CIPD Learning & Development Qualifications

Choose Your Qualification Level

How Do I Choose The Right Level Of Qualification?


Our Foundation level qualifications in L&D are very practical and give you an introduction to the key stages of the training cycle: learning needs analysis, the design and delivery of learning and development and evaluating learning interventions, as well as other contemporary subjects such as coaching and mentoring and enhancing learner engagement.

A Foundation level qualification is ideal for anyone who has just moved into an L&D role, or is looking to do so, as well as those in an L&D support level role such as L&D Co-ordinator.


Our Intermediate qualifications take learning and development to the next level, providing insight into the kind of organisational and external factors that impact on learning and development, as well as developing your problem-solving, planning and analytical skills.  Taking this broader view of L&D gives you a greater understanding of how L&D contributes to the organisation, as well as evaluating approaches, models and practices in L&D.

Where an Intermediate level qualification differs from Foundation level is that a Foundation level qualification focusses on developing your practical skills and the knowledge that supports this, whereas at Intermediate level you consider the organisation’s perspective such as strategy and decision-making.  There is more of an emphasis on theory in addition to practice and you need to be committed to more hours of independent study.


CIPD Advanced level qualifications in Learning & Development give you even greater depth of knowledge and also incorporate wider subjects such as the context of HR and where L&D sits within this, along with leading, managing and developing people.

At this postgraduate level of study you learn to be much more evaluative, critical and reflective so that you are able to develop L&D strategy that drives organisational performance. You will examine models and concepts and consider how these apply to different organisations.

As a Masters-level student you need to be willing to take on the challenges of studying at this level, committing to extensive hours of study, and having the motivation and self-discipline that helps you make good progress.