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Student membership

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Student membership is for those studying an L4 Quality Practitioner apprenticeship or a CQI accredited higher education programme.

Benefits of Student membership

Students can access the CQI's member benefits including our content, networking and development platforms. These benefits will encourage and assist you to enhance your career and regrade to Practitioner and Chartered Quality Professional when you are ready to take the next step.

For a more in-depth view of our benefits, please see our benefits pages here.

Grade Requirements

To become a Student member of the CQI you must be enrolled on a CQI accredited programme of study.

Not all courses are eligible. We currently only accept:

Please note: CQI|IRCA auditor training courses are not acceptable for CQI Student applications. 

If you are not currently undertaking one of these courses, please apply for the Affiliate grade.

During the application process you will be asked to provide details of your course of study. You will be asked to include your student ID number so that we can verify that you are enrolled on the course.

Become a Student member of the CQI

To apply, complete the online application form. We will assess your application, and if you are successful we will ask you to pay your first subscription fee.  

Regrading and fees


You should regrade once you have completed your course. You will not need to pay an additional membership fee to regrade however a small regrade fee is due to process your application.


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.

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Show your colleagues you are serious about quality and gain unrivalled support in your career.

Have a question?

Please email us if you have any other questions about membership.