CIPD qualifications learner information

Guided learning hours (GLH)

Guided learning hours, or GLH, is the time spent by a learner being taught or instructed under the direct supervision of a lecturer, supervisor, or tutor. This can either be online or face-to-face and can include class time, tutorials, live online sessions, and structured online learning.

Total qualification time (TQT) /Notional hours

Total qualification time, or TQT, is the total number of hours it is estimated that an average learner will take to complete a qualification. It includes GLH as well as independent study time, reading and preparation for scheduled sessions and assessment which is not undertaken under the supervision of a lecturer, supervisor or tutor. For Advanced qualifications, this is known as total notional hours.

Credit Values

Each qualification has been assigned credit. Credit is calculated by dividing TQT/notional hours by 10. For example, if the TQT for a qualification is 240 hours, the credit value for that qualification is 240 divided by ten which equals 24 credits.

Foundation Qualification

Regulatory information

Registered with Ofqual in England, CCEA in Northern Ireland and Qualifications Wales as the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice.

This qualification is Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 3 in England and Northern Ireland. Credit and Qualifications Framework (CQFW) Level 3 in Wales. Comparable to Level 5 in Ireland, Level 6 in Scotland, Level 4 European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Guided learning hours (GLH)

The minimum GLH for this qualification is estimated at 120 hours.

Total qualification time (TQT)

The TQT for this qualification is estimated at 240 hours.

Credit Values

This qualification equates to an overall credit value of 24.

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Associate Qualifications

Regulatory information

Registered with Ofqual in England, CCEA in Northern Ireland and Qualifications Wales as the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management.

This qualification is Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 5 in England and Northern Ireland. Credit and Qualifications Framework (CQFW) Level 5 in Wales. Comparable to Level 7 in Ireland, Level 9 in Scotland, Level 5 European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Guided learning hours (GLH)

The minimum GLH for this qualification is estimated at 175 hours.

Total qualification time (TQT)

The TQT for this qualification is estimated at 420 hours.

Credit Values

This qualification equates to an overall credit value of 42.

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Regulatory information

Registered with Ofqual in England, CCEA in Northern Ireland and Qualifications Wales as the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development.

This qualification is Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 5 in England and Northern Ireland. Credit and Qualifications Framework (CQFW) Level 5 in Wales. Comparable to Level 7 in Ireland, Level 9 in Scotland, Level 5 European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Guided learning hours (GLH)

The minimum GLH for this qualification is estimated at 175 hours.

Total qualification time (TQT)

The TQT for this qualification is estimated at 420 hours.

Credit Values

This qualification equates to an overall credit value of 42.

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Advanced Qualifications

Regulatory information

This qualification is not registered on a framework but has been developed with reference to Ofqual’s RQF and QAA’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications level 7 descriptors and is therefore officially titled:

CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management

This is comparable to Level 9 in Ireland, Level 11 in Scotland, Level 7 European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Guided learning hours (GLH)

The minimum GLH for this qualification is estimated at 240 hours.

Total notional hours

The number of total notional hours for this qualification is estimated at 1200 hours.

Credit Values

This qualification equates to an overall credit value of 120.

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Regulatory information

This qualification is not registered on a framework but has been developed with reference to Ofqual’s RQF and QAA’s Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications level 7 descriptors and is therefore officially titled:

CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development.

This is comparable to Level 9 in Ireland, Level 11 in Scotland, Level 7 European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Guided learning hours (GLH)

The minimum GLH for this qualification is estimated at 240 hours.

Total notional hours

The number of total notional hours for this qualification is estimated at 1200 hours.

Credit Values

This qualification equates to an overall credit value of 120.

Download the full syllabus:

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