Welcome to Experience Assessment
Experience Assessment is a route to CIPD Associate or Chartered Membership. It allows you to have your existing professional experience assessed rather than study for a qualification.
Who is it for?
Experience Assessment is intended for those with recent experience working in the people profession. It gives you the opportunity to reflect on your career, skills and knowledge to date.
Through the assessment you will demonstrate you have the real-world knowledge and behaviours required for the CIPD membership grade you want to achieve.
Experience Assessment timeline
Step 1: Free Online Pre-Assessment
Take a 10-minute free pre-assessment to find out if you are eligible for Experience Assessment. The pre-assessment can also help you to choose the right grade to apply for and identify areas for development.
Step 2: Register and pay for Experience Assessment
Choose when to start your assessment within three months. After registration and payment, you'll get access to CIPD member benefits. Your benefits will support you throughout your online assessment.
Step 3: Online assessment
You'll spend between five to 10 days over an eight-week period completing our online assessments. You can do this in bite-size chunks or all in one go. See the more detailed description of online assessments below.
Step 4: Professional discussion
You’ll have a virtual discussion with an experienced CIPD assessor to talk about your career and experience. This discussion lasts 2–2.5 hours. You may need 1–2 hours to prepare for it.
Step 5: Outcome
You'll get the outcome of your Experience Assessment within six weeks. If you're successful, you'll be awarded Associate Member, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow grade and receive your CIPD certificate.
*The one-off assessment fee is non-refundable
**Your Membership fee covers up to 15 months, valid until 30 June 2024
***Next time you renew your membership, you’ll pay the membership fee for the grade you’re awarded.
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