Grades

We have 6 member grades reflecting different levels of PR experience and qualifications. Before you apply, take a look at the detailed entry criteria for each grade. In brief:

Working in PR and/or have a PR qualification?

  • Associate (ACIPR): up to 2 years of PR experience or the CIPR Advanced Certificate
  • Member (MCIPR): 2 years or more of PR experience or the CIPR Diploma
  • Fellow (FCIPR): open to existing MCIPRs by nomination

Based outside the UK?

  • Global Affiliate: an online-only, non-professional membership grade. No membership certificate or designatory letters or logos but does include our online resources and free membership of the CIPR International group.
  • Or you can apply for Associate or Member grade if you meet the criteria.

Not working in PR but interested in the profession?

  • Affiliate grade will keep you informed and up-to-date on the latest developments in the profession.

Student?

  • Student membership at £35 per annum is open to anyone studying on an undergraduate or postgraduate course lasting at least 12 months
  • The free student membership for those on CIPR recognised courses is now closed

What will I get with my membership?

CIPR membership offers a comprehensive package of professional and business benefits and services. Access to some of these depends on your grade.

Fellow / MemberAssociateAffiliateGlobal AffiliateStudent
Code of Conduct
PR Register
CIPR CPD
Access to online resources
Training discounts
Business resources
Influence magazine*
Member directory
Five CIPR groups
Designatory letters / logos
Accreditation opportunities
Voting in CIPR elections
Board / Council / Committees

* Influence has now won seven accolades since its inception in 2016. Most recently the Gold Award for best membership publication at the International Content Marketing Association (CMA) Awards

What counts as public relations / communications experience?

Check our list of communications disciplines that count towards Associate and Member grade.

If you are currently working in PR and have more than 2 years' experience in a related discipline such as journalism or marketing, you can fast track to Member (MCIPR) grade via the career conversion route: join as an Associate (ACIPR) and upgrade to Member (MCIPR) on completion of the CIPR Foundation Award, which will help you make the transition into your new career.