CIPD Level 5

Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning & Development

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What is the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in L&D?

The CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development is an L&D qualification developed by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). It’s roughly equivalent to an undergraduate degree.

The CIPD Associate Diploma is the right choice for you if you have some L&D experience or if you've completed the CIPD Foundation course.

Based on the CIPD Profession Map, the Level 5 Diploma will help you stand out to employers, take on managerial L&D roles, and build a career you're proud of.

What are the benefits of a Level 5 L&D qualification?

By enrolling on a CIPD Level 5 course, you’ll develop practical, hands-on knowledge in a wide range of L&D subjects, from social learning to organisational performance – helping you to upgrade your skills and get ahead in your training career.

Successfully completing the CIPD Level 5 L&D Diploma will allow you to become a CIPD Associate Member, as well as opening up your path to studying the prestigious CIPD Advanced Diploma in L&D.

Why is this course right for you?

Getting CIPD qualified with DPG is the no-nonsense way to enhance your CV, progress your career and boost your earning potential.

  • Earn more: 75% of our CIPD students increase their earning potential 
  • Transform your career: 78% secure a new job or promotion
  • Upgrade your skills: 83% of our students say CIPD made them more confident at work
  • Enhance your credibility: 86% say CIPD increased their professional credibility

Don't just take our word for it, 92% of our students recommend a CIPD course.†

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Level 5 L&D Diploma FAQs

The CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational L&D is right for you if:

  • You want to take the next step in your L&D career
  • You have some L&D experience or a CIPD Level 3 qualification
  • You're currently in, or aiming for, a mid-level position like L&D Manager
  • You want to help shape learning and development in your organisation

The Associate Diploma is designed to give you the skills and knowledge you need to become a next-generation L&D professional, succeed in a management role, and make a real difference in your organisation.

The CIPD Associate Diploma in Organisational L&D is designed for learners who are 18+ and usually have some previous experience in L&D, although that's not essential.

You should also have good literacy and numeracy skills.

We find it takes most students around 9 to 11 months to complete the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational L&D. To give you plenty of flexibility, we offer a support period of 12 months.

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 18 months, and you won’t pay any extra – all our payment plans are totally interest-free*.

We also offer low deposits, so it's 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 your L&D course into your life. You can access your course, resources, and webinars online anytime.

Prefer a more traditional learning experience? Our blended programmes give you a unique combination of exclusive virtual workshops delivered by expert L&D tutors, 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 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational L&D covers a wide range of L&D topics:

  • Organisational performance and culture in practice
  • Evidence based practice
  • Professional behaviours and valuing people
  • Supporting self-directed and social learning
  • Learning and development design to create value
  • Facilitate personalised and performance-focussed learning

You'll also get to pick one optional module from the following list:

  • Leadership and management development
  • Advances in digital learning and development
  • People management in an international context
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Well-being at work
  • Specialist employment law

For more details on what you'll learn, download your free CIPD Level 5 L&D 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 5 Diploma. 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.

Learn more about CIPD Membership.

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† Statistics from a survey of 37 CIPD students who graduated between 2018 and 2022.