Join over 20,000 students across the world

Studying for a professional qualification is the most frequent route to CIPD membership. It will set you up for a long and successful career in the people profession, whether you’re starting out or are an experienced professional looking to cement your skills, knowledge, impact and credibility. 

Find out about the different qualification options, the process for enrolling, and how becoming a CIPD Student Member can support you with your studies and your career. 

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Student Membership

What can student membership do for you?

Student membership shows you’re committed to your professional future. It works with CIPD qualifications to put you on the path to professional recognition. By becoming a Student Member you will gain: 

  • Exclusive member benefits that help you to excel in your studies and add impact in your work every day.

  • Professional credibility and recognition for your skills and abilities.

  • The support and shared experience of almost 160,000 people professionals in the worldwide CIPD membership community.

  • Boosted career prospects and earning potential. 

Your student journey with us

What you need to know if you’re thinking of studying CIPD

Everything you need to know if you’re considering studying for a CIPD qualification or accredited university programme.

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Support for people currently studying a CIPD qualification.

All the guidance and resources you’ll need if you’re currently studying a CIPD qualification.

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Guidance for those who’ve just finished studying CIPD

Help and support if you’ve just finished studying a CIPD qualification or CIPD accredited programme.

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CIPD Community

Connect with
other students

The CIPD Community is an online forum which supports our members to connect with peers to solve workplace problems quickly and collaboratively. For almost two decades it’s been a popular place to share knowledge and network.

Explore our student and careers forums and join in the discussions.

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Student resources

Study guides to set you up for success

How to Write an academic essay

An academic essay is a formal piece of writing which presents an argument to the reader. Learn how to write persuasive and robust academic essays.

How to set out references

Our guide to helping you compile bibliographies based on the Harvard system.

How to Write a Critical Review

A critical review is a detailed analysis and assessment of a piece of writing. Understand how to write a critical review that is valid, sound and unbiased.

How to write a persuasive business report

Practical advice on the report-writing process, with key steps to improve the quality of business reports

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Watch our students share their CIPD experience

Explore our Knowledge hub resources for the latest insights and trends.

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Discover student membership and transform your career

Join us at the CIPD and study for an internationally recognised certificate or diploma. As a student member where you’ll get instant access to a range of HR and L&D 
resources and benefits that are essential to study success. 

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Explore our content hubs

Whatever stage you are at in your career, take a visit our content hubs for information about our products and services, as well as the latest people industry insights.

For people working in HR, L&D, and organisation design For people who manage teams For organisations looking to professionalise their teams

Member benefit

Our members save 15% on CIPD
Learning courses

Our members benefit from our membership discount of 15% on CIPD Learning courses. Your preferential discount will be applied when you log in to checkout. 

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