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Professional membership

Institute of Leadership & Management Professional membership helps you get the best results from your career.

When you join us, you become part of a world-renowned body of more than 25,000 professional managers and leaders. We provide a broad range of services to help you improve your skills and further your career – from access to the latest reports and learning materials, to networking opportunities through events and our extensive online community.

As a member, you also get your qualifications and status as a manager recognised. This includes the right to use prestigious post-nominal letters that demonstrate your professional experience.

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Eligibility and membership grades

The grades of membership are designed to reflect where you are on your career journey – from starting as a new or aspiring manager, right through to becoming a senior leader.

You can join at one of four ascending levels – Affiliate, Associate, Member, or Fellow – based on your experience and qualifications. As your career progresses, you can also upgrade your membership to reflect your achievements.

Affiliate membership (AInstLM), for new and aspiring managers

As an Affiliate member, you can use the post-nominal letters ‘AInstLM’. We’ll offer you this grade when you join if you have:

  • fewer than three years’ management experience, or
  • a development plan as an aspiring manager, or
  • a management-related qualification at Level 2, or
  • 10 days’ continuing professional development (CPD) in the last three years

Associate membership (AMInstLM), for experienced managers

Associate members use the post-nominal letters ‘AMInstLM’. You can join at this level if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • at least five years’ management experience, or
  • a management-related qualification at Level 3 or above, or
  • at least 20 days’ CPD within the last five years

Member (MInstLM) status, for established managers

This is the Institute's most popular membership grade. Members use the post-nominal letters ‘MInstLM’. To join at this level, you’ll need:

  • at least five years’ management experience, and
  • a management-related qualification at level three or above, or
  • at least 20 days’ CPD within the last five years

Studying membership is also available free of charge to anyone studying towards an ILM qualification.

Fellowship (FInstLM) status, for senior managers

Highly experienced senior managers use the post-nominal letters FInstLM. You can join at this level if you have a combination of:

  • at least seven years’ management experience, including five years as a senior manager and
  • either a management-related qualification at Level 5 or above, or
  • at least 35 days’ CPD within the last seven years

How to join

If you have the relevant experience or qualifications, becoming an Institute of Leadership & Management Professional member is easy. Completing the online form takes just a few minutes, and they’ll offer you the appropriate grade of membership based on your answers.

Membership fees

When you complete the form, you’ll need to pay a fee to access the exclusive benefits that come with membership. The fee for Affiliate, Associate and Member grades of Professional membership is the same:

  • £127 when you initially join
  • £102 for your annual renewal

There is no upgrade fee if you move from one Professional membership grade to another.

The fee for Fellow grade is:

  • £163 when you initially join
  • £138 for your annual renewal
  • a one-off payment of £50 when you apply to upgrade from another Professional membership level; if you’re successful, your annual renewal will be £138 thereafter

You can pay for any membership level with a credit card (excluding American Express), or save £10 per year when you pay by direct debit.

If you have any questions about membership before you join, our FAQs page may be of help. We’re also always happy to assist any prospective and current members; just contact the relevant member of our Customer Service Team if you have any further queries.

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