Information for employers

How does the new Profession Map impact on organisation’s relationships with the CIPD – do you need to change anything or relook at anything?

Your organisational relationship with the CIPD won’t change, and any work you have undertaken in partnership with us still has currency. What the new Profession Map enables us to do is take a step back and look at the skills/behaviours organisations like yours will need to have in place over the next 3-5 years to meet the ever-changing demands of the 21st century workplace, something we would be delighted to discuss.

See more FAQs below.

The Employer Solutions team would be delighted to come and discuss the changes and the implications for your function/teams. Please contact your account manager or alternatively, please visit the website to find out more about the new Profession Map and use the resources available.

All the good work you’ve done still stands – it’s great development and CPD for your team.

Moving forward, you may want to consider your team’s capability against the new Profession Map, which defines the knowledge, behaviours and inherent values underpinning today’s people profession. It is the most effective way yet for people professionals globally to make sound decisions and embrace change in the modern world of work.

We have mapped the 2013 Profession Map to the new Profession Map, so we can work with you to help you understand the gaps you may want to focus on.

Please contact your account manager to discuss in more detail or email clientdevelopmentenquiry@cipd.co.uk

Please contact your account manager or alternatively, if you don't currently have a CIPD account manager, please email clientdevelopmentenquiry@cipd.co.uk

In the meantime, please visit the website to find out more about the new Profession Map and use the resources available.

For the time being, the 2013 Profession Map will remain the foundation of all CIPD qualifications and CPD tools.

Since November 2018, the new Profession Map has replaced all previous versions as the international benchmark for excellent people practice. However, the 2013 Profession Map will remain a robust, relevant and useful point of reference, which is why it will continue to play an important role for the next couple of years.

The CIPD remains your career partner, committed to supporting you with the resources and information to succeed. To complement your training, the new Profession Map will help you develop your understanding in emerging areas as part of your CPD.

As of 30 September 2019, Experience Assessment is based on the new Profession Map. This means that you’ll be assessed against standards from the new Profession Map, and you can find more details about these on our membership pages.

(There may be some exceptions where some organisations are still using the 2013 Profession Map for Experience Assessment after 30 September. If this applies to you, then we’ll tell you this before starting your assessment. But if you're not sure, please speak to the person leading Experience Assessment from your organisation, or call our Customer Services team who will be able to help you.)

If you've had a Pre-Assessment Discussion with the CIPD and have been approved to go through Experience Assessment, then our assessors believe that you're working at the level needed to be successful in gaining professional accreditation. It doesn’t matter if you had a Pre-Assessment Discussion before 30 September but are starting the assessment after 30 September; we took this into account when we did your Pre-Assessment Discussion. You'll be sent the necessary information and guidelines on how to prepare for your assessment ahead of starting.

For the time being, the 2013 Profession Map will remain the foundation of all CIPD qualifications and CPD tools, whilst membership standards are now aligned to the new Profession Map.

Since November 2018, the new Profession Map has replaced all previous versions as the international benchmark for excellent people practice. However, the 2013 Profession Map will remain a robust, relevant and useful point of reference, which is why it will continue to play an important role for the next couple of years.

If you're currently studying with us...

Everything you’re learning is up to date and fit for purpose. Keep using the 2013 Profession Map as a reference point for your studies, alongside our newly-added website resources focusing on emerging areas of interest.


If you're thinking about studying with us...

There's nothing stopping you. Any CIPD qualification you achieve will both enhance and prove your capabilities as a people professional. Don't wait to take your next step with us.


If you have a CIPD qualification...

You still hold one of the most respected and valued qualifications in your field. While the new Profession Map will influence the content of our future learning programmes, every existing qualification still carries the CIPD stamp of approval.

The CIPD remains your career partner, committed to supporting you with the resources and information to succeed. The new Profession Map will help you develop your understanding in emerging areas as part of your CPD.

We recognise that the people profession is made up of a whole range of generalists and specialists, all of whom make a valuable contribution to their peers, organisations and the profession as a whole. The new Profession Map has been designed to be used effectively by both generalists and specialists. There are core knowledge areas and behaviours that all people professionals should understand and use – and this is what generalists should focus on.

For specialists, in addition to the core there are also nine specialisms which call out the knowledge needed to be an expert in these areas.  Generalists can also use these if they want to deepen their expertise in a particular area. You can see the full list of specialisms by visiting the website.

No – the new Profession Map is focused on the individual. The new Map moves away from there being one answer, or one right way of doing things to guiding good decisions based on context. There is guidance available on the website for how these might be applied to teams and functions.

The self-assessment tool associated with the 2013 Profession Map – My CPD Map – will be phased out as we launch new tools to support your development. There is exclusive member-only learning content based on the new Profession Map, 'how to' guides, support and resources available on the website to help you use the new Profession Map.

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