Part of being a CIPD member is a commitment to your continuing professional development (CPD). It’s a commitment to improving your practice, and advancing the standing of the people profession.

Like many professional bodies, when you become a CIPD member you agree to uphold the standards of the Institute through your CPD. Our royal charter states that, to use the CIPD designatory letters, members must meet our requirements for CPD which are set out below.

As a member of the CIPD, you will:

  1. Proactively identify gaps in your professional competence, such as knowledge, behaviours and skills.
  2. Develop your professional competence through learning experiences (for example, conversations with colleagues, undertaking new pieces of work, listening to podcasts, reading research, formal approaches such as courses or programmes of learning). These learning experiences may be planned, or in the flow of work.
  3. Demonstrate the impact of your learning by reflecting on your learning experiences at least three times each year (January to December).
  4. Record those reflections using the ‘My CPD Reflections’ tool on the Learning hub.
  5. Submit your learning reflections for auditing if requested by the CIPD.

You can find out more about CPD here, and take a look at the CPD cycle here.

To identify your development gaps, you may want to start by using the Self-Assessment tool on the Learning Hub, where you can assess yourself against the CIPD Profession Map standards and get some tailored recommendations for your learning.

Member benefit

CIPD members have free access to the
Learning hub

As part of your membership, you have access to a continually updated library of learning programmes on the Learning hub, including all essential insight courses and eight introductory programmes.

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Access the
Learning hub

To log in to the Learning hub, you will have to first set up a CIPD web account. Once you have an account, you can use the same credentials to log in to the Learning hub. 

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Additional information

What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

What is CPD in an HR context? Discover what you can do to continue your professional development.

CPD Cycle Stages

Explore the CPD cycle for HR and learning and development professionals.

Self-Assessment tool

Build your capability through tailored recommendations, aligned to the Profession Map.