Information for members about CIPD membership

As a member, will the new Profession Map change the names and levels of memberships? Will my designation be different or have a different meaning?

Rest assured your membership continues uninterrupted and unimpeded. If you’re a Chartered Member or Fellow, you retain Chartered status.

See more FAQs below.

If you're involved in the people profession, you have a stake in the new Profession Map.

Practitioners (whether CIPD members or not) can use it to navigate change, benchmark capabilities and maximise impact, from an individual or organisational perspective.

Meanwhile, employers, educators, line managers, business leaders, policymakers and others will find the new Profession Map a valuable tool to gain insight into the changing world of work.

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. Use it straight away to guide your work, career planning and development.

The new Profession Map now underpins membership grades and standards, which has helped to:

  • simplify the link between professional standards and membership
  • provide a clearer lens on what great practice looks like
  • make it easier to plot your path to the next level (if this is your goal).

As the only professional body for the people profession with the authority to confer Chartered status, it’s our responsibility to lead the way in setting the benchmark for excellence across different career stages, specialisms and geographies.

As the professional body for people professionals, we believe in the power of good people practice.

People professionals, armed with the right knowledge, behaviours, values and purpose, can do amazing things, and have a real impact on workers, organisations and wider society. We need to enable them to continue making that impact into the future, and support them as a career partner along the way.

The new Profession Map will help you develop your understanding in emerging areas as part of your CPD. Use it straight away to guide your work, career planning and development.

When you visit the website, you’ll find some useful guides to get you started, exclusive member-only learning content based on the new Profession Map, FAQs, as well as links to further information, resources and support.

If you join the CIPD or upgrade your membership, you will be assessed against the new Profession Map membership standards.

The new Profession Map is an essential, valuable, internationally recognised resource for all people professionals, whether they are a member of the CIPD or not. It can be used to navigate change, benchmark capabilities and maximise impact.

By defining 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.

The new Profession Map brings valuable benefits for members at all levels.

The new Profession Map now underpins membership grades and standards, which:

  • simplifies the link between professional standards and membership
  • provides a clearer lens on what great practice looks like
  • makes it easier to plot your path to the next level (if this is your goal).

In addition, as a member, you have exclusive access to learning content based on the new Profession Map which will help you to apply and embed the Map in your day-to-role.

Membership standards are now aligned to the new Profession Map.

The assessment process will be just as rigorous as it is now. We are not raising or lowering the bar on membership – but we have made changes to make it more accessible and straightforward to evidence.

CIPD professional membership raises your profile and credibility with professional recognition. It demonstrates to employers, clients and peers that you meet the rigorous requirements and professional standards for good practice in the people profession.

Becoming a professional member of the CIPD enhances your career prospects and shows your commitment to high standards and ethical compliance.

Those who already have professional membership with us will keep their level of membership. As part of their commitment to CPD, we expect members to look at the new Profession Map and consider any areas for development.

The new Profession Map does have many new areas of knowledge as well as a different set of behaviours, so it’s likely that there will be some CPD gaps for most members. There are, however, development recommendations on the web pages for the knowledge areas and behaviours which members can also refer to.

In addition you’ll find exclusive member-only learning content based on the new Profession Map, a 'how-to' guide on your professional development, FAQs, and links to further information, resources and support.

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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