HR leaders - Chartered Fellow

HR and L&D leaders

10 August 2015

Why become a Chartered Fellow

Shape the future of the profession
Chartered Fellow is the CIPD’s highest level of professional membership. A Chartered Fellow is a role model for the profession and part of a select group of senior HR and L&D professionals and business leaders that lead and drive innovative people practices to help deliver the organisation’s strategy.
A Chartered Fellow demonstrates a commitment to promoting and sharing the highest standards. They’re committed to developing others as well as themselves and are compliant with an ethical Code of Professional Conduct.
CIPD Chartered Fellow:
  • is recognised internationally as an expert
  • offers you a platform to affect change and engage in the big debates
  • contributes to key CIPD research and helps shape the policy agenda
  • can share their knowledge and experiences by speaking at CIPD events
  • entitles you to use of the letters Chartered FCIPD after your name.
Thought-leadership in the real-world
  • Receive Work. – the popular strategic journal for Chartered Fellows, every quarter.
Leading-edge research
Exclusive access to the latest thinking in HR, L&D and business through the CIPD's thought-leadership and leading-edge research (e.g. behavioural science, trustworthy leadership and HR metrics).
Exclusive senior networking
We know how important it is for you to be able to network with like-minded senior professionals in a timely and confidential way. As part of our commitment to you to ensure that your membership as a Chartered Fellow meets your strategic needs, you can:
  • Take part in senior events organised by our regional team – many will be Chartered Fellow only
  • Connect online through CIPD's Professional Communities and social media channels.
Share your knowledge and experience
Give back to the profession and share your knowledge and experience by volunteering through your local office or speaking at CIPD events.
Keeping you informed
Access to the latest HR and L&D resources to help you lead and drive innovative people practices:
  • Monthly subscription to 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
  • In a nutshell - monthly e-newsletter
  • Podcasts, tools, and guides.
Career management support
Exclusive access to development tools to keep you at the top of your game and to help you promote the highest standards within your team:
  • 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.
There are three options available to you if you want to become a Chartered Fellow.
1) Have your experience accredited via our direct route, Experience Assessment
Experience Assessment is a straightforward way to get recognition for your existing HR and L&D achievements. If you meet the criteria for Chartered Fellow and can demonstrate this by providing work-based evidence from the last three years, then this could be the best route for you.
2) Study a CIPD Advanced-level Diploma
CIPD qualifications are internationally recognised and successful completion of an Advanced-level Diploma could lead to Chartered Fellow, providing you have the relevant experience. Once you’ve completed your qualification you’ll need to apply to become a Chartered Fellow via our upgrading process.
3) Upgrading your level of membership
If you are currently a Chartered Member and want to upgrade to Chartered Fellow, check out our information on upgrading your membership or call us on +44 (0)20 8612 6208
Previous member?
If you've previously been a member of the CIPD, you can rejoin at the grade you previously held. To rejoin, call us on +44 (0)20 8612 6208.

Experience Assessment route

If you choose to become a Chartered Fellow via Experience Assessment then your fees will be as follows.

Assessment fee
Duration of membership
Joining fee
Membership fee
Membership renewal     
Up to 12 months
£2,622 (click to convert currency)*1 July 2018

Qualification route 

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)*
30 June 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


Once you have passed the relevant Level 7 qualification and have sufficient work experience, you can then upgrade to Chartered Fellow (Chartered FCIPD). You will need to pay a one-off upgrading assessment fee:
  • Online assessment: £95
  • Telephone assessment: £250
* The currency conversion listed is for guidance only. All fees need to be paid in GBP.

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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