Membership fee related FAQ

Are there any discounts available?

If your employer or training provider is a CIMSPA employer partner, or corporate partner, then you may be eligible for up to 20% discount on your first year’s membership fee.

How can I pay?

You can pay in instalments by direct debit, or pay in full by cheque, credit or debit card, bank transfer or direct debit. Details of payment options available are sent with your subscription renewal invoice.

If you wish to pay in instalments you must pay by direct debit. If you pay by any other method, payment must be made in full within 28 days of your renewal date.

If I pay by Direct Debit instalments, is my membership subscription due monthly?

No, your renewal subscription is due upon renewal for the full year in all instances, even if you settle this over time (monthly or quarterly) by agreed instalments.

Can my employer pay?

Yes - however, the invoice cannot be addressed directly to the employer as it is you as an individual who is our member, and therefore liable for payment, not your organisation. Alternatively, some employers may require you to pay the subscription renewal in the first instance, before they then reimburse you. As a personal liability the VAT shown on your invoice is non-recoverable, even where paid by the employer.

Where your employer pays on your behalf, or alternatively reimburses you, this is usually because membership of the professional body is a requirement of your contract of employment. You should therefore liaise with your employer’s Human Resources department regarding the process for instigating payment or reimbursement.

The change in invoicing arrangements has become necessary following the transition to CIMSPA. It should not pose any difficulty to your employer, but should this be the case please have your employer contact us for clarification.

Do I need to complete another Direct Debit Mandate for each subscription year?

In most cases your existing direct debit mandate will continue indefinitely unless and until such time as it is formally cancelled. There may be some circumstances where a new mandate is required, but where this applies we will contact you separately.

On what date will Direct Debits be taken?

We have a single collection date each month, on or soon after the 15th of the month.

Can I claim my membership subscription against tax?

We regret that you cannot currently claim the subscription against tax in most cases where paid personally. If your employer pays on your behalf, or reimburses you, this will constitute a “Benefit in Kind. Qualifying professional subscriptions appear on the HMRC “list 3” .”