Inspire and Develop HR Professionals through CIPD Qualifications and Apprenticeships

Watson Martin is a leading provider of CIPD qualifications, HR and L&D apprenticeships, in-company courses and consultancy for individuals and corporate clients.

A CIPD Approved Centre, we have supported thousands of HR and L&D professionals to develop the skills they need to enhance their careers. Whatever the size of your organisation, we will always provide the highest quality of service and the best solution for your learning needs.


What really ensures we stand out from the crowd is our personal touch.  Watson Martin candidates and apprentices are all supported throughout their studies by a dedicated adviser who has a wealth of industry experience and a genuine interest in their career development. This expert tuition, combined with our comprehensive range of online learning materials, will ensure you will receive the absolute best support during your time with us. 

Watson Martin was established in 2004 when two senior HR practitioners, Heather Watson and Melanie Martin, saw there was a need for CIPD programmes to be flexibly delivered.  Both specialists in their field, they believed that more successful results could be achieved if learning methods were personalised and tailored to the individual.  Their idea led to the formation of Watson Martin and a long-term partnership with the UK recruitment company, Reed. In 2021 Watson Martin became part of Reed Learning, a member of the Reed Group.  Being part of the Reed Group gives us the support, infrastructure and scalability to deliver high-quality training and professional development across the globe.

Today, our business has grown to offer the full range of HR and L&D CIPD qualifications at Foundation, Associate and Advanced levels along with the widest selection of units offered by any CIPD centre.  We continually achieve higher than the national average exam results and are proud of our outstanding CIPD quality assurance rating.

Study high quality, bespoke learning at your own pace, anywhere, anytime with ongoing support from a personal adviser

We offer a unique blend of delivery methods that combine academic learning with practical experiences in the workplace as part of the assessment process. This competency based approach is known as “tailored” and we are one of the few CIPD centres to offer this form of delivery.  Whether you choose one of our workshop study routes or opt for the flexibility of a fully online programme, we don’t just leave it up to you!  With expert advisers in ten different regions across the country, we will be with you every step of your journey to becoming CIPD qualified.

In January 2018, Watson Martin was approved to deliver apprenticeships (RoATP*) and we now work with levy paying organisations, individuals and in collaboration with other training providers to deliver HR and L&D Levels 3, 5 and 7 apprenticeship programmes. Our innovative blended learning approach ensures the apprenticeship meets the 20 percent off-the-job requirement in the most effective way for the apprentice and the organisation.

Watson Martin also offers management and soft-skills courses, specialist consultancy services and CIPD graduate training on an in-company basis. We have successfully delivered programmes to organisations including Royal Bank of Scotland, Centrica, Thames Water, ASDA, American Express and many more.

Whichever programme you choose with Watson Martin, our flexibility and personalised approach will put you in control of your learning journey. From beginner to expert, we always go the extra mile to support our learners. But don’t take our word for it!  Over 800 candidates on the independent website Coursecheck give us a 4.6 out of the top 5 star rating for their overall learning experience.  Contact us now for more information and transform your career.

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