Education CommitteeWritten evidence submitted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

How our Chartered Membership Works

We recently changed the criteria for the Chartered Member professional level of membership. The attached document details the new criteria in full. Essentially, Chartered Membership positively acknowledges professionalism and capability, which means:

The person has been assessed against stringent professional membership criteria.

They have demonstrated that they have applied their skills, knowledge and understanding to manage activities successfully over a period of time—this will obviously vary according to sector.

The person is committed to enhancing their own professionalism through planned Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and has signed up to the CIPD’s CPD Code of Conduct and works to its standards and criteria.

To achieve Chartered Membership, an individual must demonstrate that they have demonstrated the following criteria in a work environment over a sustained period:

Activities—Maintaining awareness of internal and external environments in terms of trends, innovations and best practice, organisation’s culture and areas for change and development; advises and coaches colleagues and managers, including ensuring managers receive the coaching and training they need to manage HR issues. Continuing Professional Development is a central part of this element.

Knowledge—of the organisation they work in, and of the wider context (in our case the HR context, but for teachers presumably developments in education policy, best practice, etc).

Behaviours—these are organised into three clusters: Insights and Influences—including decisive thinking and curiosity; Operational Excellence—including collaboration and personal credibility; and Stewardship—including acting as a role model.

Members can achieve Chartered status in three ways, providing the aforementioned criteria have been met:

By studying an advanced-level CIPD qualification and upgrading.

By upgrading from Graduate membership.

By Experience Assessment, which allows an individual to use prior professional experience to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required for Chartered Membership.

The “level” of knowledge is set at post-graduate level but to become a Chartered member the professional must show how they are implementing this knowledge through their skills and behaviours. For the teaching profession, you will need to consider if you can set a standard for both new entrants and those who qualified and entered the profession many years ago without the same “academic rigour”.

The Importance of Professional Development

CIPD Chartered Membership is a very holistic affair, taking into account the whole spectrum of an individual’s professional experience, capabilities and behaviours, including a strong focus on personal and professional development. At the CIPD, we focus on outputs rather than inputs, which means we do not have a set number of hours or programmes people need to undertake. Our focus is about supporting members to ensure that they continue to benchmark themselves against the professional standards to add value to their organisation and develop throughout their working life.

In addition, the CIPD recently launched its HR Profession Map, which looks at the underpinning skills, behaviour and knowledge an individual needs to be successful (which can be shared across many different sectors and specialism’s). It also creates a clear and flexible framework for career progression, supporting and accelerating the professional development of individuals. The Profession Map replaced our previous Professional Standards as our new benchmark for the profession, which had a strong relationship to our current qualifications and to membership. Whilst maintaining the same high standards as the previous Professional Standards, the Profession Map enables a more agile and flexible way of supporting the professional development of individuals.

Benefits of Chartered Membership

As well as raising one’s professional profile, CIPD Chartered Membership allows an individual to vote on constitutional matters and apply to be a Branch Officer, which represent the CIPD throughout the UK. In addition, by virtue of their demonstrated skills, knowledge and capability, Chartered Members are better placed to command higher salaries. Research into the value of professional qualifications by the Consultative Committee for Professional Management Organisations, of which CIPD is a member body, found that the value of employment and earnings effects across the lifetime of an individual holding professional qualifications is estimated to be around £81,000, and around £71,000 for an individual with membership of a professional institute. This will supposedly vary according to the level of qualification an individual has achieved, concurrent with their relevant skills, knowledge and experience.

The CIPD’s Role in Professional Regulation

We are not a “licence to practice” profession, unlike medicine and accountancy. However, we do self-regulate and our members are bound by a code of professional conduct and disciplinary processes.

January 2012

Prepared 30th April 2012