CIPD HR Qualifications

Choose Your Qualification Level

How Do I Choose The Right Level Of Qualification?


Our Foundation level qualifications are a great way to develop the fundamental skills and knowledge needed as a HR or L&D professional. They are highly recognised by employers and help you to develop practical skills in whichever field you have chosen.

The Foundation HR and L&D qualifications are ideal for anyone just beginning a career with either profession, planning a career change or already in a support role such as L&D Co-ordinator or HR Administrator.


Our Intermediate qualifications enable you to build further on your HR or Learning & Development expertise, developing problem-solving, planning and analysing skills and techniques, as well as your understanding of organisations and ability to evaluate HR and L&D models and practices.

Whilst studying at Foundation level develops your practical skills and underpinning knowledge, studying at Intermediate level means you will also focus on important HR or L&D subjects from an organisational perspective; issues such as the factors that impact on an organisation’s strategic planning and implementation, and decision-making. There is much more of an emphasis on theory, as well as practice and you will need to be able to commit to a higher number of hours of independent study.


Our CIPD Advanced level qualifications are the flagship qualifications for HR and Learning & Development professionals and are widely recognised by employers. 

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

At this level of study you need to evaluate and critically analyse models and concepts and to apply these within the context of an organisation. The Advanced qualifications are 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.