Unlock your career potential

Just starting out, changing careers or wanting to learn more about HR and L&D? Combining CIPD membership with a CIPD qualification will speak volumes for your commitment towards good practice. It will enable you to really stand out while ensuring you remain relevant and more employable.

Student membership is for you if you:

  • are currently studying or about to study a CIPD-accredited qualification in HR or L&D
  • need immediate access to CIPD resources and support for your studies
  • want to progress to professional membership at the end of your studies.
Juliana Razman

I believe that the CIPD qualification provides me with a major advantage in securing an HR-related position

Juliana Razman

CIPD Student member

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As a CIPD Student member I value updates on the latest HR topics from around the world.

Azral Bin-Azlee

CIPD Student member

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Join Student membership today

Already enrolled on a CIPD accredited qualification? If yes:

Register using the same email address you used to enrol on your qualification. Then pay a one-off joining fee and your subscription (pay in one go or by monthly direct debit). 

Join Student membership online

Alternatively, apply by post or email: Download our Student membership application form (763 KB). Please also use this form if you have completed a CIPD-approved qualification and wish to apply for student membership.

Student membership fees

Fees for up to 12 months membership (pre-qualification)

Enjoy our lowest membership rate and join the CIPD before you complete your qualification. You must enrol on your qualification within 9 months of becoming a student member. Join Student membership online today

Joining fee: £40

Membership fee: £92 (until 30 June 2018)

Total: £132

Late registration fee (post-qualification)

If you decide to join us once you've completed your qualification you'll be asked to pay the late registration fee as well as the full admission fee and relevant subscription.

Foundation / Certificate: Additional £100 late registration fee 

Intermediate / Undergraduates: Additional £100 late registration fee

Advanced / PDS candidates: Additional £200 late registration fee


You need to renew your membership on the 1 July each year.  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.

Which CIPD qualifications lead to professional membership?

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

  • Level 3 Foundation - equivalent to A-level standard
  • Level 5 Intermediate - equivalent to Degree standard
  • Level 7 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 Level 7 Advanced Diploma, you can apply to upgrade to Chartered Member or Fellow if you have the relevant experience.

Learn about CIPD-accredited professional qualifications.

How do I progress to professional membership at the end of my studies?

Your Student membership will automatically progress to Associate status upon successful completion of a CIPD Certificate or Diploma qualification.

If you hold a CIPD accredited Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM) or Human Resource Development (HRD), you may apply to upgrade to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow if you can demonstrate at least three years’ current experience at this level.

Already a member? See if you’re eligible to upgrade.

What's in it for you?

Access essential HR and L&D resources, development tools and networking opportunities to keep informed, supported and connected throughout your studies and career.

  • Resources
  • Communities
  • Career
  • Rewards


Practical and inspiring resources to support your studies and keep you up to date in the fast changing world of work:
  • 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.


CIPD online forum

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 Career hub

Career support

  • 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
  • Plus, career management webinars.


Save money

  • Receive a 20% discount on all CIPD books and business titles from our Kogan Page bookshop
  • Receive preferential rates on CIPD products and services, conferences, training and events.

Need advice about becoming a student member?

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