Corporate Membership is the foremost membership category within the Institute and is open to planners who have reached a required standard of knowledge, skill and professional responsibility.

The entry requirements for Corporate Membership include both a satisfactory educational qualification at an appropriate level and also a sufficient period of post-qualification practical experience of work as a professional planner.

Entry to Corporate membership shall be open to those who have reached a standard of knowledge, skill, academic qualification to Level 8 or higher of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications or EQF equivalent and the professional experience necessary to engage in planning.

ROUTES TO CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

(a) A person who holds a recognized or accredited planning qualification or degree from a planning school, which meets the educational requirements of the Institute (see accredited courses), and who has gained two years’ satisfactory experience in planning after obtaining the relevant qualification;

Or

(b) A professionally-qualified planner who is a full / corporate member of another national planning institute or national association that is a full member of the European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP), and who has gained two years’ satisfactory experience in planning after obtaining the relevant membership;

Or

(c) A person who holds a planning qualification at degree or equivalent level, which is not accredited or recognised by the Institute, and which was obtained within the European Union/European Economic Area, and is at a level which is equivalent to the planning qualifications or degrees that are recognized or accredited by the Institute, and has gained two years’ satisfactory experience in planning after obtaining the qualification;

Or

(d) A person who holds a planning qualification at degree or equivalent level, which is not accredited or recognised by the Institute, and which was obtained within the European Union/European Economic Area, and is at a level which is not equivalent, as defined under Article 11(d) of EU Directive 2005/36/EC, to the planning qualifications or degrees that are recognized or accredited by the Institute, and who satisfies the Institute that their post qualification experience in planning is not less than four years experience and is such that they are competent to practice planning in Ireland.

Or

(e) A person who holds a planning qualification at degree or equivalent level, which is not accredited or recognised by the Institute, and which was obtained outside the European Union/EEA area, and where their course was broadly in accordance with the Institute’s Educational Guidelines, and who satisfies the Institute that their post qualification experience in planning is such that they are competent to practice planning in Ireland.

Fees

Current rate for Corporate Membership is €270 per annum 

Apply

To apply for Corporate Membership applicants are required to submit the following documentation.

  • IPI Application form
  • Degree Transcript (s) or Degree Qualification Certificates
  • CV detailing: Organisation in which you were employed, position held, dates of commencement and termination, type of work in which you were engaged, the time spent on each area of work, your personal contribution to the organisation your level of responsibility in such work and publications.
  • 2 Current IPI Corporate/ Fellow Members in support of your application. Signatures required verifying experience.

In addition, in the case of membership route (b), provide written confirmation from the institute/association concerned of current full/corporate membership from the relevant national institute/association that is a full member of the European Council of Spatial Planners.

  • Download Application form here.

To upgrade your membership from Graduate to Corporate, please login to your member account and submit your application through the Upgrade your Membership portal here.