Be a role model for the profession
Chartered Fellow status recognises a select group of senior HR and L&D professionals who deliver sustained long-term business performance by leading and developing people strategy. As a Chartered Fellow you will be committed to promoting and sharing the highest standards, developing others and improving yourself.
Chartered Fellowship offers you an exciting platform to affect change and engage in the big debates with business and government policy.
You'll be able to deepen your engagement with the CIPD and the profession through:
- shaping the policy agenda
- voting on key CIPD matters
- contributing to key CIPD research
- using the professional designation and letters Chartered FCIPD after your name.
What we’re looking for
To achieve Chartered Fellow status, you’ll need to demonstrate at least three years’ current experience working consistently at a senior level. The scope of your role will be strategic in nature, with an impact across many functions; you’ll rarely work operationally.
- Shaping, strategising and delivering organisational performance.
- Partnering with the Board or Executive team to interpret business strategy.
- Combining business insights and professional knowledge to create and deliver long-term HR or L&D strategy.
- Evaluating the impact of people strategy through people KPIs and business metrics.
- Working in a complex, ambiguous, changing environment.
Timescales: You’ll be owning and shaping strategy for the future, planning for 3-5 years ahead, aligning in-year operating plans with the long-term people strategy.
- Commercially savvy, with an excellent understanding of the organisation’s commercial drivers and how to leverage best value HR.
- A role model for Continuing Professional Development (CPD), creating a culture of learning across the organisation, and up to date with emerging people and business trends.
- Shaping the profession through debate, networking and thought leadership.
- Complying with our Code of Professional Conduct.
What sort of job roles are at Chartered Fellow level?
What sort of roles are at Chartered Fellow level?
Whether you’re employed or working on a consultancy basis, Chartered Fellows usually work at senior management or director level. In larger organisations you’ll typically be a Director or Head of specialist area, working through teams to deliver the people strategy. In smaller organisations – or if you are delivering services as a consultant – you’ll demonstrate a sustainable impact at a strategic level.
Examples of roles may include:
- Group HR Director
- L&D Director
- Head of Reward
- Head of Talent
- Head of L&D
- HR Director
Which qualifications can lead to Chartered Fellow membership?
Study a master’s-level qualification and on successful completion of your studies you'll be awarded Associate membership status. You can then apply to upgrade your membership to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow, provided you can demonstrate you have a minimum of three years’ experience working consistently at this level.
Advanced (Level 7) qualifications - equivalent to Master's-level
- Advanced Level 7 Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM)
- Advanced Level 7 Diploma in Human Resource Development (HRD)
Find a course or learn more about CIPD-accredited professional qualifications.
Chartered Fellow membership fees
You will need to renew your membership on the 1 July 2019 (6 months membership) or 1 July 2020 (18 month membership) and 1st July each year after that. Don't worry, 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.
Membership fees for up to 18 months (from 1 Jan 2019 to 30 June 2020)
Joining fee: £40
Membership fee: £315
Membership fees for up to 6 months (from 1 Jan 2019 to 30 June 2019)
Joining fee: £40
Membership fee: £105
Cost of membership routes
Total fees for Experience Assessment = EA fee (£2,375) + joining fee (£40) + 18 month Associate fees (£315) / 6 month Associate fees (£105)
Total fees for Qualification = Qualification fee + 18 month Associate fee (£315) / 6 month Associate fees (£105)
Total fees for rejoining membership = joining fee (£40) + 18 month Associate fee (£315) / 6 month Associate fees (£105)
*From 1–30 April the re-join joining fee is waived, previous CIPD members can re-join paying only the membership fee above.
Members must hold current CIPD membership to be eligible for upgrading to Chartered Fellow. The fee to upgrade to Chartered Fellow by phone or face-to-face assessment is £250. If your application is successful, when you next renew your membership (annually on 1 July) you will be invoiced at the Chartered Fellow rate, current at the time the invoice is issued.
Choose your route into Chartered Fellowship
If you think you meet all of the above requirements, book your pre-assessment discussion today
Be awarded Associate status at the end of your studies. If you have the right experience, you can upgrade to Chartered Fellowship
If you think you're eligible, upgrade your current membership to Chartered Fellow
What's in it for you?
Becoming a member means immediate access to a range of benefits. Look at some of our most popular benefits below, or go to our member benefits page to see the full range.
- Research, surveys and policy reports
- 100s of online business, HR and L&D journals supplied by EBSCO
- Time-saving email updates, including In a Nutshell and a weekly HR news bulletin
- Practical podcasts, topic summaries, factsheets and guides, and more.
Connect, learn and be inspired
- Online Community forum - Socialise, discuss and learn from an interested and supportive community of professionals.
- Join CIPD networks.
- Find inspiration at CIPD conferences and events.
- CIPD Profession Map - assess your capability and access recommendations on what you need to know and do at every stage of your career.
- My CPD Map - an online assessment tool to identify your strengths and areas for development
- CIPD Career hub - an online gateway to information, tools and advice to help build key employability skills and enable you to make the most of career opportunities