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Affiliate Member

An applicant for Affiliate Membership should usually:

  • Have passed the Joint Insolvency Examination (JIE) set by the Joint Insolvency Examination Board (JIEB); or
  • Have passed the JIEB Personal Insolvency Paper and in the last three years have more than 400 hours’ engagement in insolvency administration; or
  • Have passed the JIEB Company Insolvency Papers and in the last three years have more than 500 hours’ higher experience in insolvency administration; or
  • Have passed the IPA Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency Examination (CPI); or
  • In the last five years, have more than 2000 hours’ insolvency administration experience; or
  • Have made a significant contribution to the knowledge and practice of insolvency.


  • Insolvency related work is defined in the Articles as work requiring knowledge and understanding of current UK insolvency legislation and practice and would include working in a general accountancy, legal or equivalent practice, or in a banking or financial institution, or other business or organisation, or in a government department or agency or public authority where insolvency knowledge and understanding is relevant, as well as advisory and representative work for an insolvency practitioner or anyone who is a party to or whose interests are affected by insolvency or reorganisation or reconstruction of an insolvent’s affairs (whether or not subject to a formal insolvency procedure).
  • Significant part is defined in the Membership Guidance Criteria as an average of 400 hours a year in each of the five years preceding the application.
  • Significant contribution to the knowledge and practice of insolvency is for the Board to judge, but would include authorship of recognised published insolvency books, articles and research; applicants on this basis should submit a summary of the matters which they would invite the Board to consider in support of their application.

Your Experience and Qualifications

If you have passed the CPI or the JIE, there are no experience or other qualification requirements to become an Affiliate Member; but the information requested will nevertheless be helpful to us to know something about your background. If you are applying on the basis of insolvency related work experience, this should be confirmed by your employer(s). If your application is on a significant contribution basis, your experience and qualifications will be helpful to us in considering it.

Your Sponsors

Your application should be supported by two sponsors:

  • an Insolvency Practitioner (IP); and
  • another IP, or a member of a professional body, or some other person of standing, who are each able to vouch for your good character and suitability to become an Affiliate Member of the IPA.

Your sponsors should provide a letter addressed to the President of the IPA (not “to whom it may concern”) setting out:

  • his/her full name, address, telephone and e-mail;
  • his/her job title/position and any qualifications, honours and decorations;
  • the capacity in which he/she has known you, and for how long; and
  • his/her view of your character and suitability to be an Affiliate Member of the IPA.

Your Suitability

The IPA may make further and other enquiries of third parties as it considers appropriate to satisfy itself as to your suitability to be an Affiliate Member.

Membership Fee 2020

Should your membership not be accepted by the Association, we will refund the fee in full.

New Members: Entrance Fee £160
Affiliate Membership (employed by a Firm Member) £285
Affiliate Membership (employed by a Non-Firm Member) £345
TOTAL (Member Firm) £445
TOTAL (Non-Member Firm) £505