Chartered membership


Chartered membership is available to payroll, pensions and reward professionals wishing to demonstrate their strategic value within their organisation and the wider profession.

What will Chartered membership mean for you?

As a Chartered Member, you will be recognised within the industry as being at the pinnacle of your profession, committed to compliance and best practice in payroll and pensions administration and management.

Chartered membership is a unique level of membership within the industry and is available to individuals meeting the eligibility criteria. Chartered membership is by application only and you should be an existing Full or Fellow member of the CIPP.

Criteria for Chartered membership

In order to achieve Chartered membership, you must clearly demonstrate in your application that you have recent strategic and operational experience that has significantly contributed to organisational performance. In order to apply for Chartered membership, we require individuals to be able to demonstrate technical knowledge and understanding to at least level five. There is a list of the formal qualifications below that we consider to meet the criteria.

CIPP qualifications satisfying the criteria will be:

  • Foundation Degree in Payroll Management
  • Diploma in Payroll Management
  • Foundation Degree in Pensions Administration and Management
  • Diploma in Local Government Pensions Administration and Management
  • BA (Hons) in Applied Business and Management
  • Advanced Diploma in Payroll Management
  • MSc in Business and Reward Management
  • MSc in Payroll and Business Management
  • MSc in Payroll Management

Example external qualifications satisfying the criteria would be:

  • Payroll Alliance Advanced Diploma in Payroll Management (level five)
  • The Learn Centre – Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level five Professional Diploma in Payroll Management
  • CIPD level five Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • CIPD level seven Advanced Diploma in Human Resource management
  • PMI Diploma in Retirement Provision

If you hold another qualification, at level five or above, which you believe should be considered, please contact us on 0121 712 1000 or email

Chartered members are also required to maintain at least 40 CPD points during a subscription year to retain their membership. This is not required for application but will be checked upon renewal. See below for information on CPD.

Applicants for Chartered membership should represent and promote the CIPP.

Benefits of Chartered membership

  • Unique designatory letters and the use of the title Chartered Member in full after your name
  • Use of a CIPP Chartered Member logo in a personal context
  • Listed as a Chartered Member on the CIPP website
  • Raising the standards of the payroll profession and its members to be on more of an equal footing with members of other chartered bodies
  • Opportunity to attend Chartered member networking dinners, and other events, throughout the year

Who can apply

Applications are welcomed from any individual who has demonstrated a commitment to the profession through knowledge and experience. To be considered applicants must also hold, as a minimum, a level five qualification in payroll, pensions or reward.

In addition to the knowledge attained, applicants must also have sufficient experience in the industry at a strategic level to evidence their skills and abilities as a qualified Chartered Member of the CIPP.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate evidence that they are committed to represent and promote the CIPP and the payroll profession. This could be through leadership and promoting payroll internally within their organisation, speaking at CIPP events, contributing to the CIPP’s membership magazine or through positive promotion through social media. The specific criteria required is shown above.

How to apply

Click here to apply for Chartered membership.

How much will it cost

The 2019-20 annual subscription fee is £250. Individuals applying for Chartered membership will be required to pay a £195 assessment fee at the time of application and this is non-refundable.

Any non-members applying for Chartered membership will also be required to pay a £35 registration fee.

Membership prices valid until 14 June and reviewed annually.

Contact us

If you require any help with your CPD or you have any questions about Chartered membership please email us or call 0121 712 1073. If you would like to discuss your CPD further, the CIPP also offers face to face appointments at all of our events.

Chartered membership FAQ's

Can I add my digital badge to my email signature?

Adding your digital badge to your email signature ensures that all your contacts, colleagues, and existing and potential clients, can see your achievements and special skills.

For help adding you badge, take a look at our guide for Adding your digital badge to your email signature.

Can I share my digital badge on social media?

Digital badges can be shared on social media and LinkedIn is a great place to showcase your achievement to your connections.

For help adding your badge, take a look at our guide to Adding your digital badge to you LinkedIn profile.

How are applications assessed?

Applications will first be checked by the membership team to ensure they meet the required criteria and have provided all relevant information.  Applications which satisfy the criteria, and have fully completed all sections of the form, including the questions asking for detailed evidence of competencies, will be assessed by an independent assessment committee.

Applicants will be assessed holistically across all aspects of the CIPP activity, to ensure they strategically represent the values, aims and objectives of the CIPP, pertaining to the CIPP code of conduct. 

How long does the assessment process take?

It is important that each application is carefully and thoroughly assessed and as such the process may take up to three months from the date the application is submitted until the date the applicant is advised of the outcome. We recommend that existing members who would like to apply for Chartered membership submit their application approximately three months before their usual renewal date.

What happens if my application is unsuccessful?

The membership will advise an applicant if their application has been unsuccessful and will provide feedback as to the reasons why.  An unsuccessful applicant may formally appeal against the decision which will be reviewed by the governance committee.  If the governance committee upholds the decision made there will be no further redress for the applicants.

Applicants can of course act upon the feedback received and submit a further application which will be subject to a one-off charge of £150 for the re-assessment.

What is the assessment process?

The following step by step guide shows how the assessment process works.

Step one – The member completes an electronic application form. This is designed to gather information on the applicant’s skills and experience relating to management experience (self and others), specific management achievements (such as strategic projects), managing finances and resources, and other general strategic activity.

The applicant will also be expected to agree to the CIPP terms and conditions, and abide by the CIPP code of conduct. Evidence of achievement of formal qualifications is also required, along with an up to date copy of the applicant’s CV.

Step two – The assessment committee will receive a copy of the member’s application form and accompanying documentation. Each member of this committee will complete an independent assessment.  Once agreement is reached, the committee will submit its recommendation.

Step three – The successful member will receive their Chartered membership certificate, and will be asked for permission for their name to be published on the CIPP Individual Chartered Member list on the website.

Once Chartered membership has been achieved by the member, in order for them to retain their enhanced member profile, at least 40 points of relevant CPD must be recorded annually.


When can I apply?

Applications can only be made at any time and will take on average three months to complete the process.

Why does the criteria require both experience and a qualification?

Chartered membership recognises those who have reached the very highest level in our profession. It is awarded based on a combination of both experience and qualifications, and those who achieve Chartered membership should then demonstrate commitment to maintaining that knowledge and keeping up to date. And it is on this all round achievement that the Queen's Privy Council granted us the authority to award Chartered membership – the mark of an up-to-date, experienced and qualified payroll professional.