CIPD HR Qualifications

Choose Your Qualification Level

How Do I Choose The Right Level Of Qualification?


Our Foundation level qualification in people practice will help you build the knowledge, skills, and behaviours you need to make a difference in the workplace. Participating in a range of activities and scenarios, you will build your expertise and confidence in dealing with people-related situations.

The Foundation Certificate in People Practice is designed to meet your needs in either a HR or Learning and Development role, whether you are just beginning your career, planning a change of direction, or already in a support role such as HR Administrator.

Once you successfully complete the qualification, you’ll have Foundation Membership of the CIPD.


Our Associate qualifications enable you to build further on your HR expertise. As a people management professional, you will learn about employment relations, managing talent and workforce planning, so that you can make a difference to the performance and success of your organisation.

Once you’ve finished your qualification, you’ll be awarded Associate Membership of the CIPD.


With a choice of studying either people management or learning and development at a strategic level, you will learn how to develop strategy and policy in either area, drive change initiatives, apply evidence-based practice and really make an impact in the workplace through your personal effectiveness.

A postgraduate qualification gives you greater depth of knowledge, an understanding of the strategic context of HR, and the leadership and management of employees. You will develop and use skills in critical analysis and reflection and be able to develop HR strategy to drive organisational performance.

At this level of study, you will evaluate and critically analyse models and concepts, applying these within the context of an organisation. The Advanced qualification in people management is set at Masters-level, which means you need to be able to commit to an extensive programme of study as well as being capable of studying at this academic level. Self-motivation and self-discipline will be vital in ensuring you make good progress and have a successful outcome.

Successfully completing your qualification also leads to the award of Associate Membership of the CIPD.