Which qualification is right for me?
Step 1: Identify your level of study
Advanced level: If you’re experienced, looking to advance to a strategic level, and aspire to become a Chartered Member, then this postgraduate-level qualification is for you.
Intermediate level: If you’re already working in HR or L&D and want to develop your knowledge and skills, then this undergraduate degree-level qualification 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 A-Level standard courses will make an ideal first professional qualification.
Step 2: Choose your size of qualification
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.
Step 3: Find your perfect qualification and study centre
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
Study online through CIPD Enterprises in partnership with AVADO: Get details from AVADO
Search for a specialist qualification: Explore CIPD Training
Step 4: Join the CIPD as a student member
Enjoy immediate access to essential HR and L&D resources, support and rewards.
Progress to professional membership on successful completion of your studies.
Learn about student membership
Studying not for you?
Experience Assessment is a direct route to CIPD professional membership. It doesn’t require sitting an exam or a qualification in HR to be eligible. Instead, professionals provide written examples of their HR work experience from the last three years to showcase how they meet the membership criteria.
Learn more about Experience Assessment