The levels and CIPD membership
Anyone can use the levels to understand where they are in their career journey, and use the knowledge and behaviour standards to have the right impact at that level. The levels align to a corresponding CIPD membership grade.
CIPD membership is a badge of your professionalism: it showcases the level of impact you have reached within the profession and demonstrates your ongoing commitment to the highest professional standards.
Student Members do not align to any one specific level; it depends on the work you do, and the impact you have. Use the level descriptions above to determine which level you're at.
If you're an Affiliate Member working in the people profession, use the level descriptions above to determine which level you’re at.
The levels and your CPD
As a people professional, whichever impact level you’re at, you can develop and demonstrate some of the core knowledge and behaviour standards through volunteering on one of our programmes.
We’ve developed new tools to help you assess yourself against the Profession Map and support your continuing professional development (CPD). All available on the CIPD Learning Hub, which is free for CIPD members, you can:
• discover development recommendation with our Self-assessment tool
• create a personalised development journey with My Learning Plan
• track and reflect on your learning with My CPD Reflections
The hub is our online learning platform where you can find courses and resources to support your career development. All courses are aligned to the Profession Map and are 100% evidence-based, discover available CIPD Learning courses here.
See more guides on how to use the Profession Map.