Make your experience count

Experience Assessment is a rigorous, time-efficient and rewarding way for HR and L&D professionals, practitioners and consultants to become professional members of the CIPD.

Experience Assessment is a great choice if you:

  • have current HR or L&D experience appropriate to the level of membership you’re applying for
  • want recognition for your contributions to organisational success
  • seek a flexible route into professional membership that works around your lifestyle without having to study a full qualification.

Become a professional member in five steps

Experience Assessment is designed to fit into the lives of busy HR and L&D practitioners by utilising your existing experience in the field. In this video, we map out the five stages of the Experience Assessment route to professional membership of the CIPD.

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Alok Potluri

I personally believe that CIPD Experience Assessment is the most time effective and economical route to achieve a professional recognition and qualification in the market today.

Alok Potluri

HR Business Partner, Al-Futtaim Motors, Al-Futtaim Group

Deepti Ahluwalia

It is a fantastic route for assessing your knowledge and experience and benchmark it to world class standards. A must do for experienced professionals.

Deepti Ahluwalia

Head of Consumer Banking Academy, FGB

I am now confident that I have a globally recognised qualification, which puts me in good stead for any future career development opportunities and is a hallmark of quality for provisional employers.

Matt Nickels

Area Human Resources Manager, Sika Services, Middle East

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Reward your achievements with professional recognition

Experience Assessment allows you to reflect on your career, skills and knowledge to date, and highlights your areas for development to meet your long-term career aspirations. Within as little as four months you could:

  • be awarded a level of professional membership with exclusive member benefits
  • use designatory letters after your name (Assoc CIPD, Chartered MCIPD or Chartered FCIPD)
  • benchmark your HR or L&D experience against the industry standard
  • learn how you can be even better at what you do, whatever your level
  • demonstrate your commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and our Code of Professional Conduct.

The first step is to book your FREE pre-assessment discussion by calling +44 (0)20 8612 6208 (GMT)

The five stages of Experience Assessment

Experience Assessment is both challenging and rewarding, and is designed to fit around your full-time work commitments. At its core is a five-step process:

The pre-assessment discussion is a FREE, 30-45 minute discussion by telephone with an experienced assessor. It helps determine your eligibility for Experience Assessment, and whether it's the right route into professional membership for you.

Before you book your pre-assessment discussion though, make sure you check your eligibility against our requirements for the level of membership you wish to apply for:

Book your pre-assessment discussion today. Call us on: +44 (0)20 8612 6208(GMT).

After your pre-assessment discussion you’ll need to register and pay for the full Experience Assessment process, including your CIPD membership. While you’re completing the process, your CIPD membership will give you access to a range of materials, online research and communities that'll help and support you throughout your online assessment.

You should expect to invest around 10-15 days of your time over an eight-week period to do the following part of the online assessment:

  • Impact report: Demonstrate how you’ve contributed to your organisation’s success.
  • Self assessment: Demonstrate how you meet the behaviours required of an effective HR or L&D professional.
  • Case study: Provide a business report for a fictional organisation.
  • Workplace feedback: provide feedback from people you work with, including your line manager (or client, if you’re a consultant).

The timescales above are estimates and should be used as guidelines only. We strongly advise you to plan ahead, and give yourself enough time to think and prepare your examples.

Approximately 3-4 weeks after you complete your online assessment you’ll have your Professional Discussion - a half-day interview via WebEx with an experienced CIPD assessor. Your assessor will explore your evidence in more detail - discussing your submission, exploring the examples you’ve used, and talking through your case study in more detail. 

About a month later you’ll receive your results, as well as a tailored feedback report highlighting your strengths and areas for potential further development.

You'll learn the outcome of your assessment within six weeks and will receive a tailored report to support your continuing professional development. If you're successful, you'll be awarded professional membership of the CIPD with designatory letters after your name:

  • Associate member (Assoc CIPD)
  • Chartered Member (Chartered MCIPD)
  • Chartered Fellow (Chartered FCIPD).

We’ll also send you your new professional member card and certificate. If you're reading this and have successfully completed your Experience Assessment already, then congratulations! You’re now a professional member of the CIPD.

Experience Assessment is a one-off investment in your career and personal development and is a way into all the benefits that professional membership brings. The cost depends on the level of membership you’re applying for.

To go through Experience Assessment you will need to pay the following:

  • One-off joining fee
  • Subscription for the year (relevant to the level of membership you're applying for)
  • Experience Assessment fee (relevant to the level of membership you're applying for)

See our membership fees.

Note: All fees are payable in advance and non-refundable.

Membership type Assessment fee Joining fee Membership fee (up to 12 months) Total
Associate Member £1,996 £40 £163 £2,199
Chartered Member £2,045 £40 £190 £2,275
Chartered Fellow £2,375 £40 £216 £2,631

We'll send you renewal information well before the due date to remind you how much is due. Annual payment will be collected until you advise us otherwise.

Discuss your eligibility or application today

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Experience Assessment for organisations

Experience Assessment for organisations allows you to benchmark your HR and L&D teams against our CIPD Profession Map, which reflects the industry standard and reward their achievements with professional membership. Experience Assessment will enable your organisation to:

  • create targeted development plans across your HR and L&D functions
  • provide a highly rewarding development experience for your employees
  • professionalise your HR and L&D function through affiliation with the CIPD.

Experience Assessment for organisations can easily be incorporated into broader development initiatives and we’ll work with you to tailor our approach to meet your team’s specific needs.

See how else the CIPD can work with you to improve your organisation's performance by strengthening your HR capability.

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