Become a member


The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. In becoming a CIPD member, you join over 5,000 CIPD members in Ireland and an international community of more than 140,000 human resource and learning & development professionals.

CIPD members join during their studies or as part of their working lives. Members benefit from having a national and international community and voice, and standards which represent the international benchmark for excellence in people and organisation management and development. The CIPD supports the education, accreditation and continuing professional development of members, and provides opportunities to gain insight, attend events, share learning, network and contribute to the future of the profession.

Our engagement with members in Ireland is strengthened by a range of thought leadership conferences and workshops as well as HR research and awards recognition programme. Members can engage with a range of interesting activities at regional level.

Wherever you are in your career, the CIPD and its members will support and inspire you to achieve your full potential. Some of our qualifications cover the knowledge required to work towards CIPD professional membership - Associate Member, Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow. Find out how to join CIPD Ireland, which qualification is right for you, and how we can help with your professional development.

Level of qualification

CIPD accredited programmes are split into three levels: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced.


Level 5 Foundation qualifications are perfect if you want to acquire a wide range of relevant practical skills in HR and development.


Set at undergraduate level, our Intermediate Level 7 qualifications will help to develop your ability to evaluate the effectiveness of different Human Resources (HR) or Learning and Development (L&D) models and practices and increase the understanding of the external factors that impact upon HR activities and organisations, whilst also developing planning, analytical and problem solving skills.


Set at Postgraduate level, our Level 9 Advanced qualifications are the most widely recognised professional qualifications in the field of Human Resources (HR) and the highest level of qualifications we offer. They will give you a breadth of knowledge alongside the opportunity to specialise in your chosen area of expertise.

Find out more about CIPD qualifications

Where to study

Study in Ireland

The following centres run CIPD accredited programmes in Ireland. The table gives you the name of the centre followed by which qualifications they offer.

Athlone Institute of Technology

Beacon HRM Group

Cork Institute of Technology

Dorset College

Dublin City University Business

Dublin Institute of Technology

ESB Group Human Resources

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Institute of Public Administration

Institute of Technology Carlow

Institute of Technology Tallaght

National College of Ireland (Dublin)
National University of Ireland Galway

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business

University College Cork

University of Limerick
Waterford Institute of Technology


Use our Qualification Finder to find out more

Study online

You can also achieve your CIPD qualification online. The CIPD has exclusively partnered with AVADO to create award-winning online distance learning programmes in HR and L&D.

Find out more about our online programmes

Student resources

Once you have enrolled for your course, use our student resources to get the most out of your studying.

Browse our student resources

If you're studying a CIPD Certificate or Diploma qualification, you're required to join the CIPD as a Student Member at the start of your qualification. This ensures you receive access to CIPD resources and support throughout your study. It also ensures your CIPD qualification is recognised towards Associate professional membership of the CIPD.

Join today so you can take advantage of CIPD membership, essential for study and career success. It gives you instant access to:
  • the latest HR and L&D resources to develop your knowledge
  • career support, development tools and job opportunities
  • networking opportunities to learn and exchange ideas with like-minded professionals.

You can

To join you’ll need to pay a one-off admission fee and a subscription fee. You can pay your subscription fee together with your admission fee by Credit or Debit Card or cheque, or you can pay your admission fee by Credit or Debit Card and your subscription fee by Direct Debit (single payment or instalments). If you choose to pay your subscription fee by single payment Direct Debit, one instalment will be collected from your bank account three to six weeks after receiving your application. See below for information on fees.

When your subscription comes up for renewal, payments will be collected each year on 1 July until you advise us otherwise. We’ll send you a membership renewal pack at the start of June each year to remind you how much is due.

Continuing professional development is central to CIPD membership, part of staying up-to-date in the changing world of work, being a professional and developing your career.

CPD is a combination of approaches, ideas and techniques that help members manage their own learning and growth. Our focus on CPD is firmly on results – the benefits that professional development can bring you in the real world. We expect members to set objectives for development and then chart their progress towards achieving them. Our approach is based on reflection that focuses on outcomes and results, rather than 'time spent' or 'things done'.

CIPD Membership fees are payable on 1 July for the year ahead. The 2017-18 membership subscription fees by grade are listed below. You can take advantage of the Euro Direct Debit (download form below) to spread your payment and ensure timely payment each year.

Existing members

Subscription Fee
Chartered Fellow, Academic Fellow and Chartered Companion
 £249 (click to convert currency)*
Chartered Member and Academic Member
 £218 (click to convert currency)*
Associate Member and Academic Associate
 £185 (click to convert currency)*
Student Member
 £113 (click to convert currency)*
 £295 (click to convert currency)*

New and upgrading members

There is a one-off admission fee due from candidates who are not currently in membership. New Student Members pay the subscription fee above plus a one-off admission fee of £40 (click to convert currency)*. New Affiliate Members pay the subscription fee above plus a one-off admission fee of £70 (click to convert currency)*. Separate upgrading fees apply when members seek to upgrade their professional membership level.

To apply for membership, fill in the relevant form for the grade of membership you are interested in.

How can I pay?

You can pay by Debit or Credit Card, Euro Direct Debit (download form below), Euro cheque or Sterling Draft. All cheques must be made payable to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). If you’re using a company cheque please ensure that your name is clearly stated on the back. Please note that there may be additional bank and handling charges depending on who you bank with.

If you need help to renew your membership please call us on +353 (0) 1 5136796 or +44 (0)20 8612 6208.

* The currency conversion listed is for guidance only.

sepa-core-direct-debit-mandate_2016.pdf (3 MB) Euro Direct Debit Form