Whether you’re starting out in the people profession or are an experienced professional, a CIPD qualification or CIPD accredited university programme will give you the knowledge and skills you need to make an impact in your organisation and take your career to the next level. Find the right qualification to suit your level of experience and ambitions.

Two possible study routes

1. CIPD accredited university programmes 

These are Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees designed, developed and delivered by universities that are mapped to CIPD qualifications and have been accredited by the CIPD.  

Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a degree by the university you study with and you will be awarded Associate Membership of the CIPD. 

2. CIPD qualifications

CIPD qualifications are taught by external study centres but are awarded by the CIPD. 

When you successfully complete your CIPD qualification, you will receive a qualification certificate from the CIPD and be awarded Foundation or Associate Membership, depending on your qualification level. 

There are three levels of CIPD qualifications - taught by external study centres but awarded by the CIPD: Foundation Certificate, Associate Diploma and Advanced Diploma.

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Other options beyond qualifications

If you’re an experienced people professional and can demonstrate how you meet the membership standards you may be able to gain CIPD membership by completing an Experience Assessment, without the need for studying.

Experience Assessment

Have your real-world experience assessed to gain CIPD membership without having to study.

CIPD HR, Learning and development training courses

Develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to thrive in a changing world of work with CIPD HR & L&D learning courses. Find out more with CIPD today.

CIPD HR Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Find out about free introductory open-access online courses developed by the CIPD.

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