Which CIPD Course is Right for You?

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Use our easy-to-follow breakdown to find the course that's most suited to your current level of expertise.

There are five CIPD qualifications for you to choose from:

  • One qualification at Level 3 that covers both HR and L&D
  • Two qualifications at Level 5, one in HR and one in L&D
  • Two qualifications at Level 7, one in HR and one in L&D

Learn more about each qualification below.

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

The CIPD Associate Diploma provides valuable insights into key areas in people management including organisational performance, evidence-based practice, talent management and employment law, fostering a deep level of understanding and application.

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CIPD Level 5
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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 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 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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CIPD Level 7