The CIPD have recently announced that they are putting in place a new path for membership, for those who are experienced HR professionals. The new ‘Experience Assessment route’ was created to ensure delivery on the Institute’s visible pledge to a more inclusive approach to their membership.
Experienced HR professionals will thus be allowed to join one of the three, professional levels of CIPD membership (Assoc CIPD, Chartered MCIPD and Chartered FCIPD) by reviewing the criteria set for each type of membership. The purpose is to mirror the different types of career paths that many people joining the HR industry from other areas chose, and for those who decide to specialise in a particular area of the HR industry or whether they have decided to focus on a less direct HR profession.
The ‘Experienced Assessment route’ will allow the CIPD to better provide for individuals who have reached a high level within the HR industry, without having gained a CIPD qualification or had their efforts completely recognised. The route can be used for both general HR professionals but particularly for HR specialists, which will help them to illustrate their appropriate levels of experience and understanding.
The new route is based on the CIPDs new, thorough membership criteria and thus takes on many of the components used in the HR Profession Map. The new route will be available from 1st January 2011.
Sue Upton, Director of Membership at the CIPD, commented:
“The CIPD HR Profession Map has enabled us to build rigorous new membership criteria that define professionalism in terms of what you know, what you do and how you need to do it in order to establish and maintain real workplace impact in HR roles at all levels. Our new Experience Assessment route allows HR professionals to be assessed against those membership criteria in practice.
“The Experience Assessment route opens up professional membership to groups of experienced professionals who we’ve not been fully equipped to cater for in the past. The new assessment methods are specifically designed to elicit relevant and appropriate evidence against each set of criteria. By adding a clear focus on experience and behaviours – underpinned by an appropriate level of knowledge and understanding – the new route does more than just maintain existing rigour and standards; it marks a significant rising of the bar.”