CIPD Foundation Diploma in Learning and Development

Who is the programme aimed at?

The Certificate and Diploma in Learning and Development are benchmark qualifications for Learning and Development Specialists and Trainers. They are suitable for aspiring and existing Trainers and those needing a recognised qualification in Learning and Development essentials.

What are the benefits of studying this qualification?

This is a very well recognised and highly valued qualification that will help you to develop practical skills, and supporting knowledge in the field of learning and development.

The content of the qualification is relevant and practical. You will be able to apply your learning back into the workplace straight away.

There is lots of flexibility and choice about how you study and over what period of time, so you can work towards achieving your qualification in the manner that suits you best.

Once you have completed your qualification, you will also be awarded Associate level membership of CIPD to enhance your professional credibility in the workplace and to potential employers.

What units will I study?

The full list of units is set out below. Which of these you study will depend on your study mode: Work-based or Taught.

Each unit carries a number of credits and to achieve the Diploma you need to achieve 38 credits.

Units for Diploma in Learning and Development Credit Value
Core Units  
Becoming an effective learning and development practitioner 4
Learning and development and the organisation 4
Identifying learning and development needs 3
Designing learning and development activities 6
Delivering learning and development activities 6
Evaluating learning and development activities 3
Optional Units  
Using technology to facilitate learning 6
Enhancing learner engagement 6
Supporting collective and social learning 6
Supporting individual learning through coaching and mentoring 6
Assessing learning and development 6
Organising learning and development events 6

How will the programme be delivered?

For the work-based programme, you will be allocated an Assessor to work with you throughout. To achieve the units you will undertake a range of activities including gathering work-based evidence, completing assignments, and writing personal statements; there are no exams to take.

The taught programme is delivered over 10 months at our Head Office in Doncaster, close to Robin Hood Airport. Lunch and refreshments are included and there are hotel facilities close by if needed.  The programme format is designed to minimise the amount of time that you need to be away from your workplace, requiring you to attend full-day or half-day workshops once a month.

You will be provided with a core text book and an on-line resource site as well as comprehensive support material given to learners at each workshop. We keep our group numbers small so that you get the support and attention you require.  You will also be given the opportunity to attend Guided Learning days to work on your assignments and supporting activities, as well as accessing further support through Tutorials.

What is the duration of the programme?

The duration depends on your chosen study mode:

  • Work-based – up to 12 months
  • Taught – 10 months

How will the qualification be assessed?

Assessment will be by a range of activities including assignments; there are no exams to take.

How can I progress further?

On completion of this qualification, you will be offered the opportunity to undertake one of our Intermediate or Advanced qualifications in Learning and Development.

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