Your mark of professionalism
Associate Membership recognises people professionals who demonstrate excellence by supporting the delivery of people solutions or hold a relevant CIPD qualification.
Achieving Associate (Assoc CIPD) status will:
- Demonstrate you possess up-to-date and relevant skills and knowledge.
- Speak volumes for your commitment towards good practice, continuing professional development and our Code of Professional Conduct.
- Ensure you remain relevant and more employable.
What we're looking for
To achieve Associate Membership, you’ll need to successfully complete a CIPD Certificate or Diploma qualification, or have at least one year’s recent experience in a role which is hands-on, supporting the delivery of people solutions.
If you have recent work experience, then you’re typically...
- Working operationally and using your people expertise to meet business needs (for example, by supporting people projects or providing advice on people practice and policy).
- Contributing to the thinking around the people practices you support.
- Analysing information and evidence to build insights into organisation and people issues.
- Influencing a number of stakeholders such as your colleagues and customers.
- Responsible for your own work and working collaboratively with a range of people across the organisation.
- Having an operational impact, changing the day-to-day people approach for your customers and colleagues.
- Creating short- to medium-term value for employees or your organisation (value which is sustained over a few months or more).
All Associate Members need to:
- Be aware of a range of people practices, and how your work impacts other people practices in your organisation.
- Have a good understanding of your organisation and the issues it faces.
Explore the Associate Membership standards
The membership grades are now aligned with the levels of our new Profession Map. If you are interested in coming into Associate Membership via Experience Assessment, use the membership standards to determine if this is the right membership level for you.
What people say about being an Associate Member
The CIPD has completely transformed my career and it's helped to get me to where I am now as an eLearning manager.
Assoc CIPD, eLearning Manager
For me being recognised as a member of the CIPD gives me credibility. It reassures the Exec team and the board that I know what I am doing.
Rebecca Watts, Assoc CIPD
HR and L&D Project Manager for Health Education England
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
How to become an Associate Member
There are two ways:
You’ll become an Associate Member at the end of your studies either if you complete one of our new Diploma qualifications or a pre-2021 Certificate or Diploma qualification at any level
Our non-study route into membership allows you to use your current experience when applying for membership
Associate Member fees
The total cost of membership is dependent on whether you are becoming a member for the first time, renewing your membership, re-joining, or upgrading to a different grade of membership or coming into membership via the Experience Assessment route.
Associate Member fee for up to 12 months* (from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021): £163.
You can pay by card or through direct debit instalments, and you’ll need to renew your membership annually on 1 July. We’ll send you renewal information well before the due date to remind you how much is due.
Fees for our routes to becoming an Associate Member:
|Experience Assessment route||Fee|
|One-off assessment fee||£1,996|
|12-month Associate Member fee*||£163|
The assessment fee is non-refundable.
|Study a qualification route||Fee|
|Qualification fee||Set by individual study centres|
|12-month Student Member fee*||£98|
|Total||Qualification fee and £138|
Once you finish your qualification, you’ll start paying the Associate Member fee at your next renewal on 1 July.
If you’ve already finished a CIPD accredited qualification, call us +44 (0)20 8612 6208 to find out whether you can become an Associate Member.
|12-month Associate Member fee*||£163|
*Depending on when you join in the year, we offer different membership fee options.
Not sure if Associate Member is right for you?
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- Membership terms and conditions
- Our membership agreement with AHRI - the Australian Human Resources Institute
- Our membership agreement with IHRP - the Institute for Human Resource Professionals
- All Associate Members need to be committed to their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and comply with our Code of Professional Conduct