Intermediate Level qualifications

CIPD Intermediate qualifications (Awards, Certificates and Diplomas) give you the opportunity to build on your HR or L&D expertise and gain a professional level of CIPD membership.

The CIPD currently has more than 140,000 members working at all job levels of HR and L&D for thousands of employers across all sectors. All of the vocational learning provided by our qualifications links directly and comprehensively to all requirements of the profession.

Who are CIPD Intermediate qualifications for?

Set at undergraduate level, CIPD Intermediate qualifications are suitable for those:

  • looking to develop a career in HR management or development and want to study a recognised qualification
  • who need to understand the role of HR or L&D in the wider organisational and environmental context
  • seeking to progress and further develop their professional HR or L&D knowledge after studying a CIPD Level 3 Foundation qualification
  • aspiring to become a professional member of the CIPD, as an Associate member.
Examples of the typical job roles these qualifications can help you enter or progress in include HR Assistant, Learning and Development Coordinator, HR Coordinator and Trainer.

Intermediate level qualification options

CIPD offer a flexible range of Intermediate level qualifications that vary in size, content and length. You’ll gain credits for successfully completed units and the total number of credits achieved will equate to:

  • an Intermediate Award - the smallest size HR qualification we offer, ultimately giving you the opportunity to study bite size topics and gain knowledge from a range of professional areas enabling you to build a practical qualification that suits your specific professional needs
  • an Intermediate Certificate - larger in size and provides a firm introduction and understanding of HR or L&D in a wider business context
  • an Intermediate Diploma - the largest qualification at this level, enabling you to develop your skills in HR and L&D through undertaking more units and widening your breadth of HR and L&D knowledge further.

CIPD Intermediate qualifications are on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) at Level 5 (equivalent to Undergraduate Level). This is comparable to Level 7 in Ireland, Level 9 in Scotland and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) Level 5.

CIPD Level 5 Award in Human Resources (QCF) QAN:601/7872/3

  • The CIPD Level 5 Award in Human Resources (QCF) qualification can be made up of one core or Group A HR unit or a combination of units totalling between three and 12 credits.
  • This qualification consists of a minimum of 30 hours, of which 15 should be self-directed study and a maximum of 120 hours, of which 60 should be self-directed study (depending on the unit(s) taken, your chosen centre and your study mode).
  • On average it can take between one and six months to complete.

CIPD Level 5 Certificate in Human Resource Management (QCF) QAN:601/7870/X

  • The CIPD Level 5 Certificate in Human Resource Management (QCF) qualification is made up of a total of 32 credits (three core units of 14 credits in total and 18 credits taken from optional units).
  • This qualification consists of a total of 320 hours, of which 160 hours should be self-directed study.
  • On average it can take 12 months to complete, however this will depend on your chosen centre and your study mode.

CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Management (QCF) QAN:601/7871/1

  • The CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Management (QCF) qualification is a total of 44 credits (four core units of 20 credits in total and 14 credits taken from optional units).
  • This qualification consists of a total of 440 hours, of which 220 should be self-directed study.
  • On average it can take 12 months - 2 years to complete, however this will depend on your chosen centre and your study mode.

Further details about the content of each unit can be found within Unit Summaries at Intermediate Level. Further details about the structure of the CIPD Intermediate Certificate qualifications and the combination of units you can take can be found within Rules of Combination at Intermediate Level.

How and where can I study? 

CIPD qualifications are delivered at CIPD approved centres in the UK, Ireland and internationally, that offer a flexible variety of different study modes to suit all study needs. To find your nearest CIPD approved centre and for more details about the different study modes offered, you can use the CIPD Qualification Finder

CIPD Membership 

All registered Certificate and Diploma students must join the CIPD as a Student member. As well as increasing your credibility with employers through undertaking a professional qualification and achieving CIPD membership, you will have exclusive member-only access to the latest HR and L&D resources, development tools and networking opportunities. Upon successful completion of both the Certificate and Diploma qualifications at both the Foundation and Intermediate Level, you will automatically gain Associate professional membership of the CIPD enabling you to use the designatory letters Assoc CIPD after your name.

Intermediate Award in Human Resources

An Award is the smallest size of qualification we offer. This ultimately gives you the opportunity to study bite size topics and gain knowledge from a range of professional areas, enabling you to build a practical qualification that suits your specific professional needs.

An Award qualification can be made up of any one unit or a combination of units totalling between 3-12 credits. To achieve a CIPD Level 5 Award in Human Resources, you will need to successfully complete one or more units listed in the table below:

Unit name Credit value
Developing Professional Practice (5DVP) 4
Business Issues and the Context of Human Resources (5CHR) 6
Using Information in Human Resources (5UIN) 4
Resourcing and Talent Planning (5RST) 6
Reward Management (5RMT) 6
Improving Organisational Performance (5IVP) 6
Employee Engagement (5ENG) 6
Contemporary Development in Employment Relations (5DER) 6
Employment Law (5EML) 6
Managing and Coordinating the Human Resources Function (5HRF) 6
Organisation Design (5ODG) 3
Organisational Development (5ODT) 3
Human Resources Service Delivery (5SDL) 3

Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management

To achieve the Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management you must successfully complete all of the following core units (14 credits):

Intermediate Level HR core units - unit name Credit value
Developing Professional Practice (5DVP) 4
Business Issues and the Context of Human Resources (5CHR) 6
Using Information in Human Resources (5UIN) 4

 

In addition you must successfully complete optional units, totalling 18 credits, (a minimum of 12 credits from Group A and a further six credits from either Group A or Group B), from the professional areas listed below. As not all CIPD centres offer all units, you’re advised to check your preferred optional units with your chosen centre first.

Group A: HR optional units - unit name Credit value
Resourcing and Talent Planning (5RST) 6
Reward Management (5RMT) 6
Improving Organisational Performance (5IVP) 6
Employee Engagement (5ENG) 6
Contemporary Development in Employment Relations (5DER) 6
Employment Law (5EML) 6
Managing and Co-ordinating the Human Resources Function (5HRF) 6
Organisation Design (5ODG) 3
Organisational Development (5ODT) 3
Human Resources Service Delivery (5SDL) 3
Group B: L&D optional units - unit name Credit value
Using Facilitation Skills (5UFS) 6
Implementing Coaching and Mentoring (5ICM) 6
Developing Leadership and Management Skills (5LMS) 6
Developing and Using Consultancy Skills (5CNS) 6

Intermediate Diploma in Human Resource Management

To achieve the Intermediate Diploma in Human Resource Management you must successfully complete the following core units (20 credits)

 Intermediate Level HR core units - unit name  Credit value
Developing Professional Practice (5DVP) 4
Business Issues and the Context of Human Resources (5CHR) 6
Using Information in Human Resources (5UIN) 4
Managing and Co-ordinating the Human Resources Function (5HRF) 6

 

In addition you must successfully complete optional units, totalling 18 credits, (a minimum of 18 credits from Group A and a further six credits from either Group A or Group B), from the professional areas listed below. As not all CIPD centres offer all units, you’re advised to check your preferred optional units with your chosen centre first.

Group A: HR optional units - unit name Credit value
Resourcing and Talent Planning (5RST) 6
Reward Management (5RMT) 6
Improving Organisational Performance (5IVP) 6
Employee Engagement (5ENG) 6
Contemporary Development in Employment Relations (5DER) 6
Employment Law (5EML) 6
Organisation Design (5ODG) 3
Organisational Development (5ODT) 3
Human Resources Service Delivery (5SDL) 3

 

Group B: L&D optional units - unit name Credit value
Using Facilitation Skills (5UFS) 6
Implementing Coaching and Mentoring (5ICM) 6
Developing Leadership and Management Skills (5LMS) 6
Developing and Using Consultancy Skills (5CNS) 6

A Diploma (44 credits) is a total of 440 study hours of which 220 should be private study. On average and depending on your chosen study centre it can take 18 months to 2 years to complete.

 

CIPD Learning & Development Qualifications

For a full list of the CIPD L&D qualifications please click here.

Next steps

CIPD qualifications are delivered at CIPD centres in the UK, Ireland and internationally. You can study full or part-time, in a block format or distance learning. Mixed mode is also available for more experienced professionals. Find a CIPD approved centre who delivers your chosen CIPD qualification by using our centre and qualification search.

How can I progress my studies further?

Regardless of what qualifications you study, you can widen your knowledge further by undertaking more units at any time.

On completion of the CIPD Level 5 Award in Human Resources (QCF) (3-12 credits), you can progress your studies by undertaking further units and gaining more credits to achieve either a CIPD Level 5 Certificate in Human Resources Management (QCF) (32 credits) or a CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Human Resources Management (QCF) (44 credits). You can also progress your studies further by undertaking the CIPD Advanced Level Qualifications.

CIPD membership

Once you have decided on your CIPD qualification and have registered with your chosen approved centre, you will join the CIPD as Student member. As well as increasing your professional credibility with employers, CIPD membership will also give you exclusive member-only access to the latest HR and L&D resources, development tools, networking opportunities and discounts. Plus continuing your membership beyond your studies will ensure your progression to achieving professional membership of the CIPD. Successully completing your CIPD qualification means you’ll automatically upgrade to Associate member, which is a professional level of CIPD membership. Becoming a professional member of the CIPD will enhance your career prospects and earning potential. As an Associate professional member you’ll be able to use the letters Assoc CIPD after your name.

You might be interested in

CIPD membership

Foundation Level qualifications

Advanced Level qualifications


            background-image:url(Membership and qualifications - rh- student member

Support for students

Learn about the benefits
of student membership
and get study tips.