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

Being a Chartered Fellow offers you an exciting platform to affect change and engage in the big debates with business and government policy.

You'll be able to deepen your engagement with the CIPD and the profession through: 

  • shaping the policy agenda 
  • voting on key CIPD matters 
  • contributing to key CIPD research 
  • using the professional designation and letters Chartered FCIPD after your name.
Cathy Hampden

Even though I have been in this profession for over 30 years, the learning never stops. Without wishing to sound cheesy, CIPD membership has enabled me to do that.

Kathy Hampden, Chartered FCIPD

CIPD membership really helps me with the current people strategy role I do, which is developing and driving our strategy.

Emily Griffiths, Chartered MCIPD

People Strategy Manager, Tesco

How do I upgrade my membership?

Step 1: Check your eligibility

You could be eligible to upgrade if you:

  1. are an Associate member having successfully completed the CIPD Advanced Diploma (or its past equivalent) or a Chartered Member. If you're not sure, please call our Customer Services team on +44 (0)208 612 6208.
  2. have the relevant experience we're looking for.

Step 2: Check you have the relevant experience

You’ll need to meet the full Chartered Fellow requirements, below:

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 Fellow your 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 Fellow?

If following your CV review it's felt that you're ready to apply to upgrade to Chartered Fellow 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.

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 people experience with one of our experienced CIPD 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 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 Fellow card and certificate.

Guidance and application forms for telephone assessment

To upgrade from Associate or Chartered Member to Chartered Fellow you will need to pay a non-refundable assessment fee of £250.

All fees need to be paid in GBP, for guidance on the euro rate click here to convert currency.

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

Call +353 1 513 6796


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