Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

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TypeChartered Institute
HeadquartersWimbledon, London, England
Key peoplePeter Cheese, Chief Executive
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TypeChartered Institute
HeadquartersWimbledon, London, England
Key peoplePeter 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 has over 135,000 members across 120 countries, and achieved chartered status in 2000.

Peter Cheese was announced in June 2012 as CIPD's new CEO and commenced work on his Global HR aims on 2nd July 2012.


Previous names and history

Chartered status was achieved in 2000 and the CIPD came into existence from 1 July of that year [1]

CIPD membership

Levels of CIPD membership

Non Chartered Grades (until June 2010)

Non Chartered Grades (after June 2010)

Chartered grades of membership

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.

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

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

Professional qualifications

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[7][8][9] in the UK and is held by many UK and international HR directors.[10][11]


Professional Development Scheme

The Professional Development Scheme is a Practitioner level course at a Level 7 or Postgraduate qualification that cover particular fields of study, 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 StandardsLearning and Development StandardsEmployee Reward StandardsEmployee Relations Standards
People ResourcingLearning and DevelopmentEmployee RewardEmployee Relations
Managing Diversity and Equal OpportunitiesManagement DevelopmentPensionsEmployment Law
Selection and AssessmentManaging Organisational Learning and KnowledgePerformance ManagementHealth and Safety
Career Management and DevelopmentManaging 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,[12] 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

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,[13][14][15] notably John Philpott, the CIPD's chief economist.[16][17]

The CIPD releases a quarterly Labour Market Outlook survey [18] 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

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

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

Commercial services

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

Publications and events

External links

See also


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