Set yourself apart from the competition

Chartered Membership recognises people professionals who use their expertise in people, work and change to create value for organisations and the profession.

Chartered Membership will inspire confidence with employers and clients. It will help to further your career - opening doors to promotion, and increasing the 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.

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.

Explore the Chartered Member standards

The membership grades are now aligned with the levels of our new Profession Map. If you are interested in coming into Chartered Membership via Experience Assessment or Upgrading, use the membership standards to determine if this is the right membership level for you.

What people say about being a Chartered Member

I chose to upgrade as it gives my clients a level of confidence in my experience and ability to deliver their needs. Having the Chartered Member status indicates that I can work with businesses to enhance and deliver against their goals.

Claire St Louis Westland

MCIPD, Chartered Member

I gained HR knowledge through on-the-job training so I decided to embark on the Experience Assessment programme to benchmark my HR knowledge against recognised standards. It gave me assurances that there was rigor in the membership qualification process.

Min Yi Chow

Chartered MCIPD, Deputy Head of HR, Asia Pac - Aberdeen Asset Management

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.

How to become a Chartered Member

There are two ways:

What’s the best route for you?

Look at a comparison of our routes into membership to find the best one for you. If you’re already a member, check out options for upgrading your membership.

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.

Chartered Member fee for up to 12 months* (from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021): £190.

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 a Chartered Member:

Experience Assessment route Fee
One-off assessment fee £2,045
Joining fee £40
12-month Chartered Member fee* £190
Total £2,275

The assessment fee is non-refundable.

Study a qualification route Fee
Qualification fee Set by individual study centres
Joining fee £40
12-month Student Member fee* £98
Upgrade from Associate to Chartered Member £60-120
Total Qualification fee and £198-258

Once you finish your qualification, you’ll start paying the Associate Member fee at your next renewal on 1 July. You may be able to upgrade to Chartered Member, depending on your experience and qualification.

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.

Re-joining Fee
Re-joining fee £40
12-month Chartered Member fee* £190
Total £230

*Depending on when you join in the year, we offer different membership fee options.

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