Membership of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations is open to anyone working, studying or just interested in public relations. There are a number of grades of membership spanning the different levels of experience and qualifications in public relations.
For those who are not currently working in PR but are interested in the public relations profession.
- Associate ACIPR
For those who are currently working in or teaching PR (or temporarily unemployed) and have some (up to two years') PR experience or who have graduated from the CIPR Advanced Certificate or who have not yet gained any PR experience but have graduated from a CIPR recognised course or have been a Student member of the CIPR.
- Member MCIPR
For those who are currently working in or teaching PR (or temporarily unemployed) and have more than two years' PR experience or have graduated from the CIPR Diploma.
- Fellow FCIPR
Open to UK and overseas practitioners and awarded by the Institute in recognition of significant contribution to the Institute or the industry.
For those studying on a UK higher education course lasting more than 12 months. Students on CIPR recognised courses are eligible for free membership. Students on other courses pay an annual fee of £35. Applications for Student membership for the academic year 2013/4 are now closed. Applications for the academic year 2014/5 will open in September 2014.
- Global Affiliate
Open to non-UK residents only.
What counts as public relations / communications experience?
Check our list of communications (and related) disciplines that count towards Associate and Member grade.
If you are currently working in PR and have more than two years' experience in a discipline related to PR such as journalism or marketing, you can join as an Associate (ACIPR) and fast-track to Member (MCIPR) as soon as you have completed the CIPR Foundation Award, which will help you to make the transition into your new career.
Not sure which grade to apply for?
Please contact our membership team if you would like information or advice on:
- which grade to apply for
- upgrading your membership
- how to apply or how to request an application form.