HR professionals gain individual chartered status

HR practitioners will soon have the right to use the ‘chartered’ title,
bringing the profession into line with other recognised occupations.

As predicted by Personnel Today, full members of the Chartered Institute of
Personnel and Development (CIPD) will soon have the right to use the title
‘chartered’ on an individual basis.

In June this year, Personnel Today reported that the CIPD was seeking
approval from the Privy Council to allow members to use the title.

CIPD director general Geoff Armstrong said the title would help the image of
the profession and put HR on the same level as other sectors such as
engineering and accountancy.

Now, following Privy Council approval, all 37,000 full members of the CIPD
will be able to call themselves either Chartered Members (MCIPD) or Chartered
Fellows (FCIPD).

"This is premier league recognition, and means that our full members
will have their credentials recognised in the same way as their peers in other
professions," said Armstrong.

"This status shows employers and other stakeholders in the workplace
that a chartered member of the CIPD is an experienced and qualified
professional who is constantly updating their knowledge and skills. "

Mary Mallett, president of the Society of Personnel Officers, welcomed the
qualification as a recognition of a highly competent workforce. But she warned
that the charter must remain a title worth having and not become a tick-box
exercise as with some of the older and established chartered institutes.

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