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.
Academic membership levels
There are three levels of Academic membership. Each carries a professional designation to recognise their significance.
Academic Associate (Academic Assoc CIPD)
You are typically an experienced lecturer, tutor or researcher in an HR or L&D subject area. Check yourself against the description of our Academic Associate level.
Academic Member (Academic MCIPD)
You are typically an experienced lecturer, senior researcher, recognised in the UK or internationally as an expert in more than one relevant HR or L&D subject area. Check yourself against the description of our Academic Member level.
Academic Fellow (Academic FCIPD)
You're a senior academic or research leader, recognised in the UK or internationally as an expert in at least two areas of HR or L&D. Check yourself against the description of our Academic Fellow level.
Interested in Academic membership?
To be eligible for Academic Membership of the CIPD you need to be an individual working in the field of teaching or research in HRM or an HRM related area.
To be awarded Academic Membership, you will be formally assessed via an on line Skype/Zoom Peer Review discussion with one of our academic assessors who are experienced academics. In addition, we’ll also gain workplace feedback from people you work with, including your line manager, about your work and the impact this has had in your Institution and the HR Profession.
How to apply?
- Decide which level of Academic membership is right for you. To be eligible for Academic Membership of the CIPD you must be an individual working in the field of teaching or research in HRM or an HRM related area. Apply for the Academic membership level (see Academic Membership level descriptions above) that best fits your current experience i.e. the one for which you can demonstrate meeting the criteria through evidence from at least the last three years.
- Read “How to Apply for CIPD Academic Membership” guidance notes (below).
- Return all the below documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your up to date CV (review the How to Apply for Academic Membership guidance notes in the relevant section below for information on what you should include in your CV)
- Your completed Academic Assessment Application form (see relevant section below) and we will then contact you for payment. The assessment fee is a non-refundable
- A copy of your current job description or role profile
- A copy of your highest-level qualification certificate
- What happens next?
CIPD will acknowledge receipt of your supporting documents and will contact you within 5 working days to take payment. We’ll ask you for the contact details of two people for your workplace feedback and we’ll send them a workplace feedback form to complete and return to us.
When we receive the completed workplace feedback forms, we’ll contact you to book your Peer Review discussion at a convenient date/time. You'll learn the outcome of your assessment within six weeks of your Peer Review discussion and will receive a tailored report to support your continuing professional development.
How to apply for CIPD Academic membership guidelines and Academic Assessment Application form
Fees for becoming an Academic member
|Membership||Joining fee||Assessment fee*||Membership up to 12 months valid until 30/06/21||Total|
Our membership year runs from 1 July to 30 June and you can join membership at any time.
*the assessment fee is non-refundable.
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.
- Research, surveys and policy reports
- 100s of online business, HR and L&D journals supplied by EBSCO
- Time-saving email updates, including In a Nutshell and a weekly HR news bulletin
- Practical podcasts, topic summaries, factsheets and guides, and more.
Connect, learn and be inspired
- Online Community forum - Socialise, discuss and learn from an interested and supportive community of professionals.
- Join CIPD networks.
- Find inspiration at CIPD conferences and events.
- CIPD Profession Map - assess your capability and access recommendations on what you need to know and do at every stage of your career.
- My CPD Map - an online assessment tool to identify your strengths and areas for development
- CIPD Career hub - an online gateway to information, tools and advice to help build key employability skills and enable you to make the most of career opportunities