About Chartered Fellow (Chartered FCIPD)

Why become a Chartered Fellow?

Shape the future of the profession

Chartered Fellow is the CIPD’s highest level of professional membership. A Chartered Fellow is a role model for the profession and part of a select group of senior HR and L&D professionals and business leaders that lead and drive innovative people practices to help deliver the organisation’s strategy.

A Chartered Fellow demonstrates a commitment to promoting and sharing the highest standards. They’re committed to developing others as well as themselves and are compliant with an ethical Code of Professional Conduct.

CIPD Chartered Fellow

  • is recognised internationally as an expert
  • offers you a platform to affect change and engage in the big debates
  • contributes to key CIPD research and helps shape the policy agenda
  • can share their knowledge and experiences by speaking at CIPD events
  • entitles you to use of the letters Chartered FCIPD after your name.

Profile of a Chartered Fellow

Chartered Fellows lead the development of HR or L&D strategy to drive sustained business performance in the long term. They usually work to timeframes of 3+ years.

  • Skills and knowledge focus
    Combining strategic business and professional knowledge and experience. Drawing business insights from understanding functional and business realities and stakeholder needs
  • Relationship with clients
    Partners with and shapes thinking of senior business leaders. Influences through adopting a visible position.
  • Impacts and measures
    Impacts within functions, across the organisation and externally and is measured against strategic business objectives.

Requirements for Chartered Fellow

The requirements for Chartered Fellow are underpinned by CIPD’s Profession Map. The core of the Map – Insights, strategy and solutions and Leading HR – must be demonstrated by all professional members.

Chartered Fellows are expected to understand how to leverage different areas of HR to shape, strategise and deliver organisational performance in a complex and ambiguous environment. To be awarded Chartered Fellowship, you need to demonstrate consistent, sustained performance at this level, and work to strategic timeframes of 3+ years. You will have evidence across a wide range of examples to demonstrate your experience against band 3 of CIPD’s Profession Map.

Chartered Fellow benefits

Thought-leadership in the real-world
Receive Work. the popular strategic journal for Chartered Fellows, every quarter.

Leading-edge research
Exclusive access to the latest thinking in HR, L&D and business through the CIPD's thought-leadership and leading-edge research (e.g. behavioural science, trustworthy leadership and HR metrics).

Exclusive senior networking
We know how important it is for you to be able to network with like-minded senior professionals in a timely and confidential way. As part of our commitment to you to ensure that your membership as a Chartered Fellow meets your strategic needs, you can:

  • take part in senior networking events
  • connect online through CIPD's Professional Communities and social media channels.

Share your knowledge and experience
Give back to the profession and share your knowledge and experience by volunteering through your local branch or speaking at CIPD events.

Keeping you informed
Access the latest HR and L&D resources to help you lead and drive innovative people practices:

How to become a Chartered Fellow

There are three options available to you if you want to become a Chartered Fellow.

1) Have your experience accredited via our direct route, Experience Assessment

Experience Assessment is a straightforward way to get recognition for your existing HR and L&D achievements. If you meet the criteria for Chartered Fellow and can demonstrate this by providing work-based evidence from the last three years, then this could be the best route for you.

Read more about Experience Assessment

2) Study a CIPD Advanced-level Diploma

CIPD qualifications are internationally recognised and successful completion of an Advanced-level Diploma could lead to Chartered Fellow, providing you have the relevant experience. Once you’ve completed your qualification you’ll need to apply to become a Chartered Fellow via our upgrading process.

Read more about CIPD qualifications

3) Upgrading your level of membership

If you are currently a Chartered Member and want to upgrade to Chartered Fellow, check out our information on upgrading your membership or call us on +44 (0)20 8612 6208.

Read more about upgrading your membership

Previous member?

If you've previously been a member of the CIPD, you can rejoin at the grade you previously held. To rejoin, call us on +44 (0)20 8612 6208.

Chartered Fellow events

Exclusively for Chartered Fellows

CIPD Chartered Fellow events provide an opportunity to network and meet other Fellows and hear from CIPD and industry experts. Providing a unique opportunity for you to connect with peers in an honest and interactive environment.

Check here for the latest events

Watch the video of one of our events for Chartered Fellows, The Future of Work with Dave Coplin

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