Are you working at the Foundation level?

At this level you are typically using your expertise to undertake tasks that deliver immediate and short-term value for your managers, colleagues or customers.

The nature of your work

Your work will usually be tactical, and focused on the day-to-day delivery of tasks, delivering outcomes for the people profession.

How you use information

You’ll be gathering information to use in your work, and using information to understand your work, organisation and the profession.

Your influence and impact

You're likely to be working with immediate colleagues and customers, and your work usually creates immediate and short-term value for those people.

If this reflects your current role, you'll also:

  • develop good relationships with others, and behave ethically in your approach to people and work
  • understand evidence-based people practice, and use it in your role
  • act with integrity, raising concerns when you see processes or decisions where people are not being treated fairly
  • encourage others to listen to a wide range of people before making decisions
  • be committed to your own development, and seek out opportunities to learn.

CIPD membership grade

The standards in this level equate to Foundation Membership.

Interested in becoming a Foundation Member? Find out how.

Who should look at the standards at this level?

If the descriptions at this level are a reflection of your role, then you should use these standards to have your best impact.

This level may also apply to the following: Student members studying towards Foundation and Intermediate qualifications, or Affiliate members who meet the descriptions above. Those who have responsibility for people management might also be working at this level.

Explore the Foundation standards in depth

The standards inside the Profession Map will help you:

  • see what’s expected of a great people professional
  • develop your capabilities and be the best practitioner you can be
  • understand all of the opportunities open to you.

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For those delivering operational work to meet wider business needs.

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