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About membership

The Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) is the representative body for individual recruitment professionals. Founded by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) in 2009, the IRP represents 9,500 individual members, who deliver the UK’s recruitment services. The IRP helps recruiters to demonstrate their commitment to best practice and world-class recruitment standards, as well as providing the best possible services to clients and candidates. All IRP members must abide by the IRP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. 

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Already a member? Get access to our exclusive support tools and resources that you need to help you demonstrate commitment, professionalism and added value to your clients and candidates. Get access to member-only areas of the IRP website including the IRP online legal guide, 'how-to' smart guides and much more. 

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Become a member

Whether you’re just starting a career in recruitment or are a professional recruiter who would like to expand their knowledge, it’s time to join Institute of Recruitment Professionals. Meet like-minded individuals through our networks and expand your recruitment skills through our qualifications, training and online resources.

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A career in recruitment

Winning new business and keeping your clients on track has never been more important, so whether you are just starting out, running a fast growing business, looking for a change in direction or just wanting to cement your experience, IRP qualifications and training provide you with the very best possible platform, from which to leap forward and help you achieve your goals.
From our award-winning training to our regional events and networking initiatives, IRP is committed to providing individuals the best possible learning opportunities for a career in recruitment. 

Member Case studies

We are proud to be in the recruitment industry, proud to be a recruiter and the IRP membership is like a badge of honour. It also highlights the length of time you’ve worked in the industry for and representing what level you are. Also if I decided to undertake any additional professional recruitment training then I would certainly choose the IRP.

Helen Lacey , Red Berry Recruitment Ltd

We believe it’s important for our staff to be IRP members to demonstrate their commitment not only to their own personal development but their commitment to their profession and industry. In addition, our staff can talk to our clients and candidates about IRP membership and demonstrate the true professionalism within the recruitment industry.

Steve Jeffers FCIPD MIRP , Meridian Business Support

In today’s competitive marketplace, an affiliation with a professional association like the IRP shows employers that you are serious about your career. It also affords you a professional identity that reinforces your credibility among your peers and Our career routeway will help you boost capability and realise your full potential in the recruitment industry.

Richard Charnock , Head of IRP & Qualifications

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