What is CIPD Level 5? HR Qualifications Explained

As you may already know from your own research or word of mouth, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) offers internationally recognised HR and L&D qualifications for those individuals looking to begin or enhance their career in the booming people profession.

In our first blog of this series last month, we went into detail on the CIPD Level 3 HR qualification. This month, however, for our second blog in our series, we’re taking a closer look at the associate level qualification offered by the CIPD.

Let’s jump in!


What is CIPD Level 5? 

The CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management, roughly equivalent to an undergraduate degree, is a step up from the CIPD Level 3 qualification.

In line with the new CIPD Profession Map, this qualification enables you to explore a broad range of HR practices across essential areas, including recruitment, talent management, and employment law, ultimately empowering you to develop your practical and analytical skills so you can apply them directly to your current or desired mid-level HR role.

Studying a CIPD Level 5 Diploma also comes with a number of benefits and resources from the CIPD, including a CIPD Associate Membership that will add credibility to your sought-after skills, experience, and commitment to deliver on organisational needs.

Simply adding to your CV that you’re studying for this prestigious qualification will help make you a top applicant for potential employers or help you stand out in your current organisation.


Is the CIPD Level 5 qualification for me? 

The CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma may be right for you if any of the following points apply:

  • You’ve already completed the Foundation level qualification or have basic HR experience 
  • You’re looking to take the next step in your HR career
  • You’re currently in or aspiring to take on a mid-level HR role (i.e. HR Manager or HR Business Partner), or 
  • You simply want to add value to your organisation by upskilling with a professional and well-recognised qualification

All in all, the CIPD Level 5 qualification was created for HR professionals who want to gain the knowledge and skills to impress employers, get ahead, and deliver better results at work.

Keep in mind that while there are no formal entry requirements, this course is designed for those who already have some HR experience. You must also be 18+ to enrol.


How long is the CIPD Level 5 course? 

Being that the CIPD Level 5 Diploma is offered by many providers through a number of different methods, how long it takes you to complete this qualification will depend on how you choose to study (i.e. online, in-person, or via blended learning), whether you work part-time or full-time, and what other commitments you may have outside of work.

That being said, however, when you study with DPG, we find that most students complete their Level 5 qualification within 9 to 12 months when studying online or through blended learning.

How much does the CIPD Level 5 Diploma cost? 

The answer to this question will vary depending on the provider you choose and which method of study you prefer, but in general, the CIPD Level 5 qualification typically costs between £2,999 and £3,700.

If you choose to study with DPG though, we can help your financial wellness by spreading the cost of your course over 18 months - with zero interest!
We also offer low deposits and no credit checks so you can get ahead in your career without breaking the bank.

To add, you’ll also gain free access to the award-winning online DPG Community, where you’ll benefit from tons of online resources to elevate your knowledge and skills.


How will I be assessed? 

The CIPD Level 5 Diploma covers three core units, three specialist units, and one optional unit for you to study.

For each of these modules, you’ll complete a written assignment that you’ll hand in online to be marked by our assessors.

And don’t worry! If for some reason you don’t pass one of your assignments the first time, you’ll have the option to have another go with tailored feedback and advice from your CIPD tutor!

We hope that this blog has given you a better idea about whether the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma is for you, and how you can build and experience a career you’re proud of when you study with us!

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