Apprenticeship: HR Consultant/Partner Level 5

HR plays a pivotal role in any organisation and those completing the HR Consultant/Partner apprenticeship will use their HR expertise to provide and lead the delivery of HR solutions to business challenges.

Individuals will provide tailored advice to the business in a number of HR areas, typically to mid-level and senior managers, influencing managers to change their thinking as well as bringing best practice into the organisation. They will often be required to make decisions and recommendations on what the business can or should do in a specific situation.

Apprentices could be in a generalist role, where they provide support across a range of HR areas – likely to be the Core HR option; or a specialist role, where they focus on and have in depth expertise in a specific area of HR – likely to be Resourcing, Total Reward, Organisation Development, or HR Operations.

Typical job titles may include, Human resources consultant, HR business partner and HR manager.


The HR Consultant/Partner apprenticeship duration is approximately 2-3 years, with an additional 12 weeks to complete the End Point Assessment (EPA). However, if the apprentice has already completed the Level 3 HR Support apprenticeship the HR Consultant/Partner apprenticeship could be completed in 18 months.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements are set by the employer, but may include 3 A-levels, including Maths and English. Some employers will accept other relevant experience or a relevant Level 3 qualification.

Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this before taking the End Point Assessment.

On-programme Learning

Apprentices are required to complete the CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management qualification.

Throughout the programme apprentices will be supported, coached and guided by an industry expert Adviser and have access to our substantive Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Progress will be tracked through our ePortfolio system, OneFile. Apprentices will follow an individual learning plan and complete tasks and activities to support each of the components and requirements of the HR Partner/Consultant apprenticeship.

End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment takes place once the apprentice has completed all the on-programme requirements of the apprenticeship and is an assessment of the Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours. The End Point Assessment is carried out by an independent End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), chosen by the employer.

This End Point Assessment will include:

Consultative Project

The Consultative Project must be a significant piece of work over a 10-week period and be based on one of five project briefs. An example would be to deliver a project which creates an HR solution to an organisational problem. Upon completion of the project a 5000-word report is submitted to the EPAO.

Professional Discussion

Following submission of the Consultative Project the apprentice will complete a Professional Discussion. Lasting around 60 minutes the Professional Discussion gives the apprentice the opportunity to make detailed and proactive contributions through discussion to confirm their competency across the necessary skills and behaviours.


Successful completion of this standard enables the apprentice to apply to become an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of personnel and development (CIPD). Those successful may choose to progress onto the Level 7 Senior People Professional apprenticeship.

Those successful may choose to progress onto the Level 7 Senior People Professional apprenticeship.