Develop the knowledge and skills employers are looking for

Our pre-2021 HR and L&D qualifications develop relevant and essential knowledge and skills, and are a route into CIPD membership. If you are looking for information about our new qualifications, find it here.

Join over 25,000 professionals currently studying an HR and L&D qualification with us.

  • Increase your career prospects and earning potential.
  • Gain the skills, knowledge and tools to support your organisation and progress your career.
  • Build your confidence and credibility to handle the most pertinent people management and development issues.

Current CIPD Qualifications

Find the right CIPD qualification for you.

Advanced level: If you’re experienced, looking to advance to a strategic level, and aspire to become a Chartered Member, then these postgraduate-level qualifications are for you.

Intermediate level: If you’re already working in HR or L&D and want to develop your knowledge and skills, then one of our undergraduate level qualifications is the choice for you.

Foundation level: If you’re just starting out in HR or L&D or working in a support role, these courses which are comparable in level to A-level will make an ideal first professional qualification.


CIPD’s foundation and intermediate qualifications are at Levels 3 and 5 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and are regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and the Council for Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (CCEA).

Diploma: Study a wide breadth of subjects.
Successful completion of a Foundation or Intermediate Diploma leads to Associate membership.
An Advanced Diploma also leads to Associate membership, and gives you the knowledge to apply for Chartered Membership (subject to eligibility).

Certificate: Study the essentials employers are looking for.
Successful completion at any level leads to Associate Membership.

Award: Focus on one area.
Get the knowledge and skills in a specific HR or L&D subject.
Note: Awards do not lead to any professional grade of membership but may give you credits toward a Certificate or Diploma.

We deliver our qualifications through a range of different study modes, letting you choose the option that suits you most: 

  • Full-time or part-time learning: Attend taught classes as part of a structured, face-to-face learning experience 
  • Block learning: A more intensive study pattern, with taught classes grouped into blocks of workshops 
  • Digital learning: Enjoy maximum flexibility to study when and where you want through a blended or digital qualification.
  • Mixed-mode study: Aimed at experienced individuals and enables use of workplace evidence alongside a mixture of learning input and support to suit the needs of the candidate

We offer a choice of qualifications, study centres and ways to learn for each level of study and type of course. 

Browse all qualifications: Search the Qualification finder

If you want to study digitally, choose your digital study provider from the list of study centres

Search for a specialist qualification: Explore CIPD Learning

Enjoy immediate access to essential HR and L&D resources, support and rewards. 

Achieve Associate membership on successful completion of your studies.

Learn about student membership

Studying not for you?

Experience Assessment is a direct route to CIPD membership. It doesn’t require sitting an exam or a qualification in HR to be eligible. Instead, professionals with relevant experience showcase how they meet the membership standards.

Learn more about Experience Assessment