Membership Levels & Criteria

The usual route to the full IRPM qualification is to join as an Affiliate and move through the three exams - Foundation, Associate, Member - and the related membership levels - Affiliate, Associate (AIRPM), Member (MIRPM) and Fellow (FIRPM).


APPRENTICESHIP (no designation)

The IRPM apprenticeship scheme is delivered in partnership with Catch 22. Please click on the below link for more information. 

Housing and Property Management Apprenticeship


AFFILIATE (no designation)

All new applicants join as an Affiliate and must complete their 15 Hours of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) yearly.

Affiliates agree to adhere to the Institute's Code of Professional Conduct and to pursue a career through the Institute. Affiliates carry no voting rights within the Institute.

Join here. 


ASSOCIATE (AIRPM)

Associate (AIRPM) status may be offered to existing Affiliates of the IRPM or new applicants who have:

  1. Passes in both The IRPM Qualifications Level 2 Award and The IRPM Qualifications Level 3 Award exams;
  2. Alternatively, Associate (AIRPM) status may be offered to existing Affiliates of the IRPM or new applicants who submit a detailed CV, a completed application form detailing industry experience including;
  • Manager experience (if any)
  • Industry related Qualifications (attach copies)
  • Higher Qualifications (Degree level, attach copies)
  • Qualified member status of a relevant professional body (as determined by IRPM). Membership must be current. Consent for IRPM to verify your status with the professional body must also be given at the time of application.

Your detailed CV and application form will be reviewed, and if successful you will be required to sit The IRPM Qualifications Level 3 Award in Residential Leasehold Property Management qualification and successfully pass the exam to be upgraded to Associate (AIRPM).


MEMBER (MIRPM)

Member (MIRPM) status may be offered to existing Affiliates or Associates of the IRPM or new applicants, who have:

  1. Have passed The IRPM Qualification Level 2 Award , The IRPM Qualification Level 3 Award and The IRPM Qualification Level 4 Certificate exams or;
  2. Alternatively, Member (MIRPM) status may be offered to existing Affiliates/Associates of the IRPM or new applicants who submit a detailed CV, a completed application form detailing industry experience including;
  • Manager experience (if any)
  • Industry related Qualifications (attach copies)
  • Higher Qualifications (Degree level, attach copies)
  • Qualified member status of a relevant professional body (as determined by IRPM). Membership must be current. Consent for IRPM to verify your status with the professional body must also be given at the time of application.

Your detailed CV and application form will be reviewed, and if successful you will be required to sit The IRPM Qualification Level 4 Certificate exam and successfully pass the exam to be upgraded to Member (MIRPM). 


FELLOW (FIRPM)

Fellow (FIRPM) status is discretionary, awarded by the IRPM Board of Directors to Members with ten or more years' current, relevant experience in residential property management and who can specifically demonstrate -

  • that they have made a significant contribution to the development of the sector over and above that made to their own business or employer.

Potential candidates will be required to complete a Fellows application form and identify this significant contribution. Applicants may be invited to attend an interview to determine their standing in this regard.

The Directors do not wish to be prescriptive about how Members demonstrate their eligibility for upgrade to Fellow. You may, however, find the following examples helpful in assessing your eligibility to meet the criteria:

  • where in the opinion of the Directors, the member has made a significant contribution to the work of the IRPM or another relevant organisation. A number of our Fellows have served as Directors of the IRPM and/or Council Members of ARMA or PMAS.
  • in recognition of a significant contribution to residential property management within another relevant organisation. We have Fellows who have made a major contribution towards the standing of residential property management within the RICS and within the National Housing Federation.
  • upon production of written work or research on a subject relevant to residential property management (or any aspect thereof) of not less than 2500 words which has either been published, or is of such quality in the opinion of the Directors it would benefit the IRPM membership by its circulation or publication. There is a lack of balanced, well researched academic literature based upon residential property management. The IRPM is keen to support any Members undertaking such work and will consider awarding a Fellowship as a result of such articles being researched, authored and published. 

The Board of Directors may also consider offering Fellowship to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the residential property management sector and whose membership will enhance the standing of the Institute.

Application form for upgrade to Fellow available here.

Use of post nominal letters (AIRPM, MIRPM, FIRPM) is only eligible to current full subscribers of the Institute of Residential Property Management.

Join as an Affiliate online or complete an application form here.