Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

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Chartered Institute
Founded 1913
Headquarters Wimbledon, London, England
Key people
Peter Cheese, Chief Executive

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is a professional association for human resource management professionals. It is headquartered in Wimbledon, London, England. The organisation was founded in 1913 and has over 130,000 members internationally working across private, public and voluntary sectors.

Peter Cheese was announced in June 2012 as CIPD's new CEO and commenced work on 2 July 2012.[1][2]

Previous names and history[edit]

  • 1913 to 1917: Welfare Workers' Association (WWA)
  • 1917 to 1924: Central Association of Welfare Workers (CAWW), Central Association of Welfare Workers (Industrial), Welfare Workers' Institute (WWI)
  • 1924 to 1931: Institute of Industrial Welfare Workers (IIWW)
  • 1931 to 1946: Institute of Labour Management (ILM)
  • 1946 to 1994: Institute of Personnel Management (IPM)
  • 1994 to 2000: Institute of Personnel and Development (IPD)- an amalgamation of the IPM and Institute of Training and Development (ITD) - (formerly Institute of Training Officers)
  • 2000 to present: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Chartered status was achieved in 2000 and the IPD was incorporated under Royal Charter to the CIPD from 1 July of that year [3]

CIPD membership[edit]

Levels of CIPD membership[edit]

Non Chartered Grades (until June 2010)

  • Affiliate: a basic level of membership, not assessed against professional standards.
  • Associate: awarded on completion of a support level certificate or relevant NVQ Level 3 and 4.
  • Licentiate: awarded on completion of at least one of the first three fields of the Practitioner-level professional standards, and also on completion of relevant MBAs and NVQs (Level 5).
  • Graduate: awarded on completion of all fields of the Practitioner-level professional standards, but where no significant HR experience is held.

Non Chartered Grades (after June 2010)

  • Affiliate: a basic level of membership, not assessed against professional standards.
  • Graduate:awarded on completion of all fields of the Practitioner-level professional standards, but where no significant HR experience is held. Available until 2014 when it will be phased out
  • Associate (Assoc CIPD) This is a new Associate grade which should not be confused with the previous Associate grade. Able to use post nominal letters.[4][5][6][7][8]

Chartered grades of membership[edit]

  • Chartered Member (Chartered MCIPD)

Awarded on request to graduate members who have three years' relevant managerial experience. Or a non-graduate member assessed against the professional standards after five years' relevant experience.

  • Chartered Fellow (Chartered FCIPD)

An upgrade from Chartered MCIPD, applicants must have at least 10 years relevant experience.

  • Chartered Companion (Chartered CCIPD)

By invitation only, awarded in recognition of contributions to the profession or the Institute.

Professional qualifications[edit]

The CIPD's Professional Standards govern entry to CIPD membership and form the basis of all their qualifications. Most CIPD qualifications lead to a professional grade of membership. A network of education centres offers a range of full-time, part-time and flexible learning courses. The CIPD Professional Development Scheme (PDS) is seen as the leading qualification in the field of Human Resource Management[9][10][11] in the UK and is held by many UK and international HR directors.[12][13]

Level 3 Foundation qualifications[edit]

This level is comparable to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) level 3 in England and comaparable to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) level 4. Level 3 Foundation qualifications replace and are equivalent to the previous Certificate in Personnel Practice (CPP) and Certificate in Training Practice (CPP).

  • Awards in HR and Learning and Development Essentials
  • Certificate in Human Resource Practiceis qualification that's based on the CIPD's support-level Professional Standards.
  • Certificate in Learning and Development Practice is a recognised Level three trainers qualification.
  • Diploma in Human Resource Practice
  • Diploma in Learning and Development Practice is a recognised Level three trainers qualification.

Level 5 Intermediate level qualifications[edit]

  • Award in Human Resources
  • Certificate in Human Resource Management
  • Certificate in Human Resource Development
  • Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • Diploma in Human Resource Development

Level 7 Advanced qualifications[edit]

These replace and are equivalent to the previous CIPD Professional Development Scheme (PDS)

  • Award in HR (Advanced level award in HR)
  • Certificate (Advanced level certificate in HR)
  • Diploma (Advanced level diploma in HR Management or HR Development)

Professional Development Scheme[edit]

The Professional Development Scheme is currently in a period of transition and is no longer available to new students. A Practitioner level course at a Level 7 or Postgraduate qualification that cover particular fields of study has been introduced. Each field with the exception of Applied Personnel and Development Standards requires completion of assignments and exams in four fields to be successfully awarded the Diploma in Personnel and Development and the award of Graduate membership. Successful completion of any one field leads to Licentiate membership and award of a Postgraduate Certificate.

Leadership and Management Field
Managing for Results
Managing in a Strategic Business Context
Managing Information for Competitive Advantage
Managing and Leading People
People Management and Development Field
Generalist and Specialist Human Resources Electives Field
People Resourcing Standards
Learning and Development Standards
Employee Reward Standards
Employee Relations Standards
Applied Personnel and Development Field
People Resourcing Standards Learning and Development Standards Employee Reward Standards Employee Relations Standards
People Resourcing Learning and Development Employee Reward Employee Relations
Managing Diversity and Equal Opportunities Management Development Pensions Employment Law
Selection and Assessment Managing Organisational Learning and Knowledge Performance Management Health and Safety
Career Management and Development Managing the Training and Development Function
Designing and Delivering Training

A typical Generalist stream offered by education providers would be the following modules People Resourcing, Learning & Development, Employee Relations and Employee Reward. The Learning and Development stream would be any four out of the five L&D elective modules whilst Employee Reward and Employee Relations need the addition of People Resourcing


The CIPD’s research covers all aspects of working life, from recruitment to employment law, and work-life balance to productivity. The CIPD's current research projects include: coaching,[14] cross-boundary working, employer branding, helping people learn, improving health through HRM, information and consultation, the relationship between HR and recruitment agencies, reward and smart working.

Public policy[edit]

The CIPD, in partnership with its members, has a duty to represent the public policy interests of the HR community. The CIPD uses its research and the professional experience of its members to develop pragmatic, rather than political responses to public policy. Some of the CIPD's policy advisors are well respected and frequently cited in the media,[15][16][17] notably John Philpott, the CIPD's chief economist.[18][19]

The CIPD releases a quarterly Labour Market Outlook survey [20] with KPMG, containing the latest unemployment figures and trends.


CIPD branches are run by volunteers who work to provide learning and networking opportunities, events, information services, and membership and upgrading help for their members. There are 48 geographical branches in the UK and Ireland.

International Activities[edit]

The CIPD runs a training programme for international HR practitioners and has links with European and World Federations of HR. The CIPD hosted the 2008 WFPMA World HR Congress.

Based in Dublin, CIPD Ireland has over 6,000 members spread across 7 regional branches.

Digital services[edit]

The CIPD website provides podcasts, an RSS news feed, blogs and a professional discussion forum.

Commercial services[edit]

CIPD Enterprises Limited is the wholly owned subsidiary of the CIPD. Commercial services supplied by CIPD Enterprises include:

  • CIPD Publishing
  • CIPD Training
  • CIPD Events.
  • People Management Jobs

Publications and events[edit]

  • Haymarket Publications publishes the HR journal People Management, on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
  • Annual Conference and Exhibition The CIPD now holds its Annual Conference and Exhibition in Manchester during November[21][22]

External links[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Personnel Today "CIPD Appoints Peter Cheese as new chief executive" 16 May 2012
  2. ^ [1] CIPD What's New
  3. ^ Annual report. (1994-1999) London: Institute of Personnel and Development [and] Annual Report. (2000-2004/5) London Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
  4. ^ CIPD Transforming Membership accessed:26.04.10
  5. ^ CIPD Transforming Membership - New membership criteria accessed:26.04.10
  6. ^ Personnel Today - Associate membership will boost HR recognition Accessed: 26.04.10
  7. ^ Personnel Today - CIPD membership changes raises concerns Accessed 26.04.10
  8. ^ Personnel Today - Extra effort required if you want full CIPD membership Accessed 26.04.10
  9. ^ "NHS Careers website" accessed 26.09.2009
  10. ^ Times Online "How do I become a HR Manager?"
  11. ^ Connexions website "Human Resources Officer/Manager" accessed 26.09.2009
  12. ^ "Anglia Ruskin University"
  13. ^ Guardian "Staff development at heart of NHS reforms - Government strategy recognises the growing importance of human resources in creating an environment for improving patient services"
  14. ^ FT Adviser "Coaching, mentoring is key to recession blues - CIPD" Accessed: September 10, 2009
  15. ^ Wales Online "Prepare for swine flu absences of up to 50%, employers warned"
  16. ^ Telegraph "CIPD calls for tax relief"
  17. ^ "BBC News Spirituality goes to work"
  18. ^ Telegraph, "Unemployment could reach 3.5m and remain high for a decade, CIPD warns"
  19. ^ BusinessWeek "More Layoffs Threaten U.K. Recovery" Accessed 26.09.2009
  20. ^ HR news, Private-sector jobs market stabilises but public-sector employment plummets
  21. ^ "HRM Guide" accessed 23.09.2009
  22. ^ "The Training Gateway" accessed 23.09.2009
  23. ^ "Training Journal" accessed 23.09.2009