Which CIPD Level is Right for Me?

CIPD Levels 3, 5 and 7 Unravelled

If you are interested in advancing your career in Human Resources, there has never been a better time to gain a professional qualification.  Not only has the global pandemic thrust HR into the spotlight but the CIPD this year launched five brand new qualifications to ensure anyone working in the people profession is equipped with the latest knowledge and skills to get ahead.

As established specialists in HR and L&D, we understand that taking the plunge to study for a professional qualification is not an easy decision.  There are so many options to consider. How to learn? What do levels 3,5 and 7 mean? Do I need to gain Foundation, Associate or Advanced Membership to progress? And, if you are just starting out in the profession you may be unfamiliar with the CIPD.

We’re here to explain everything you need to know about choosing the right course to suit your learning needs and there is no better place to start our back to basics guide than with the CIPD itself.

What is the CIPD?

CIPD stands for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  It’s the professional body for HR and people development with over 160,000 members worldwide. Founded more than 100 years ago, the CIPD defines its purpose as championing better work and better working lives. CIPD . qualifications are highly respected and globally recognised. They demonstrate to employers the level of professional competence in human resources or L&D that has been achieved. The qualifications lead to two levels of CIPD membership – Foundation and Associate – both of which will help you build your professional competence and credibility at work.  If you gain the Advanced Diploma, you will become an Associate Member at the end of your qualification and may be eligible to upgrade to Chartered Member, depending on your experience.

Do I want to study HR or L&D?

Next on your to do list is to consider whether you want to study Human Resources or Learning Development.

Human Resources also known as People Management

HR is all about how to improve organisations through the better use of people – whether this is about developing current team members, finding and hiring new talent or creating more efficient management systems. The people function plays a vital role in both organisation performance and individual careers.

HR or People Management qualifications cover a wide range of generalist and specialist HR skills including: employment relations, reward management, resourcing and employment law, plus some brand new units such as wellbeing and diversity and inclusion.

Learning and Development

L&D aims to improve the organisation and its individuals through the upskilling and development of its people. Overall, L&D is about understanding the organisation strategy and its future capability in order to identify learning priorities across the business.  For individuals, it’s about creating learning environments where employees can continuously develop.

L&D qualifications focus on: organisational performance and the planning and delivery of training and technology enhanced learning.

What level of study do I want to achieve?

This really depends on your experience and existing knowledge. CIPD qualifications are available at three levels.

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