Raise your profile and credibility further

Upgrading your CIPD membership is straightforward and rewarding. It will enable you to:

  • Raise your profile further with international recognition (professional designations include Foundation CIPD, Assoc CIPD, Chartered MCIPD and Chartered FCIPD).
  • Boost your career prospects and earning potential.
  • Be recognised for your level of knowledge and capability.
  • Enhance your credibility, relevance and professionalism in a competitive market.

Two options to upgrade your membership

If you’re a current Student Member, we’ll automatically upgrade your membership once you finish your studies. You’ll be awarded either foundation or associate member grade, depending on your qualification.

If you're unsure which grade and qualification you currently hold, give us a call: +44 (0)20 8612 6208.

1. Upgrading Assessment

Ideal for: Chartered members, and Associate members who hold a CIPD Advanced Diploma.

Process: Completing the relevant upgrading assessment.

Length: Less than a month.

2. Experience Assessment

Ideal for: Foundation Members, and Associate Members who do not hold a CIPD Advanced Diploma.

Process: Completing a series of online assessments and a professional discussion with an experienced assessor. 

Length: Approximetely four months.

What’s best for you? Take the quiz below

Complete the short quiz and find out the best route for you to upgrade your membership.


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Complete our pre-assessment tool to help you check if you’ve got the right experience to upgrade at this time.

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