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Chartered Quality Professional – Member (CQP MCQI)

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Becoming a Member of the CQI and a Chartered Quality Professional is the gold standard for professionalism in quality, putting you on an equal footing with other chartered professionals. 

The quality profession is changing. More and more employers are demanding Chartered Quality Professionals on their projects – Crossrail for one. Only Chartered Quality Professionals can act as true business partners, positively impacting the financial bottom line, eliminating unnecessary costs and waste. 

This grade is for experienced people whose main focus is on quality, including consultants. Members at this grade can use the postnominals 'CQP MCQI'. At this level, our members make a profound and positive contribution to organisations. 

For more information on the benefits of CQI membership, please see our benefits page here.

Grade Requirements

To become a Chartered Member with the CQI, all applicants must complete the online application form in full to demonstrate their competence against the Profession Map. New applicants may join directly as a Chartered Member or become a member for an alternative grade and regrade in their own time.

Competency Section

All applicants must supply us with 10 case studies, 2 for each Competence of the Profession map with evidence/referee to support each case study. Each case study must demonstrate the following:


We assess all Chartered Quality Professional applications using the Profession Map. 

You are required to provide a self-assessment score for each of the five competence areas, supported by two evidenced case studies for each competence.

View the full competence guidance.

Skills and experience

You are able to execute activities in each of the five competency areas. You must be able to work unsupervised in at least one of the areas of governance, assurance or improvement. You must also have proactively demonstrated leadership behaviours and shown that you can adapt your activities to the context of your business. 


You have an understanding of what knowledge is required in each of the five competency areas. You can analyse and evaluate, and can adapt and apply your knowledge in most situations. View our application guidance for more information. 

Work Experience

There is not a prescribed length of work experience for this grade, however you must provide details of your relevant career history, including details of all posts cited in your competence case studies.

Training and Qualifications

There are no specific training or qualifications requirements for this grade. Please list all training and qualifications that are relevant to your competence self-assessments.


The CQI requires Chartered Members to have a minimum of three active quality-related Continuing Professional Development objectives at all times. 

Our CPD format is structured around the Plan, Do, Check Act cycle. At the application stage you are required to complete the 'Plan' section for your three objectives. You may use existing CPD objectives if they are related to your role in quality.

CPD Guidance

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Complete the online application form. 

Alternative grades, regrading and fees

Alternative grades

If you do not meet the requirements for this grade or do not currently have the time to spend on the application process, did you know you can join us as a CQI Practitioner?

Practitioners are awarded the PCQI post-nominals, online logo and, certificate and can access the member benefits including all of our content, networking and development platforms.


You may regrade at anytime during your membership to Chartered Member. You will not need to pay an additional membership fee to regrade however a small regrade fee is due to process your application.


For all new membership applications, there are two fees to pay; a one-off application fee to process your application and an annual membership fee. The annual membership fee for CQI is pro-rated. The CQI membership cycle starts in January each year. New members can join at any point in the year and fees will be adjusted accordingly. For a link to the fees, please click here.

How to apply to become a Chartered Member

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