Membership grades

We have six member grades to choose from depending on your relevant experience.

Which membership grade is right for you? 

Working in PR and/or have a PR qualification?                      

  • Fellow (FCIPR): open to existing MCIPRs by nomination only
  • 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

Check the detailed entry criteria for each grade here.

Not sure if your experience counts as public relations?

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.

Based outside the UK?

  • If you meet the criteria for Associate or Member grade, you can join at this grade wherever you are in the world. If you'd rather a basic online membership at a non-professional grade, you can become a Global Affiliate. This doesn't offer a certificate, designatory letters or a member logo but it does include access to our online resources and free membership of the CIPR International group.

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 is open to anyone studying on an undergraduate or postgraduate course lasting at least 12 months.
  • Free student membership for those on CIPR recognised courses is now closed