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How Much Does a CIPD Qualification Cost?

A CIPD qualification is the perfect career stepping stone, whether you want to start towards a career in the people profession or simply advance in your current role. This means that - with courses offered in both HR and L&D - enrolling on a CIPD course can take you from industry novice to industry expert in no time.

However, these distinguished qualifications are offered by a wide range of different providers at varying costs, so it can be difficult to narrow down which one is best suited for you.

To give you a hand, we’re laying out just how much CIPD qualification can cost you to give you the best chance at spending your hard-earned money wisely.

CIPD Qualifications 

Before we dive into how much CIPD qualifications cost, you should first be aware that there are three levels of CIPD qualifications: Level 3, Level 5, and Level 7. Typically, these levels relate to the level of experience a learner already has, with the higher levels best suited for those HR and L&D professionals who have more industry knowledge, skills, and experience. 

The CIPD Level 3 Qualification

A great qualification for beginners, the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice is ideal for those just starting out in either HR or L&D and can help land you land an entry-level role like an HR Assistant or Training Practitioner.

The CIPD Level 5 Qualifications

Perfect for those with some experience in HR or L&D or a related degree, the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management and the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning & Development are both courses that will help open doors for you if you want to advance into mid-level management roles, such as an HR Advisor or an L&D Manager.

The CIPD Level 7 Qualifications

Equivalent to a postgraduate degree, the CIPD Level 7 Diploma in Strategic People Management and the CIPD Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development are ideal for those with significant HR or L&D experience who are looking to prepare for strategic senior roles, such as HR Director or Senior L&D Advisor.

The Costs of CIPD Qualifications 

While the price of CIPD qualifications will differ depending on location, provider, programme, and learning method, below we cover the general ranges for CIPD HR and L&D qualifications.

Studying CIPD with DPG 

While it’s entirely up to you which CIPD provider you choose to enrol with, when you study with us at DPG, we give you the opportunity to choose between either an online or blended learning programme - allowing you to pick the learning method that best suits your lifestyle.

Online learning is a great choice if you need the flexibility to learn independently at your own pace, on your own time. This not only saves you the time it takes to commute to face-to-face classroom settings, but it also saves you money as you won’t need to invest in physical textbooks being that everything you need is 100% online.

Our blended learning programmes, on the other hand, are perfect if you prefer a more traditional learning method as they give you a distinctive combination of in-person workshops, webinars, online learning, and DPG community collaboration.

Regardless of which method you choose, both options are available on DPG’s extended interest-free payment plans with low deposits and monthly payments to help you spread the cost over time. 

All qualifications come with a wide range of other benefits including:

  • No extra costs: All workshops, webinars, and materials are included in the price of your course (excluding the CIPD Membership fee).
  • Free access to the DPG Community: With full access to our award-winning online DPG Professional Development Community with more than 12,000 members in the people profession.
  • Exceptional support: Direct access to support whenever you need it with our Learner Experience team.
  • 24/7 programme access: Designed to suit your learning needs, allowing you to study when and where you need to (so long as you have access to Wi-fi).


If you want to stand out as an exceptional people professional, taking on a CIPD qualification will no doubt help you enhance your skills, increase your salary, and progress your career.

If, on top of that, you want to save some money while still benefitting from an innovative and immersive learning experience, DPG will give you the best value for your money and the best bet for your CIPD success.


For more information on our CIPD programmes, get in touch with our Programme Advisors today and start your learning journey right away! 

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