Set yourself apart from the competition

Chartered Membership recognises people professionals who use their expertise in people, work and change to create value for organisations and the profession.

Chartered Membership will inspire confidence with employers and clients. It will help to further your career - opening doors to promotion, and increasing the range of job opportunities through:

  • your exclusive access to senior networks
  • a platform to have real influence and inspire the next generation
  • the CIPD's thought leadership, leading-edge research and policy reports
  • using the professional designation and letters Chartered MCIPD after your name.

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

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

What we’re looking for

To achieve Chartered Membership, you’ll need to have worked consistently at this level for at least one year within the last five years. Your work will require thinking at a strategic level, but delivery is likely to be operational, working with a range of stakeholders. There will be complexity in the thinking and / or delivery of the work you do.

You’re typically...

  • Using your expertise in people, work and change to drive people change that impacts organisations and / or the profession.
  • Leading the thinking in the areas of people practices you’re delivering, considering the wider impact on other people approaches and business practices.
  • Synthesising information from a range of sources, critically questioning and evaluating it to make evidence-based and ethical decisions.
  • Working with and influencing a range of people professionals and other stakeholders across your organisation.
  • Having both an operational and strategic impact that affects other people practices and business practices, and impacts a wide range of customers and colleagues.
  • Creating medium to long-term value for employees, the organisation or the profession (value which is sustained for more than a year).

All Chartered Members need to:

  • Have a good understanding of a wide range of people practices and how they impact both each other and business practices.
  • Have a very good understanding of your organisation, its strategy and external trends in your sector.
  • Be committed to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by reflecting on your work, connecting with peers across the profession, and enabling the development of others.
  • Comply with our Code of Professional Conduct.

Explore the Chartered Member standards

The membership grades are now aligned with the levels of our new Profession Map. If you are interested in coming into Chartered Membership via Experience Assessment or Upgrading, use the membership standards to determine if this is the right membership level for you.

What sort of job roles are at Chartered Member level?

Whether you’re employed or working on a consultancy basis, Chartered Members usually work at management or senior management level. In larger organisations you might be supporting business managers and functional heads. In small organisations you may manage the whole HR department.

The level of membership that’s right for you will depend on the work you do, your knowledge, behaviour, and impact you have. However, examples of Chartered Member roles may include:

  • HR Business Partner
  • L&D Business Partner
  • HR Manager
  • HR Consultant
  • OD Consultant
  • Diversity and Inclusion Specialist
  • L&D Manager
  • Reward Specialist
  • Talent Consultant

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.

Choose your route into Chartered Membership

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Upgrading your current membership

If you are currently an Associate member and have completed the CIPD Advanced Diploma, you may be able to upgrade from Associate to Chartered Member

Study an Advanced Level Diploma and on successful completion of your studies you'll be awarded Associate membership status. You can then apply to upgrade your membership to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow, provided you can demonstrate you have a minimum of three years’ experience working consistently at this level.

Advanced qualifications - equivalent to Master's-level

  • Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Diploma in Human Resource Development (HRD)
Find a course or learn more about CIPD-accredited professional qualifications.

Cost of membership routes

Total fees for Experience Assessment = Experience Assessment fee (£2,045) + joining fee (£40) + 12 month Chartered Membership fee* (£190) = £2,275
Total fees for Qualification = Qualification fee + 12 month Chartered Membership fee* (£190)
Total fees for rejoining membership = joining fee (£40) + 12 month Chartered Membership fee* (£190) = £230

Membership fees for up to 12 months (from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021)
Membership fee: £190

* Dependent on when you join in the year, we offer different membership fee options.

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).

Career progression

Once you become a Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow, you’ll be joining 47,000 CIPD members who have achieved Chartered status.

See what a Chartered Fellow looks like.

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