Diagram of CIPD five stage model for organisations - stage 4, Recognise

Pathways to CIPD professional membership

HR, L&D and OD practitioners who prove they meet rigorous CIPD standards are more influential, respected and valued. And since accreditation celebrates your team’s successes and inspires pride in their work, they feel great about it too.

There are pathways to CIPD Professional Membership to suit your people team depending on their level of experience and desire to study.

Non-study routes – based on professional experience

Experience assessment

For experienced people professionals in your team who are not already in membership, CIPD’s Experience Assessment benchmarks an individual’s performance against the global standard.



For those in your team who are already CIPD members (Associate or Chartered Member), upgrading is a short experience-based assessment to advance their credibility and their visibility as people professionals.


Study route – build capability


CIPD Qualifications

CIPD qualifications are built around real workplace challenges and designed for the real world. 

There are three levels to choose from:

·       Foundation Certificate in People Practice

·       Associate Diploma in either People Management or Organisational Learning and Development

·       Advanced Diploma in either Strategic People Management or Strategic Learning and Development


Assessed development programmes

A tailored route into professional membership for your team.

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Apprenticeships are available to people at different stages of their career. And with the right apprenticeship, you can offer a ready-made development path – especially in HR or L&D. 

Apprentices receive on-the-job and off-the-job training so they develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to be successful people professionals.


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