What is CIPD?

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Learn more about the leading professional body for HR and L&D in the UK.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) acts as the professional body for the HR and L&D profession in the UK and worldwide. They’ve been championing better work and personal development for more than 100 years and have more than 150,000 members worldwide.

DPG are a fully approved CIPD provider in both HR and L&D with 30 years of experience and over 25,000 successful students.

What are CIPD qualifications and membership?

A CIPD qualification is a globally recognised qualification in HR or L&D that acts as a gateway to long-term career advancements within the People Profession.

With a CIPD membership, you’ll gain exclusive access to the latest research and updates from the experts themselves, plus the credibility that comes with being a CIPD Foundation, Associate, or Chartered Member. 

Which CIPD qualifications are available?

CIPD courses, both in HR and L&D, are available at three levels:

  • Level 3 (Foundation) — Equivalent level to A-Levels
  • Level 5 (Associate) — Equivalent level to an undergraduate degree
  • Level 7 (Advanced) — Equivalent level to a postgraduate degree

At DPG, we have a number of CIPD courses available, providing you with the support and resources you need to advance your career.

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CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice

Our CIPD Level 3 course is ideal for you if you are:

  • New to the People Profession
  • An HR Administrator/Officer looking to progress
  • Looking for expert support along the way

The CIPD Foundation Certificate will teach you the essential skills you need for entry-level HR and L&D roles, ranging from the employee lifecycle to recruitment and employment law. In short — everything you need to kickstart your career in People Practice, with no prior experience needed.

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CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

Our CIPD Level 5 course is ideal for you if you are:

  • A current or aspiring HR Manager/Business Partner
  • Switching career to HR and looking to start at a higher level
  • Looking for the next step in your career

The CIPD Associate Diploma covers a wide range of evidence-based HR principles and practices, including talent management, workforce planning, employment law and reward. With a Level 5 qualification, you won’t just succeed in mid-level HR roles – you’ll stand out.

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CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management

Our CIPD Level 7 course is ideal if you are:

  • Currently in, or looking to progress to, a senior HR role
  • Involved in designing HR strategies and policies
  • Looking to gain Chartered Membership of the CIPD

The CIPD Advanced Diploma will give you in-depth insights into senior HR topics such as business research, strategic resourcing and reward, and employment relations. If you want to become a respected HR leader, this course is for you.

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CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice

Our CIPD Level 3 course is ideal for you if you're:

  • New to the People Profession
  • An L&D Assistant who wants to progress
  • Looking for expert support along the way

The CIPD Foundation Certificate will teach you the essential skills you need for entry-level L&D and HR roles, ranging from ethics to data analytics, helping you kickstart your career in People Practice.

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CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning & Development

Our CIPD Level 5 programme is right for you if you’re:

  • A current or aspiring L&D Manager/Business Partner
  • Ready to further your knowledge of L&D
  • Looking for the next step in your career

The CIPD Level 5 Diploma will give you a deep understanding of the L&D function, including performance-focused training, social learning, and evidence-based practice. In short – everything you need to become a next-generation L&D Manager.

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CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development

Our CIPD Level 7 course is ideal if you're:

  • Currently in, or looking to progress to, a senior L&D role
  • Involved in designing L&D strategies and policies
  • Looking to gain Chartered membership of the CIPD

The CIPD Advanced Diploma will give you the high-level skills you need to lead the L&D strategy in your organisation. Covering advanced topics like organisational design and development, leadership development, and designing learning to improve performance, this course will help you climb to the top of the career ladder.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A CIPD qualification is a certificate or diploma in people practice, people management or learning and development awarded by the governing body CIPD. CIPD qualifications are the easiest route to becoming a member of the CIPD and developing your credibility within the HR and L&D professions. CIPD qualifications are highly valued and recognised globally.

The length of time it takes to gain a CIPD qualification depends on several factors.

Firstly, it depends on whether you study full-time or part-time. Secondly, it depends on the level – Level 3, 5 or 7. Finally, there is a lot of flexibility about how and when you take your CIPD qualification – whether online, in a classroom, or a mix of the two – and whatever option you choose will affect how long it will take.

Our 100% online and blended learning courses have been designed so that they can fit around work, but whether you study full time or part time depends on your workload, any extra commitments or family demands, and your own personal preferences.

On average, the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate takes around 7 to 9 months to complete.

The CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma generally takes around 12 to 15 months to complete.

The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma usually takes between 18 to 24 months to complete.

At DPG we offer both 100% online and blended workshop-based CIPD programmes, so you can choose which format is best for you.

Our fully online programmes give you a truly flexible experience to help you fit the qualification around your lifestyle while still receiving the same exceptional quality as a traditional workshop-based qualification. You’ll learn through our innovative e-learning platform with interactive learning activities and resources as well as access to live webinars and the online DPG Community.

Our blended learning programmes offer a unique blend of workshops, webinars, e-learning and community collaboration. The workshops are a totally immersive, interactive and collaborative learning experience delivered by a CIPD-approved facilitator with a wealth of industry expertise. Throughout the workshop, you’ll receive expert subject and assessment guidance whilst having the opportunity to share best practice and network with your fellow learners.

Chat to our CIPD advisors to learn more about which option is right for you.

With DPG you’ll receive exceptional levels of support before, during and after your programme, and you’ll be assigned a personal facilitator whose role is to ensure you are successful.

There is also 24/7 support available from the free online DPG Community where you can ask questions, find information and keep up-to-date with all the latest news in HR and L&D.

At DPG, we’re proud to share that of the 25,000 individuals to complete an HR, L&D or management course with us, 96% said they’d choose to use our services again.

We’ve been helping organisations and people improve their skills and business performance for 30 years. We want to help you and your business shape your future.

Our facilitators are specialists in their respective fields, giving you access to top professionals in HR and L&D.

We provide unlimited support across all of our CIPD courses.