Chartered Institute of Public Relations

How to join

To start off the process of joining the CIPR, follow the steps below:

Select your membership grade

Select the membership grade that is appropriate for your level of PR experience and/or qualification. We can only admit you to membership at the correct grade so please read through the entry criteria for each grade. If you are unsure which grade is most suitable for you, contact the CIPR membership team.

Complete your application

Complete and submit your application with payment for your admission fee (if applicable) and first year's annual subscription:

Are you a police or government communicator?

The CIPR has partnered with GCN (Government Communications Network) and APComm (the Association of Police Communicators) to offer their members a significantly subsidised CIPR membership subscription.

GCN members: visit the GCN website to access the application form. If you are already a member you can transfer to the GCN rate at your next renewal date - just complete the renewal form. You will find both forms on the GCN website under the professional development tab.

Police communicators: if your Force is an APComm member, visit the APComm website to download an application or renewal form. If you are already a member you can transfer to the APComm rate at your next renewal date.

Contact the Institute's membership team at with any queries on either of these special rates.

Do you work in public affairs or lobbying?

The UK Public Affairs Council (UKPAC) maintains a register of those engaged in lobbying. If you meet UKPAC's definition of a lobbyist, it is a condition of CIPR membership that you register your details via the UKPAC website.

Activating your membership

Your application may take two to three weeks to process. We will email you to let you know when your membership has been awarded and activated and shortly after that you will receive your welcome pack.