Activate your career in the people profession

Foundation Membership starts to build your credibility. It shows you’re serious about your development and that you have a strong base of knowledge to build on. Once you’ve successfully completed your CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice you become a Foundation Member and can use the designation 'Foundation CIPD'.

Working at Foundation grade means you have a direct impact on daily operations. You’re using your knowledge to perform an effective tactical role that supports others in your organisation including your manager, colleagues and customers.

This grade could be for you if:

  • you've completed the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice
  • you’re beginning to build your experience in people practice, or looking for your first role in the people profession
  • you’re carrying out varied tactical and administrative work for your immediate colleagues and customers
  • you’re applying your knowledge of people practices to your work
  • you’re performing day-to-day tasks, such as answering queries, booking people onto training, or gathering information to support people programmes

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.

Foundation Member fees

The Foundation Member fee will be announced on 1 July 2021.

Fees for our route to becoming a Foundation Member:

Study a qualification Fee
Qualification fee Set by individual study centres
12-month Student Member fee* £98
Joining fee £40
Total Qualification fee and £138

Once you finish your qualification, you’ll start paying the Foundation Member fee at your next renewal on 1 July.

*Dependent on when you join in the year, we offer different membership fee options.

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