If you have the right level of experience you can upgrade your Associate membership to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow. It's rewarding, straightforward and can take just 60 minutes of your time.

Progressing to Chartered Membership will inspire confidence with employers and clients. It will help to further your career - opening doors to promotion, a higher salary and an increased 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.
Alison Cowan

Becoming a Chartered MCIPD in 2005 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


How do I upgrade my membership?

Step 1: Check your eligibility

You could be eligible to upgrade if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. You are a current Associate member.
  2. You have successfully completed the CIPD Advanced Diploma or its past equivalent. If you're not sure, please call our Customer Services team on +44 (0)208 612 6208.
  3. You have a minimum of one year’s experience at the level you’d like to join.

Step 2: Check you have the relevant experience

You’ll need to meet the full requirements for the level of membership you wish to apply for, below:


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.


What we’re looking for

To become a Chartered Fellow, you’ll need to have worked consistently at this level for at least one year within the last five years. This is a minimum requirement, and to demonstrate the standards it’s likely that you will need more than a year. Your work will usually be entirely strategic in thinking and / or delivery, and require a significant level of complexity.

You’re typically:

  • Using your significant expertise in people, work and change to create organisations that value people, and deliver long-term value for the organisation and / or the profession.
  • Shifting collective mindsets and influencing a wide range of senior stakeholders to change the way organisations think about their people.
  • Developing evidence-based thinking on topics which shape the profession or drive complex people programmes.
  • Role-modelling integrity and ethics in your decision making.
  • Having a strategic impact that fundamentally changes the thinking around people, and has a significant impact in the organisation, sector or profession.
  • Creating long-term value for the organisation or the profession (value which is sustained for more than a year).

All Chartered Fellows need to:

  • Have a full understanding of people practices across a range of specialisms, and how they integrate to create a holistic people offering.
  • Have an excellent understanding of your organisation’s business and people strategy, performance and sector trends.
  • Be a role model for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by reflecting on your work, connecting with networks of leaders, promoting a learning culture and enabling the development of others.
  • Comply with our Code of Professional Conduct.

Step 3: Send us your CV

If you feel you meet the requirements to become a Chartered Member the first step is to send us an up-to-date CV. We’ll then let you know within 10 working days which grade of membership may be most relevant for you, based on your experience, and how you can upgrade.

Send us your CV today. Email upgradecvscreening@cipd.co.uk and we’ll let you know if you may be eligible to apply to upgrade your membership.

In order to give you the best opportunity to be successful with upgrading your level of membership and to enable us to give you advice on your eligibility please ensure that your CV covers details of the following:

  • Employment dates and timeframes
  • Your current role including key accountabilities, responsibilities and achievements which demonstrate the scope and scale of the projects you have worked on. If you are a consultant please include information about the roles undertaken/projects covered with the clients/organisations you work with
  • Previous roles and organisations you have been employed by, or organisations you work with as a consultant, particularly focusing on the last five years.

Step 4: Ready to become a Chartered Member?

If following your CV review it's felt that you're ready to apply to upgrade to Chartered Member level, the next step is to prepare for your assessment. This will be your opportunity to showcase your current people experience with one of our experienced CIPD assessors.

We know you’re busy, that’s why we offer a range of assessment options to you:

  • telephone assessment
  • form-based assessment.

Why choose to upgrade via telephone assessment?

  • A range of flexible times
  • Takes around 60 minutes
  • Receive your result in 10 working days
  • It's a time-effective way to talk about your current experience with one of our experienced assessors. 

"This is a brilliant service provided by the CIPD. The only reason I actually managed to do this is due to the phone assessment. Otherwise I wouldn't have found the time to do it.'
Hema Patel, Chartered MCIPD

How to apply

  1. Read the candidate guidance notes for telephone assessment (below).
  2. Book your assessment: If you’ve had your CV reviewed and you believe that you have the experience to Upgrade, please call our Customer Services team on +44 (0)208 612 6208 to book your telephone assessment at a date and time convenient for you.  There’s a non-refundable assessment fee which must be paid by credit or debit card when you book your assessment.  
  3. Read the terms and conditions of the upgrading telephone assessment. You will need to agree to these before your assessment. (below)
  4. Request feedback: In advance of the assessment, you’ll be required to provide feedback from your line manager or client along with a copy of your current CV to the CIPD.
  5. Sit the assessment: During your assessment you will be asked to talk about your experience with one of our experienced assessors.
  6. Receive the outcome: Afterwards you'll receive notification of the outcome within 10 working days. If successful, we'll send you your new Chartered Member card and certificate.

Guidance and application forms for telephone assessment

Why choose to upgrade via form-based assessment?

  • No deadlines - work at your own pace
  • Receive your result in 6 – 8 weeks

Recently completed an Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management or Development? Your first upgrade using form-based assessment to Chartered Member is FREE, if submitted within a year of receiving your Associate certificate. 

How to apply

  1. Read the candidate guidance notes for form-based assessment (below).
  2. Read and agree to the terms and conditions of the upgrading form-based assessment. (below)
  3. Request feedback: Ask one colleague, who you currently work with or have worked with recently, to support your application by giving examples of your recent work and the impact it’s had to show how you operate at Chartered Member level. This individual could be your line manager, a senior customer or client within the business (for example, a director, senior business manager) or if you’re a consultant, a senior client you’ve recently worked for.
  4. Return all forms with a copy of your current CV to memupgrading@cipd.co.uk. Please note that we don't accept postal applications or handwritten applications.
  5. Pay: Our Customer Services team will contact you for payment.
  6. Receive the outcome: You'll receive notification of the outcome within eight weeks. If successful, we'll send you your new Chartered Member card and certificate.

Guidance and application forms for form-based assessment

To upgrade from Associate to Chartered Member you will need to pay a non-refundable assessment fee: 

Telephone assessment: £120
Form-based assessment: £60

Associate members: If you’re an Associate who’s eligible to receive one free upgrade using form-based assessment to Chartered Member, please note that this does not apply to upgrading by telephone assessment.

Upgrading not for you?

Have you considered Experience Assessment? This is a flexible and rewarding way for people professionals to become Chartered.

Contact us about upgrading today

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