Why us? Find out what Watson Martin candidates already know!

If you are looking to develop your career in HR or L&D with a CIPD qualification then here are seven reasons why you should choose Watson Martin for your learning journey.

Dedicated one-to-one support

We really value the personal touch and all our candidates are supported by the same dedicated adviser throughout their CIPD studies.  These specialists in HR and L&D are based throughout the country and all have a wealth of industry experience along with a genuine interest in the development of others.

Something for everyone

Unlike other CIPD centres, Watson Martin offers the full range of Certificate, Diploma and Award programmes at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels. We also provide the widest choice of optional CIPD modules and units, so our candidates can tailor their programme to the workplace.

Learn in the classroom or online

Whether you want to study in the classroom or enjoy the flexibility of online learning, we have the programme to meet your needs.  And remember whichever delivery method you choose, all our programmes include one-to-one support by a specialist adviser throughout!

Workshops – one day classroom based programmes held in central London, Birmingham and Manchester for most of our programmes.

Online – learn in your own time and at your own pace with our flexible online programmes supported with a range of study materials via our Virtual Learning Environment

Fast track – webinar based learning for those who want to get CIPD qualified in a hurry.

Bespoke – build your own personalised programme mixing workshops and webinars with online learning.

Use your work based evidence to inform your learning

Watson Martin is one of only a few select CIPD centres approved to allow candidates to use their practical experiences at work as part of their assessment process. This competency based assessment is known as mixed mode learning and is really valued by candidates with bags of experience.


Watson Martin consistently achieves the highest CIPD Quality Assurance rating. This means the CIPD is very confident that there is no risk to the integrity of the qualification or the brand.

Super success rates

Our exam results for the CIPD Advanced Diploma are consistently well above the national average. In May, the most recently published results, Watson Martin students outperformed the national average for both Advanced exams by 16 percent.  We think that’s something to shout about!

Total flexibility

Choose how you want to learn and where you want to study.  Start when you want and study at a pace that suits your needs. Our total flexibility will ensure you get CIPD qualified without putting your life on hold!

Remember we offer interest free payments for self funders and will price match like for like programmes.