The prestigious CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate is perfect for you if you are just getting started in your HR or L&D career and you want to develop the knowledge and skills you need to become a successful people professional.
On successful completion of your CIPD Level 3 qualification you will be equipped with practical and theoretical skills across the core functions of people practice. These courses do not assume any prior knowledge but will teach you valuable skills and will give you a practical overview of the range of responsibilities involved in a generalist human resource, learning and development or organisation development administrator or assistance level role. You will become a Foundation Member of the most prestigious HR and L&D organisation in the world, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. You will join a community of 150,000 ambitious, forward thinking professionals across 120 countries, and have exclusive access to insights and guidance from prominent HR experts. It is the perfect place to start if you want to reach the highest level in your career: CIPD is the only professional HR body in the world that can award Chartered status.
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From the moment you enrol to the moment you pass your final assignment; you will have unlimited one-to-one support from our expert CIPD tutors. Our tutors include former HR directors, lecturers, consultants and employment law specialists. Many are fully qualified teachers with many years’ experience teaching CIPD. Their wide-ranging experience combines deep academic understanding with high-level practical experience. As well as answering academic questions, they can give you practical guidance and advice and help you make a study plan.
This qualification has four modules:
Essentials of People Practice – This unit introduces the fundamentals of people practice, ranging from the employee lifecycle to policies, regulation and law. It further explores a diverse array of specialist subjects such as recruitment, talent management, reward and learning and development, essential to a career in people practice. Importantly this unit enables practitioners to apply their knowledge and skills, building their confidence and ability to practise progressively.
Core Behaviours for People Professionals – This unit covers the core behaviours expected of people professionals, focusing on how ethical practice creates values within organisation. You will gain an insight into various customer-focused business approaches using ethical principles. It considers how certain ways of thinking and acting should be universally consistent, even in new and challenging situations, to promote a sense of wellbeing and inclusivity in the organisation. You will then evaluate and reflect on contemporary ethical values with the aim of consolidating and improving your professional knowledge, skills and experience.
Business, Culture and Change in Context – This unit considers the impact of external influences and how the digital and commercial environment shapes businesses and the culture within which they operate. It considers the importance of people’s behaviour on organisational culture and its ability to manage change effectively.
Principles of Analytics – Through this unit, you will discover how evidence-based practice motivates business outcomes and learn how such measures are applied within your organisation. It focuses on how utilising a diverse range of analytics and evidence is essential to the rationalisation and enhancement of working practices and situational decision making to create value. You will learn the importance of data analytics and the various measures that are used to inform effective decision making, including critical thinking skills and common calculations .
Your CIPD assessments are 100% online. You will complete written assignments of up to 3,900 words for each module that you study. These include assessment questions, reports, presentations and data analysis tasks. Once you have passed all your assignments, you will be awarded your new CIPD qualification – a truly fantastic achievement.
- You will submit your assignment online through the student community platform.
- Your tutors will mark your assignment and give you a provisional result. If it needs more work, they will give you guidance on how to improve it. If it is given a provisional pass, we will submit your results to CIPD.
- At set times throughout the year, CIPD will moderate assignment submissions.
- When this moderation is complete, you will get your final results.
A practical entry level qualification in People Practice perfect if you are:
- New or looking to move into a people profession role
- Working in a people practice support role and seeking to improve team performance
- Looking for a career in people practice and wish to develop specialist knowledge, skills and understanding
- New to Human Resources and Learning and Development or you have not studied recently
Typical job titles at Foundation Level:
- HR or L&D Assistant
- People & Culture Assistant
- HR Administrator
As this is a Foundation level qualification there are no entry requirements.