Completing a CIPD qualification will advance your learning in HR or L&D and is the most frequent route into CIPD membership.

Why study for a qualification

Recognised by employers

CIPD qualifications are recognised by employers as a global standard of excellence. They're seen as a commitment to developing your future and show the profession you value knowledge and ethical practice.

Underpinned by the Profession Map

All the CIPD qualifications are grounded in the Profession Map, the international standard for the people profession. It sets out the knowledge, values and behaviours required for people professionals to make their greatest impact and thrive in a changing world of work. 

A route to CIPD membership

After enrolling onto a CIPD qualification, you will be invited to join as a Student Member, joining a thriving community of over 20,000 students worldwide. 

Once you have completed your qualification, you will be rewarded with either Foundation or Associate Membership of the CIPD, a badge of professionalism that’s internationally recognised and a showcase to your knowledge and impact as a people professional 

Depending on your experience you can then progress on to Chartered Membership or Chartered Fellowship. 

Benefits of CIPD membership include access to invaluable tools and resources that will support you in your day-to-day work and help you continue your professional development to achieve your career goals. 

The gateway to a vibrant international community of people professionals

You'll join one of the most vibrant and engaging communities of people professionals. From local branches to online community forums there are lots of opportunities to connect with peers to share experience and learn from each other.

The rewards of study

Studying for a CIPD qualification connects you to a world of professional opportunity. You'll find better ways to approach the unique challenges you and your organisation face. You’ll develop your own specialist knowledge and gain the skills and behaviours to really make an impact.

Find the qualification
for you

Learn more about foundation, associate and advanced qualifications or CIPD accredited university programmes. 

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to enrol

Find out about the qualification enrolment process and how CIPD Student Membership can support your studies 

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