What is CIPD?

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.

CIPD Level 3

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 existing HR Administrator/Officer looking to progress
  • Looking for expert advice along the way

The CIPD Foundation Certificate provides practical insights into key areas in people practice including core behaviours for people professionals, essentials of people practice and principles of analytics. In short — everything you need to kickstart your career in People Practice.

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CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

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

  • An aspiring or existing HR Manager/Business Partner
  • Looking to further your knowledge of the People Profession
  • Looking for the next step in your career

On the Associate Diploma you will study a wide breadth of HR principles, learning to evaluate the intricacies and effectiveness of HR models and practices. You will gain practical insights into key topics including resourcing, organisational performance, and evidence-based practice.

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CIPD Level 7

CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management

Our CIPD Level 7 course is ideal if you are:

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

The CIPD Advanced Diploma provides in-depth insights into advanced areas of strategic people management including business research, strategic resourcing and reward, and employment law, giving you the high-level skills you need to succeed in senior roles.

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CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice

This programme is right for you if you’re:

  • New to Learning & Development
  • An administrator/officer looking to build a promising career in L&D
  • Looking for expert help and advice along the way

You’ll gain valuable insights into a range of HR and L&D subjects, including analytics, the essentials of people practice, and the core behaviours expected of people professionals – helping you take the first step in your L&D career.

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CIPD Level 5

CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning & Development

This programme is right for you if you’re:

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

The CIPD Level 5 Diploma will give you the knowledge and skills to be a next-generation L&D Manager. You’ll develop a deep understanding of the L&D function, including performance-focused learning, self-directed and social learning, and evidence-based practice.

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CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development

This programme is right for you if you’re:

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

The CIPD Advanced Diploma gives you the high-level skills and capabilities 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.

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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.