Recognising your contribution to HR and L&D through higher education and research

Academic membership grades are for individuals engaged in teaching, lecturing and research in the field of HR or L&D. It illustrates expertise in the development and progression of ‘thinking and knowledge’ of the HR and L&D profession and your ability to make an impact in the world of work.


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Academic membership grades

There are three grades of Academic membership. Each carries a professional designation to recognise their significance.

How to apply for Academic membership

To be eligible for Academic Membership of the CIPD you need to be an individual working in the field of teaching or research in HRM or an HRM related area. To be awarded an Academic member grade, you will be formally assessed via an online Microsoft Teams Peer Review discussion with one of our academic assessors who are experienced academics. In addition, we’ll also gain workplace feedback from people you work with, including your line manager, about your work and the impact this has had in your Institution and the HR profession.

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Ensure your expertise is professionally recognised and trusted in today’s rapidly changing workplace. We’re always ready to welcome you back into membership.

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Membership terms and conditions

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Membership Fees

Ensure your career in HR or learning and development is as rewarding as it can be with the CIPD. Take a look at our current membership fees.

Membership standards

Use the membership standards to identify if a membership grade is right for you.

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