CIPD Level 3

Foundation Certificate in People Practice

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What our CIPD Level 3 course offers

Choose from a 100% online or blended learning programme

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A comprehensive foundation in essential HR and L&D skills

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What is a CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate?

The CIPD Level 3 Certificate in People Practice is the gateway qualification to entering the popular HR and L&D professions.

The course is based on the CIPD Profession Map, which sets the international standards for the People Profession and lays out the skills you need at each stage of your career – so you can be sure that what you learn with us will be practical, relevant, and useful in your everyday work.  

What are the benefits of the CIPD Level 3 qualification?

Having the CIPD Foundation Certificate on your CV shows employers you have the skills they’re looking for in entry-level HR and L&D roles, helping you kickstart your career even if you have no previous experience.

During this CIPD Level 3 course, you’ll gain valuable knowledge across the key areas of HR and L&D including the core behaviours for people professionals, the essentials of people practice, and the principles of analytics.

Successfully completing the CIPD Level 3 Certificate in People Practice will allow you to gain CIPD Foundation Membership and, when you’re ready, move on to studying the Associate Diploma.

Level 3 Certificate FAQs

The CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice is right for you if:

  • You want to build a career in the people profession
  • You're looking for your first HR or L&D job
  • You're currently working in an entry-level people role such as HR Assistant

The Foundation Certificate is designed to give you the practical skills and knowledge you need to get your foot in the door, find your first job in HR or L&D, and stand out as part of the next generation of people professionals.

As the CIPD Foundation course is designed for newcomers to the people profession, you don't need any previous HR or L&D experience to get started, and there are no formal entry requirements.

As long as you're 18+ and have good literacy and numeracy skills, you're good to go.

We find it takes most students around 7 to 9 months to complete the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate.

However, everyone is different, so bear in mind this might change depending on your circumstances and how much time you have to study each week.

At DPG, we pride ourselves on helping you get CIPD qualified without breaking the bank.

If you’re paying for your course yourself, you can spread the cost over up to 15 months, and you won’t pay any extra – all our payment plans are totally interest free.

They also come with low deposits and no credit checks, making it easy and affordable to get ahead in your career.

If your employer is paying for your course (or if you’d like them to!), our advisors can help you put together a business case showing the benefits of studying CIPD.

Give us a ring on 0330 660 0220 to find out more.

We give you two options, so you can choose a style of learning that suits you.

Our 100% online programme gives you a totally flexible experience that helps you fit CIPD into your life. You can access your course, resources, and webinars online anytime, anywhere.

Prefer more face-to-face learning? Our blended programmes offer a unique combination of exclusive live virtual workshops delivered by expert facilitators, webinars, online learning and community collaboration.

For more info on how blended or online learning works, give us a ring or shoot us an email. Our friendly advisors would be happy to chat you through the process!

The CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate is made up of 4 modules that cover the key areas of basic HR and L&D:

  • Business, culture and change in context
  • Principles of analytics
  • Core behaviours for people professionals
  • Essentials of people practice

For more details on what you'll learn, download your free CIPD brochure.

For every module you study, you'll complete a written assignment. You'll hand these in online where they'll be marked by our assessors and moderated by CIPD.

And don't worry – if you don't pass an assignment first time, you'll be able to have another go with feedback and advice from your tutor. We’ve got your back!

Yes, you should join CIPD as a Student Member before you submit your first assignment for your Level 3 Certificate. You need to be a member so CIPD can moderate your assignments, award your grades, and give you your qualification – so it’s pretty important!

We’ll explain how to join as a Student Member once you enrol. Bear in mind you’ll pay an annual Student Membership fee to CIPD too.

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