FAQs

Deciding to study for a CIPD qualification is an important step to take. Determining which qualification is best for your career is only one aspect of the decision making process. Which study option, how long it will take and what’s included in the cost are all key factors which will influence your choice of qualification provider.

So, to help your research, here are some of our most frequently asked questions. We hope our answers will convince you that Watson Martin Partnership is the right choice to get you CIPD qualified!

If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please call us on 020 7932 2760 for more information.

FAQs

  • We provide a variety of study routes for all three levels of CIPD qualifications:

    • Workshops – classroom based programmes, based in central London locations
    • Online – using learning materials via the VLE
    • Fast track – live interactive webinar based learning
  • Every month! You can start your programme any month that suits you, and your programme will start with a live Induction webinar. Workshop based programmes have scheduled dates throughout the year and candidates have the option to hop on when convenient.

  • Yes, we offer up to 12 monthly interest free instalments for any candidates who are paying for their qualification themselves.

  • Our workshops are held at training rooms in central London, normally in Victoria or the City, between Monday and Friday from 9.30am to around 5pm. Lunch is provided.

  • It couldn’t be easier. Simply click on the link, complete the form and as soon as payment has been received, you will be ready to start your learning journey! 

  • All candidates receive a handbook and induction at the start of their programme detailing what’s involved. Downloadable workbooks are available for most of the modules. Once candidates have joined a programme, they will have access to the extensive resources on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). In addition, CIPD members and student members save 20% on text books and some other materials.

  • All candidates receive one-to-one support from an expert CIPD qualified adviser during normal office hours throughout the duration of their programme. Our extensive library of learning materials is available 24/7 via the VLE.

  • You will have a set number of one-to-one meetings depending on the programme you choose and the delivery style undertaken, and these are arranged directly between you and your adviser during working hours. The meetings can be face-to-face, via Skype or over the phone. There will be email correspondence outside of the meetings and feedback sessions for draft pieces of work which normally take place over the phone.

  • You will have a set number of one-to-one meetings depending on the programme you choose and the delivery style undertaken, and these are arranged directly between you and your adviser during working hours. The meetings can be face-to-face, via Skype or over the phone. There will be email correspondence outside of the meetings and feedback sessions for draft pieces of work which normally take place over the phone.

  • Learning contracts are given to all candidates and differ in length depending on level and programme type. These vary from 9 months for a Fast Track Foundation, to 2 years for an Advanced Diploma.

  • Although we encourage all candidates to participate in our live webinars, we appreciate that life can sometimes get in the way of learning!  As a result, all our webinars are recorded so candidates can request these are sent to them by members of the Centre Management Team.

  • This varies depending on the level of studying. Foundation and Intermediate Certificates usually require 6 pieces of work and the Diploma 8 pieces of written work depending on optional units chosen.  The Advanced Certificate requires 4 units to be completed, and the Diploma includes 6 pieces of written work and 2 exams over an 18 to 24 month period. Whatever the level, the timescale allowed provides ample time for candidates to complete their written work.

  • There are no exams if you are studying for Foundation or Intermediate level qualifications.  The Advanced Diploma in HR Management or HR Development include two compulsory examinations – Leading Managing and Developing People (LMP) and Human Resource Management in Context (HRC).

  • Being awarded Direct Claim Status (DCS) by the CIPD is a great accolade and WMP is one of the few CIPD centres to have achieved DCS for all qualification levels!  For candidates, it means we are able to award your qualification certificate without waiting for verification by an External Quality Assurer (EQA).  To achieve this we have demonstrated rigorous candidate support from initial pre-programme diagnostics through to completion.  We have also provided clear evidence of robust systems and the accommodation of different learning needs.

  • Whilst undertaking their qualification, candidates will need to have an active student membership. This is paid directly to CIPD and is usually approximately £153 a year. CIPD will contact you about this once you have begun your studies.

  • Just look at the job ads!  Most employers stipulate that applicants have to be CIPD qualified so in a competitive jobs market it is a qualification worth having.  In addition, it will increase your knowledge, network and skills!  Research shows you also may be paid a higher salary.

  • Candidates become CIPD qualified by successfully completing their programme.  Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Certificate and Diploma candidates gain Associate CIPD membership on completion.  Advanced Diploma candidates become eligible to apply for a membership upgrade to chartered membership (MCIPD or FCIPD) status once they have completed their Diploma.

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