Prior to next month’s membership and licence renewal process, we kindly ask our members to log in (click here) and check that your details are up to date. Thank you.

The application process

Membership criteria for all membership categories and application forms can be found here.

Membership applications are considered by the Board at their regular meetings, and license applications are considered by the Regulation and Conduct Committee. The Board or Committee may sometimes have extra questions, and the secretariat may contact you to follow up. If you are applying for a licence and have been licensed by another body, we may contact that body for information about your past experience. The outcome of your application will be communicated to you as soon as a decision has been made.


The IPA Membership team is available to answer any queries you may have about whether and how you meet the membership criteria and completion of your application. Click here to contact our Membership Officer.


If you are also interested in obtaining a licence to act as an insolvency practitioner or transferring your licence to the IPA, our IP licence criteria can be found here


If you take appointments, or are thinking of taking appointments under fixed charges which fall outside the statutory regulatory framework, you may wish to consider registration under the fixed charge receiver scheme run by the IPA with the Royal Chartered Institute of Surveyors and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. 


If you are already a member and wish to change your membership category – for example, you have passed the certificate of proficiency examination and want to transfer from student to affiliate or individual ordinary membership, or you have permanently retired from professional work or business – you can login and change your membership category here


Forms to renew your membership and to renew your insolvency practitioner licence will be sent out to you automatically in October. Your renewal for membership should be returned by no later than 31 December for membership; and your renewal of licence by no later than 30 November.