Getting qualified can lead to increased responsibility and greater potential for reward.

Chartered Institute of Personnel Development

People are at the heart of every business and organisation.

If you are happy, safe, valued and well-motivated at work, it is good for you and the organisation that employs you, for the economy and for society as a whole.

That is why working in people management can be such a rewarding career. You have a real chance to drive positive change in working life.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) is the professional body for those who work in people management and in learning and development (L&D). It is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded in 1913 and still sets standards across the world in the people management sector.

Why choose a CIPD qualification?

More than 20,000 people take a CIPD qualification every year. That is because CIPD qualifications are recognised worldwide as a benchmark for professional standards across the sector.

The reputation of the CIPD means that you are boosting your credibility and sending a powerful message to recruiters and employers when you have CIPD membership and CIPD qualifications on your CV.

Many employers ask for a CIPD qualification as a minimum requirement when they advertise jobs. That means it is essential if you want to develop your career and achieve responsibility and reward.

You will be studying up-to-date theory and good practice when you embark on a CIPD qualification. It demonstrates your commitment to your professional development.

What CIPD qualifications are available?

The CIPD team is constantly studying every aspect of the ever-changing world of work. In 2021, its qualifications evolved to align with what people and organisations need.

There are five qualifications, across three levels, to choose from:

Foundation Level

There is just one qualification at foundation level and it covers both people management and L&D:

CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice

Associate Level

There is a choice of two qualifications at the associate level:

CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning & Development

Advanced Level

There is a choice of two qualifications at the advanced level:

CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management

CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development

What is CIPD membership?

Once you start to study for a CIPD qualification, you need to apply for student membership. After you qualify you can maintain your membership at the appropriate level. The benefits include:

  • Access to a wealth of regularly-updated resources including up-to-date policy reports, business journals, interactive tools, factsheets and more than can help and support you every working day.
  • Exclusive wellbeing services.
  • Telephone help lines for employment law; personal legal help; tax; health & safety; EU employment; VAT; PAYE and commercial legal help.
  • Regular copies of the award-winning CIPD magazine People Management.
  • Invitations to regional and national networking events, conferences and training programmes where you can meet and learn from fellow professionals.
  • Career support.
  • Exclusive discounts and rewards.

What are the different levels of CIPD membership?

Student member – This is the entry level grade when you are studying for a CIPD qualification.

Foundation Member – Once you have successfully completed your CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice, you become a Foundation Member.

Associate Member – This level is usually for people who have completed a Level 5 or Level 7 CIPD Qualification. Alternatively, there is an experience assessment route.

Chartered Member – Many people apply to become a Chartered Member after completing a Level 7 CIPD qualification. It is for people professionals who work strategically and operationally in senior roles. There is also an experience assessment route.

Chartered Fellow - Many people apply to become a Chartered Fellow after completing a Level 7 CIPD qualification. It is for people professionals who combine strategic insight and people expertise with commercial acumen in senior roles. There is also an experience assessment route.

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