Unlock your career potential

Just starting out, changing careers or wanting to learn more about the people profession? Combining CIPD membership with a CIPD qualification will speak volumes for your commitment towards good practice. It will enable you to really stand out whilst boosting your career prospects.

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It has been a big shift from not seeing a need for the CIPD, to thinking, how would I have got here without them?

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I feel supported by the CIPD. If I have any HR-related issues I know where to turn to... and it keeps me up to date.

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Sonam Taneja

It was totally worth the financial investment, the industry professionals have really added so much perspective to all of those subjects we have been studying.

Sonam Taneja

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Student membership is for those who:

  • are currently studying or are about to study a CIPD accredited qualification in HR or L&D
  • need immediate access to CIPD resources and support for your studies
  • want to progress to professional membership at the end of your studies.

Student membership benefits

Your CIPD membership is here to support and advance your studies at every stage. Explore our member benefits below:

Knowledge hub

Knowledge hub

Career hub

Career hub

Student hub

Discounts and rewards

Discounts and rewards

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Become a student member today

Join 30,000 other students around the world who have already chosen Student membership with the CIPD to enhance their career.

Please note if you're already enrolled on a CIPD accredited qualification, be sure to register with the same email address you used to enrol.

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Fees (pre-qualification)

Enjoy our lowest membership rate and join the CIPD before you complete your qualification. You must enrol on your qualification within 9 months of becoming a student member. Join Student membership online today.

Membership fees for up to 12 months (from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020)

Joining fee: £40

Membership fee*: £98

Total: £138

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

Late registration fee (post-qualification)

If you decide to join us once you've completed your qualification you'll be asked to pay the late registration fee as well as the full admission fee and relevant subscription.

Foundation / Certificate: Additional £100 late registration fee 

Intermediate / Undergraduates: Additional £100 late registration fee

Advanced / PDS candidates: Additional £200 late registration fee


You need to renew your membership on 1 July 2019 and then annually on 1 July. 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.

Eurozone Direct Debit

If you're a CIPD member based in the SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area), you can set up a SEPA Direct Debit. Please complete our student application form and our SEPA Direct Debit instruction form.

Fees are presented in Sterling, and card payments will be charged the exchange rate of your financial services provider. Direct debit payment amounts are based on our current exchange rate €1.15 = £1 (rate is reviewed quarterly).

CIPD qualifications in HR and Learning and Development are available at three levels:

  • Level 3 Foundation - equivalent to A-level standard
  • Level 5 Intermediate - equivalent to Degree standard
  • Level 7 Advanced - postgraduate level.

At each level you can follow an HR or L&D pathway or a combination of both.

When you successfully complete a Certificate or Diploma, at any level, you’ll become an Associate member, meaning you can use the designatory letters Assoc CIPD after your name. If you complete the Level 7 Advanced Diploma, you can apply to upgrade to Chartered Member or Fellow if you have the relevant experience.

Learn about CIPD accredited professional qualifications.

Your Student membership will automatically progress to Associate status upon successful completion of a CIPD Certificate or Diploma qualification.

If you hold a CIPD accredited Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM) or Human Resource Development (HRD), you may apply to upgrade to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow if you can demonstrate at least three years’ current experience at this level.

Already a member? See if you’re eligible to upgrade.

Student hub

Find out all you need to know about being a CIPD student as well as access to a wide range of resources

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