looks like.

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