Career starters - Students and Associate members

Career starters

11 August 2015
As your career partner, we’ll support, empower and inspire you during your studies and throughout your HR or L&D career. When joining the CIPD we have options to suit your professional needs. Read about Student and Associate membership below.
You can become a Student member if you are thinking of or are already studying a CIPD-approved qualification.
Student membership enables you to gain access to a wide variety of knowledge from journals to research reports as well as peer to peer networks and communities. This wider knowledge will support you with your studies and help you to understand real world approaches to HR and L&D topics. Through Student membership you are able to build networks, both face to face and online, with other students and HR practitioners across the globe. This will both support you with your studies but also help you develop the skills you need to become well rounded and get that first job. As well as showing your commitment to developing your career to employers, it's also a route through to professional membership
Once you have successfully completed your studies, you will be automatically upgraded to Associate member. This is the first level of professional CIPD membership and entitles you to use the letters Assoc CIPD after your name, demonstrating to employers, clients and peers that you've attained a recognised level of professional competence as an HR or L&D professional. It shows that you are committed to developing your expertise and are compliant with an ethical Code of Professional Conduct.
If you don't want to complete a CIPD qualification but are looking to accredit your HR and L&D expertise against our industry standards, Experience Assessment offers you a direct route into Associate membership. It's ideal for experienced HR professionals.
Membership of the CIPD sets you apart from other HR and L&D professionals. It demonstrates the knowledge, experience and relevance you bring to employers and clients.
Highly valued by employers, it shows your ability to create an impact in the workplace and gives you that competitive edge in the job market. As you develop your HR expertise, professional membership opens doors to new career opportunities and enhances your earning potential.
Membership gives you access to expert and trusted resources and networks which will help you build your knowledge and stay up to date with the fast-changing world of work.
Keeping you informed
  • CIPD research, surveys and policy reports
  • Complimentary subscription to the award-winning People Management and People Management Middle East magazines
  • Access to 100s of online Business, HR and Training journals, including The Economist and Harvard Business Review
  • Time-saving resources including In a Nutshell newsletter
  • Practical tools, guides, podcasts and more.
Career support
  • my CPD Map, your interactive online career assessment tool
  • CIPD Profession Map - setting the benchmark for what good HR looks like. It includes 10 professional areas, 8 behaviours and 4 bands/transitions for the HR and L&D profession.
Expand your network
  • Meet and learn from other HR and L&D professionals at events organised by our regional team
  • Connect online through CIPD's Professional Communities and social media channels.
Exclusive discounts
Save on CIPD training, publications and events with member-only discounts.


Enjoy our lowest membership rate and join the CIPD before you complete your qualification. You must enrol on your qualification within 9 months of becoming a student member.
Joining fee
Membership fee
Up to 12 months
£132 (click to convert currency)*
1 July 2018
In addition to your membership fees, you'll be required to pay your qualification fees. The fees paid to do a CIPD qualification are set by the study centre that you choose.

Post-qualification - late registration fee

If you decide to join us once you've completed your qualification you'll be asked to pay the late registration fee as well as the full admission fee and relevant subscription.
Foundation / Certificate: Additional £100 late registration fee
Intermediate / Undergraduates: Additional £100 late registration fee
Advanced / PDS candidates: Additional £200 late registration fee
* The currency conversion listed is for guidance only. All fees need to be paid in GBP.
The quickest and easiest way to join as a Student member is online. Alternatively, you can download our Student member application form and send it back to us.

If your membership has lapsed...
Phone: +44 (0)20 8612 6208 (Monday to Friday 9:00 – 17:30 GMT) to speak to our customer services team about rejoining.

11 August 2015
Call us on +44 (0)20 8612 6208 or email us if you'd like to discuss the best way for you to become a CIPD member.
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