Why study a CIPD qualification?

Looking to study a CIPD qualification? Whether you're looking to work in HR or L&D or enhance your existing knowledge and skills, we have the right qualification for you.

Benefits of studying a CIPD qualification

  • Valued by employers
    You can be sure CIPD qualifications will equip you with the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for.

  • HR in a business context
    All our qualifications focus on the role of HR in building sustainable business success.

  • Flexible to meet your needs
    Learn at your own pace and gain credit for your achievements. Our Certificates and Diplomas have a range of optional units to meet your particular development needs. 

  • HR and L&D study paths
    The opportunity to branch out into HR, Learning and Development and other specialism’s at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Level.

  • Boosting your earning potential
    Independent research reveals that individuals with professional qualifications stand to earn £81,000 in additional earning over a lifetime (CCPMO Economic Impact Report, December 2008).

  • The knowledge for professional membership
    Many of our qualifications provide you with a professional level of membership (Associate). CIPD Advanced Level Diplomas cover the knowledge required to upgrade to either Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

About CIPD qualifications

CIPD is an awarding body for HR and L&D qualifications. Over 13,000 students join our programmes each year to enhance their knowledge on the latest theory, case studies and insights into best practice HR. CIPD qualifications are available at Advanced, Intermediate and Foundation level, and you can choose to study Awards, Certificates or Diplomas at any of these levels.

CIPD qualifications are derived from our Profession Map which sets out how HR adds the greatest sustained value to the organisation it operates in, now and in the future. It describes the highest standards of professional competence to deliver sustained performance for the organisation. 

Deciding where to study

CIPD qualifications are delivered by a range of centres including universities, colleges and training providers in the UK and Ireland, with a growing number offering our qualifications internationally. There are study options to suit all types of circumstances and learning needs. To find your nearest centre and see which programmes and study options are available please see our Centres Search.

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