Membership of the CIPD is widely seen as essential for HR practitioners and is accepted by employers as proof of professional capability.
CIPD gained chartered status in 2000, and has had many different names during its history, dating back to 1913. These include the Welfare Workers’ Association, the Institute of Labour Management, and the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM). In 1994, the IPM amalgamated with the Institute of Training and Development to form the Institute of Personnel and Development.
Every year the CIPD produces a range of research reports and surveys which have relevance to the human resources sector.
The CIPD is currently headed up by director general Geoff Armstrong. He has held a number of senior personnel posts at British Leyland and is a past-president of the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations.
In October 2007 the CIPD announced that it had recuited a new chief executive, Jackie Orme, chief personnel officer at PepsiCo (left). She begins her role in April 2008, taking over from Armstrong who retires in June 2008.
CIPD membership and qualifications
CIPD members get access to a range of member benefits and services, which include: the use of a professional designation (chartered members only); access to a range of library and information services; free professional and personal telephone advice on UK employment law; and discounts on CIPD conferences, publications and training courses.
There are numerous grades of individual membership which are either non-chartered or chartered. Non-chartered grades are affiliate, associate, licentiate and graduate. Chartered grades are member (MCIPD), fellow (FCIPD) and companion (CCIPD).
The CIPD offers numerous qualifications including the Certificate in Personnel Practice (CPP), the Certificate in Training Practice (CTP), the Certificate in Recruitment and Selection (CRS), the Certificate in Employment Relations, Law and Practice (CERLAP) and the Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring (CCM). At practitioner level, the institute runs a professional development scheme.
Organisations can also apply for membership of the CIPD.