JOIN NOW ONLINE if you wish to pay by credit card. Applications are normally considered on the next working day.
CIPR Membership fees are VAT-exempt. If you are UK-based and self-employed/do self-assessment tax, they are also tax-deductible. (If your employer is paying, CIPR membership fees are a tax-deductible business expense)
If you prefer not to pay by credit card you will need to select the membership grade that's most appropriate and send an application form (by post or email) along with payment details for your fees (annual subscription + admission fee). We'll process your application and email you when your membership is activated. You'll receive your membership pack a few weeks after you join.
Please note that if you are involved in lobbying, it is a condition of CIPR membership that you sign up to the UK Lobbying Register (UKLR). There is no addtional charge for this registration, but the process is separate from your membership application.
- Affiliate, Associate (ACIPR) or Member (MCIPR)
- Global Affiliate
- Student membership (fee £35).
- Fellow (FCIPR) is by nomination only
We have 6 member grades - check the detailed entry criteria.
Working in PR and/or have a PR qualification?
- Fellow (FCIPR): open to existing MCIPRs by nomination
- Member (MCIPR): 2 years or more of PR experience or the CIPR Diploma
- Associate (ACIPR): up to 2 years of PR experience or the CIPR Advanced Certificate
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 membership at £35 is open to anyone studying on a UK undergraduate or postgraduate course lasting at least 12 months
- 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.
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|Five CIPR groups||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Designatory letters / logos||✔||✔|
|Voting in CIPR elections||✔|
|Board / Council / Committees||✔|
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.
Access to some CIPR benefits may depend on your grade.
- Prove your accountability through our Code of Conduct
- Listed in our PR Register and Member Directory
- Designatory letters and membership logos (for ACIPR, MCIPR and FCIPR grades)
- 5 regional, sector and discipline groups
- Online resources – webinars, skills guides , case studies , toolkits and reports
- Influence - the quarterly magazine on all things PR
- Meeting rooms, lounge and library at 52 Russell Square
- Business resources – including a free legal helpline and a template contract
- Build your confidence and adaptability with CIPR CPD
- Become a Chartered Public Relations Practitioner
- Lead the profession on CIPR Board, Council or Group committees
- Shape best practice in our working groups and panels
- £150 or more on all CIPR training sessions
- 10% off professional indemnity insurance
- Discounts and offers on business services
- 30% on room hire at 52 Russell Square
Membership is by annual subscription. Fees vary by grade. View our fee table for more information. You will also need to pay a one-off, non-refundable joining fee of £55.
No tax or VAT
Your membership subscription is tax deductible if you pay it yourself. Include your membership subscription in your annual tax return or write to your tax office with details of your subscription so that your tax code can be adjusted.
There's no VAT on your membership fee either.
(Employers paying for their staff can also record CIPR membership fees as a business cost for tax purposes).
iprovision voluntary contributions
iprovision is the CIPR's benevolent fund, meeting the needs of members who are seriously ill, experiencing hardship or without work. Members are asked each year if they would like to pay an additional discretionary payment of £10 towards the Institute's benevolent fund. Members receiving support from iprovision, the CIPR's benevolent fund, are exempt from the membership fee. To talk confidentially with someone from iprovision, email email@example.com.
More than two of you?
If at least three people from the same organisation join at the same time we will waive the £55 joining fee, saving at least £165. Send the applications in together and make sure each is clearly marked with the code 'CIPR3'. Membership is still awarded on a individual basis. This offer applies to new members only.
And if you're joining or renewing at least 10 individuals from the same organisation, take a look at Corporate Affiliate.
How to pay
We've got lots of payment options for your annual subscription.
- Direct Debit - complete the direct debit instuction in the application form.
- Visa/Mastercard - fill in the card payment section on the application form or call us on 00 44 (0) 20 7631 6900
- BACS - use your invoice number as your transaction reference otherwise we won't know it's your payment
- Cheque - write your name/invoice number on the back and enclose with your application
You can pay your £55 admission fee by card, BACS or cheque, but not by Direct Debit.