The programme will help you develop your ability to evaluate the effectiveness of different HR models and practices, and increase your understanding of the external factors that impact upon HR activities and organisations. Whilst building expertise in your chosen HR specialist subjects, you'll also develop your planning, analytical and problem solving skills.
There are two options for completing this qualification: modular and fast-track.The fast-track programme is more intensive and for professionals who wish to gain the qualification in a shorter space of time. The information on this page covers the modular option. Information on the fast-track programme.
CIPD’s own learning delivery arm offer courses and qualifications across the UK (including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff and Edinburgh), and internationally. Visit our website to find a location close to you.
Please note: dates currently shown are for the first module of each cohort.
This qualification is suitable for you if you're currently working in the field of HR management and wish to extend your knowledge and skills in order to develop your career. You may be looking to work towards a professional level of membership to gain credibility and recognition. The ideal candidate will typically have responsibility for implementing HR policies and strategies and have have a need to become more business savvy in developing organisational insight into the wider business context and environment.
On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management. The qualification is accredited by the CIPD and is equivalent to QCF Level 5.
Successful completion of this certificate leads to Associate membership of the CIPD. Associate membership is the first level of professional membership of the CIPD, and allows you to use the designation Assoc CIPD after your name to showcase your credentials. It’s an achievement that makes you stand out in your career and is respected and valued by employers. It also emphasises your commitment to continuing professional development and a desire to stay current.
On successful completion of the programme, you will:
The modular programme is made up of six face-to-face workshops:
Developing Professional Practice (1 day)
This course module is designed to give you a full understanding of the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in HR Management programme. It ensures that you are fully prepared for the certificate units and assessment, and are able to make the most of the resources and support available.
It also enables you to develop a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by HR professionals, as described in the CIPD HR Profession Map. It embraces the ‘thinking performer’ perspective, and covers the competencies needed when collaborating and working with others, and when functioning efficiently and effectively in an organisational context. The course module enables you to assess your own strengths, and identify a continuous professional development (CPD) plan based on the capabilities required for ethical, business-focussed and interpersonal professional conduct.
Business Issues and the Context of HR (2 days)
Human resources (HR) professionals need to understand key developments in the business, and external contexts within which HR operates.
This course module enables you to identify and review the business and external contextual factors affecting organisations, and to assess the impacts of these factors on the HR function. It also examines HR’s role in strategy formulation and implementation. It is designed to encourage you to adopt a critical perspective of these contexts and to provide workable organisational and HR solutions to address them.
Using Information in HR (1 day)
As an HR professional, you need to be able to present a viable and realistic case for improvement based on sound work-based research and an understanding of what is considered good practice.
This course module develops your skills of research and enquiry to enable you to identify appropriate data sources that support an investigation into an area of HR practice. You'll learn to apply this data to evaluate the role of HR in business and strategy formulation and implementation, and to prepare and present a business case for improvement.
Employment Law (3 days)
This course module guides you through the entire employment journey: from recruitment, employment contracts and typical workplace issues that arise during employment, to terminating employment.
Resourcing and Talent Planning (2 days)
A fundamental part of the HR management role is concerned with the mobilisation of a workforce; taking responsibility for ensuring that the organisation is able to access the skills it needs at the time and in the places that that it needs them to drive sustained organisation performance. This involves attracting, retaining and managing the departure of staff from the organisation. Achieving this requires insight-driven strategic and operational activity.
The course course introduces you to the strategic approaches that organisations take to position themselves as employers and to plan effectively so they are able to meet their current and anticipated organisational skills needs. You’ll be introduced to the key operational tools, techniques and practices that organisations use to resource effectively, including recruitment, selection, workforce planning, staff retention, succession planning, retirement and dismissal processes, with an overview of the way different organisations manage these activities and which are the most effective in the context of diverse and distributed locations.
Reward Management (2 days)
This course module provides an understanding of how the business context drives reward strategies and policies including labour market, industrial and sector trends, regional differences and trends in pay and international comparisons, the financial drivers of the organisation, the balance sheet and the impact of reward costs.
You’ll acquire knowledge of the perspectives, principles and policies of reward from a theoretical and strategic focus, and how to implement them in practice. You will also be able to assess the contribution of reward to business viability, and advise on the appropriateness of policies and practices to line manages to promote employee performance.
Whether you’re doing a course, qualification, or in-house programme, the tutors you will meet have in-depth knowledge of their subject, and combine academic expertise with years of hands-on business and industry experience. They are passionate about their specialist areas, and have proven time and time again their ability to facilitate top-quality learning and provide the best possible learning experience. So, whilst theory and models matter (and you’ll get them), they are skilled in helping you ‘translate’ them into your day-to-day reality.
Take a look at the Tutors tab on this page to view biographies of just some of the tutors you’re likely to meet on the programme. Why not look them up on Google – we’re proud of the fact that many of our tutors are among the UK’s leading experts in their specialist area.
Unlimited support from your personal tutor
When you start your qualification programme, you’ll be assigned a personal tutor, who will provide support, guidance and encouragement throughout your studies by phone or email – invaluable when you’re juggling the challenge of studying with a busy home and work life.
Comprehensive additional resources – on and offline
You’ll be provided with comprehensive documentation and reference material to support you in your studies, including textbooks (where relevant), in addition to which (on most programmes) you’ll also have access to an online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE includes extensive additional learning resources and links to articles, research, surveys and practical tools relevant to your studies. It also enables you to network with your fellow learners and participate in networked discussion forums facilitated by your tutor between face-to-face learning days. Plus you’ll find tips and guidance on how to do assignments, and for exam-based qualifications, revision tips, past exam papers, examiner’s reports, online exam tutorials and much more.
A blended approach
Most of our programmes take a blended approach – combining face-to-face learning with self-study and online working (via the Virtual Learning Environment). This powerful mix is one of the best ways to achieve sustained skills enhancement, and also minimises the time you need to spend away from the office.
Practical and applicable
For your learning to work, it has to be relevant to your workplace. That’s why our programmes focus on providing you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply your learning back at work straight away. You’ll explore your own needs and issues, as well as share experiences, challenges and insights with other participants and your expert tutor. We constantly update and improve our programmes, to ensure they are aligned with your changing needs and prepare you for the issues facing your profession.
You’ll be given extensive resources to help you put your learning into practice as soon as you return to work. Our qualification programmes provide you with comprehensive documentation and reference material to support you in your studies.
The modular programme starts with an introductory webinar followed by a one-day face-to-face workshop, Developing Professional Practice. Whichever cohort you choose, you must do the workshops and webinars corresponding to that cohort.
Fees include all tuition, personal tutor support, assessment, course materials and access to the dedicated Virtual Learning Environment. They do not include travel, accommodation or registration as a studying member of the CIPD, mandatory for all candidates who are not already CIPD members.
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