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Championing Our industry's Skills and Qualifications

Championing Our industry's Skills and Qualifications

An outsourced HR function can play an invaluable part in your business plan, with professionally trained HR experts providing guidance on strategy, employment law, engagement, culture and more, so business leaders can focus on taking their business from strength to strength. 


One of the requirements for joining Team PSHR as a consultant or advisor is to be CIPD qualified, but what does this mean and how is this achieved?


CIPD membership is defined as below by Peter Cheese, Chief Executive:


Championing better work and working lives

‘We're the professional body for experts in people at work. For more than 100 years, we've been championing better work and working lives by setting professional standards for HR and people development, as well as driving positive change in the world of work.


With hubs in the UK, Ireland, Middle East and Asia, we're the career partner of choice for more than 150,000 members around the world. We're the only body in the world that can award Chartered status to individual HR and L&D professionals, and our independent research and insights make us trusted advisers to governments and employers.’


What are the different membership grades?

There are five different levels of membership:

  • Student Member – for those studying a CIPD qualification.
  • Foundation Member – for those who apply their knowledge to support.
  • Associate Member – for those who work operationally, contributing to people issues and solutions.
  • Chartered Member – for those who work strategically and operationally.
  • Chartered Fellow – for those who combine strategic insight, people expertise and commercial awareness. All PSHR’s consultants have achieved CHARTERED FELLOW standard.

There are two routes which can be taken in order to achieve CIPD member status - education or experience.

The benefits of an Experience Assessment is that it delivers recognition: you can use a designation after your name which reflects the level of HR experience you have achieved – MCIPD as an example.  This process can take as little as four months and is not a qualification, so no studying for exams.  A CIPD assessor will conduct a telephone interview and decide whether your work experience warrants a membership status.


The alternative is to study for a CIPD qualification in human resources.  All PSHR consultants have studied and achieved a postgraduate degree in Human Resource Management, which is undertaken while working in HR and/or learning and development and takes two years to complete. It is a level 7 qualification, although there is also a level 3 (foundation) and level 5 (associate) qualification available.


There are other organisations out there that offer HR-based qualifications, but the CIPD is the governing body that issued the qualifications which our consultants hold and leads the professional standard that we at PSHR follow.  This is why you will see ‘FCIPD’ next to the names on our email signatures.

For more information visit the CIPD website:


Our HR advisors are on hand to guide you. We offer expert guidance tailored to your needs on a retained basis or ad-hoc, contact us on 01473 653000

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