Students and graduates


Improve your employability prospects and get your career off to a great start with CIMSPA student and graduate membership options.

We'll give you support to reach your career goals, as well as free ongoing CPD, networking opportunities and affordable access to your chartered professional body.

Student membership

CIMSPA student membership introduces students studying sport and physical activity-related education programmes to their sector’s chartered professional body and supports them through their studies to develop skills and improve employability, ready for a smooth transition to the workplace.

Membership benefits

  • Access to selected FREE recognised CPD eLearning through the CIMSPA Academy.
  • Digital access to S&PA Professional, the quarterly CIMSPA magazine, and access to the magazine archive.
  • S&PA Extra – our magazine’s monthly digital newsletter.
  • Access to graduate work placement, volunteering, internships and job opportunities.
  • Engagement – linking employers with students and providing opportunities through guest lectures to develop skills and behaviours essential to the modern workplace.
  • Code of conduct – your introduction to the standards expected of sector professionals as part of their personal development.

Membership requirements

You will be studying (evidence required) in further or higher education on a sport and physical activity-related education programme. All members are subject to the CIMSPA member code of conduct.

Membership fee

£30 per year (inc VAT)

If you are studying with one of our higher education partners or associate partners on a CIMSPA endorsed or associated course, you qualify for a discount. Speak to a faculty member to find out how to access this.

Graduate membership

CIMSPA Graduate membership introduces graduates who have completed sport and physical activity-related education programmes to their sector’s chartered professional body and supports them after their studies to develop skills and improve employability, ready for a smooth transition to the workplace.

Membership benefits

  • Access to selected FREE recognised CPD eLearning through the CIMSPA Academy.
  • Digital access to S&PA Professional, the quarterly CIMSPA magazine, and access to the magazine archive.
  • S&PA Extra – our magazine’s monthly digital newsletter.
  • Access to graduate work placement, volunteering, internships and job opportunities.
  • Engagement – linking employers with students and providing opportunities through guest lectures to develop skills and behaviours essential to the modern workplace.
  • Code of conduct – your introduction to the standards expected of sector professionals as part of their personal development.

Membership requirements

You will hold a CIMSPA endorsed qualification/degree in further or higher education on a sport and physical activity-related education programme. All members are subject to the CIMSPA member code of conduct.

Membership fee

£30 per year (inc VAT)




Membership application

Step 1 - Preparing for the membership application

Before beginning the membership sign up process please ensure you have access to:
  • Your email.
  • A copy of your certificates, awards, degrees, and/or CPD.
  • A debit or credit card.
For the simplest sign up experience we recommend using a laptop, desktop or tablet.

Step 2 - Sign Up

  • Once you have identified a membership category and read the membership category eligibility criteria please create an account on Tahdah.
  • If you have previously been or are currently a CIMSPA member please select the click ‘Yes’.
  • If this is the first time you are applying to become a CIMSPA member please click ‘No’.
  • You will need to enter your details into the ‘Sign Up’ section and if you have previously used the Tahdah platform with another membership body you will need to enter in your Existing Candidate ID.

Step 3 - Receive a verification email and follow the instructions

  • Once you have received the verification email please follow the instructions and click on the link to verify your account.

Step 4 - Welcome to your profile membership home page

  • You will then be directed to your profile membership home page. From here you can continue your membership application by clicking on the ‘join now’ or the ‘membership’ tab.
  • Once here you will be guided through filling in your remaining details, selecting the right membership category and type, filling in prerequisites for qualifications and CPD, email preferences and payment options.

Step 5 - CIMSPA will review the application and approve it via email

  • Once your application has been completed it will be reviewed and approved by the CIMSPA Client Engagement Team.



Join CIMSPA today
For further information on completing your account and starting your membership application please see the user guide below.

Document Membership sign-up user guide


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