About the Certificate in Human Resources PracticeThe new Certificate in HR Practice (CHRP) provides a firm foundation in all the areas of HR, as well as an understanding of HR in a business context. It will help you develop practical, essential HR skills and above all, will give you the confidence to be more effective at work and add value to your HR function. It is foundation-level qualification and is designed to reflect the CIPD HR Profession Map and the new professional membership criteria.
The Certificate in HR Practice replaces and is equivalent to the previous Certificate in Personnel Practice (CPP).
Who is the Certificate HR Practice for?
Whether you're just starting out in your career or want to move to the next level with a recognised professional qualification, the CHRP will help build your knowledge and skills.
The CHRP is ideal for:
- Those who are new to HR
- People who are interested in a move into HR.
- Those who are working in HR in a support role and wish to develop their knowledge and skills.
- Line managers who are involved in HR and those who have responsibility for HR activities and decisions within an organisation without a specialist function.
- HR staff who do not have sufficient qualifications to undertake CIPD level 5 Intermediate or Level 7 Advanced qualifications
- The knowledge towards professional membership
Knowledge towards professional membershipCompletion of the CHRP provides the knowledge required for assessment for the new Associate professional level of CIPD membership. If you are able to demonstrate your certificate knowledge in the workplace through membership assessment (assessing workplace activities and behaviours), you will be awarded the new Associate professional level of membership with designatory letters.
Find out more about CIPD professional membership here
What will I get out of it?
- A sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviour required of a professional HR practitioner, whether their role is generalist in nature or specialist, for example L&D.
- An understanding of how HR activities support an organisation’s strategy and assist the achievement of business objectives and how these are shaped by internal and external factors.
- The ability to analyse HR information and present findings to inform decision-making.
What the Certificate in HR Practice covers
Core units (all 10 credits):
1. Developing yourself as an effective HR or L&D practitioner
- Develop a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviour required for a professional HR or L&D practitioner.
- Know how to deliver timely and effective HR services to meet user needs.
- To be able to reflect on own practice and development needs, and maintain a plan for personal development.
2. Understanding organisations and the role of HR
- An introduction to the role of HR and L&D operations in an organisation and environmental context.
- Develop an understanding of HR activities support and organisation's strategy and assist the achievement of business objectives, and how these are shaped by internal and external factors.
3. Recording, analysing and using HR information
- Develop an understanding of the important contribution that accurate data (stored manually or electronically) can make to the HR or L&D function.
- Understanding the legal implications of storing personnel data.
- To be able to record data and information and to interpretm, analyss and present information clearly and accurately in an appropriate format in support of decision making to meet organisation-wide objectives and support L&D solutions.
Depending on your chosen centre the remaining units (18 credits)can be selected from a range of professional areas, such as employment relations, resourcing, talent, supporting change, performance, mentoring, and reward. This will allow you to build a practical qualification that suits your specific professional needs.
For a listing of all units and learning outcomes, please click here. Please note that not all centres offer all possible units.
How is it assessed?
Depending on your chosen study method, the CHRP course is split 50:50 between class based study and self study. Depending on your chosen centre, students can start on whichever module is the most convenient to them and will have access to tutors throughout their study on this course.
A total of 280 study hours are required to successfully complete the CHRP of which 140 hours should be private study. On average it will take nine months to complete, however it will depend on your chosen centre. Unit total of 28 credits.
The CHRP is the equivalent of the NVQ/SVQ Level 3 and requires a completed total of 28 credits. Students are able to gain credits for completed units and the total number achieved will equate to either an Award, Certificate or a Diploma.
How much does it cost?
Your chosen centre will be able to provide you with information on course fees. The cost of enrolling on the programme isn’t fixed by us and can vary from one centre to another. You’ll pay a subsidised joining fee if you’re not currently a CIPD member.
Where to study?
Search for a CIPD-approved centre
What to do next
Please contact a CIPD-approved centre. You will find a full list of approved centres and programmes on our website. Centres will provide you with further information on costs, start dates and enrolment. You will need to join the CIPD as a student member. Student membership is subsidised and CIPD professional and practical member resources will support you in study. Your centre will be able to help you register as a CIPD member online and take advantage membership. More about CIPD member benefits
A Diploma in Human Resources Practice?
If you are interested in further study, you can study additional optional units to achieve a Diploma in HRP. Studying a Diploma in HR Practice (DHRP) will develop your foundation knowledge and skills of HR further. A Diploma in HR Practice is 37 credits.
Foundation awards in HR Essentials or Learning and Development Essentials
Alternatively you may wish to study individual awards in HR or L&D.