Your pre-assessment shows you have the experience to apply to become a member via Experience Assessment. 

Experience Assessment timeline 

Step 1: Register with the CIPD and pay for Experience Assessment 

Choose when to start your assessment within three months. After registration and payment, you'll get a preview of membership and CIPD member benefits. Your benefits will support you throughout your online assessment. 

Step 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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.


Apply now

Please download an application form below.  Send the completed form, together with your CV:
By email: 
By post: Experience Assessment, CIPD, 151 The Broadway, London SW19 1JQ

Online Assessments

Expect to invest around five-10 days over an eight-week period.

The Professional Discussion

Approximately three to four weeks after you submit your online assessments, you’ll have an online professional discussion. This is with an experienced CIPD assessor. The discussion takes around 2–2.5 hours.

The assessor will ask questions about your career. They’ll follow up on some of the examples you provided for the assessment. And they’ll ask for additional examples of your work.

The Professional Discussion is a structured conversation, led by your assessor. This makes sure you have the best opportunity to showcase your work. And to show us how you meet the membership standards. There’ll be a focus on the impact of your work on employees, the organisation or the profession. Prepare to explain how and what you’ve achieved.

How much does Experience Assessment cost?

Our membership year runs from 1st July to 30th June, and you can join membership at any time.

Membership type Joining fee (New members only) One-off assessment fee* Membership fee (1 July 2024 - 30 June 2025) Total (New members) Total (Existing members)
Associate Member £40 £1,996 £184 £2,212 £1,996
Chartered Member £40 £2,045 £214 £2,290 £2,045
Chartered Fellow £40 £2,375 £242 £2,647 £2,375

*The one-off assessment fee is non-refundable

**Next time you renew your membership, you’ll pay the membership fee for the grade you’re awarded.


What our members say

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