Are you ready to deepen your expertise in strategic HR? This qualification will help you learn how to manage employment relations, recruit and nurture talent to sustain success – and reward and motivate the superstars in your workforce.

Is this qualification right for me?

This qualification is perfect for you if you want to develop your personal effectiveness and business acumen. You’ll learn how to design and manage your own strategy, enhance people management skills – and learn how best to lead.

What will I learn?

You’ll study 4 core units + 3 specialist units + the choice of 1 optional unit:

Core units:

  • Work and working lives in a changing business environment
  • People management and development strategies for performance
  • Personal effectiveness, ethics and business acumen
  • Business research in people practice

Specialist units:

  • Strategic employment relations
  • Resourcing and talent management to sustain success
  • Strategic reward management

Optional units:

  • Organisational design and development
  • Advanced employment law in practice
  • Learning and development practice
  • Technology enhanced learning
  • Advanced diversity and inclusion
  • Managing people in an international context
  • Well-being at work

Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management at a glance

Perfect for
HR professionals keen to lead, work strategically, and shape the future of the profession

Typical job titles
People Analytics Manager
Head of HR
Head of Diversity and Inclusion
Director of People
Head of Resourcing
Head of Talent

Membership attained
CIPD Associate, with the potential to apply for Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow, depending on your experience

Average completion time
16-24 months

Qualification level
The Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management is comparable to Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 7 in England and Northern Ireland. Find out more here

Why study a CIPD qualification?

CIPD qualifications are recognised by employers as a global standard of excellence. Your qualification also gives you CIPD membership, connecting you to a deeply informed and influential network of people professionals worldwide - and a path to life-long learning.

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