The worst thing you can possibly do on your CV is lie or exaggerate the truth. This goes for both your work experience and any qualifications you want to include. This means you can’t say you’ve completed your course if you’re only partway through.
Education is something which people frequently lie about on their CVs so you may be asked to provide proof of your qualification - especially if it’s listed as an essential requirement in the job ad.
What you should write
It’s important to be clear when including details of your in-progress qualification - you don’t want to inadvertently give the impression that you’ve completed it.
It might be tempting to simply state that your course is ‘ongoing’ or ‘in-progress’, but this can come across as a bit vague. It’s best to be as specific as possible to let employers know how far away from completion you are.
If your course has a specific end date on which you’ll graduate, you should list it like this:
Name of awarding body, qualification level and subject, date of completion: day, month, year
e.g. CIPD, Level 5 Certificate in Human Resource Management, date of completion: 10th September 2019
It’s a little trickier if your course doesn’t have a set end date as you might not be 100% certain when you’ll have the course finished by. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t provide an anticipated completion date.
You should have a rough idea of how much work you still need to do and when you need to sit any exams you have - so you can use this as a guide. If you’re struggling to estimate when you’ll finish, try asking your tutor for their input as they may be able to help you work this out.
Once you have your estimated date, you can add it into your CV like this:
Name of awarding body, qualification level and subject, expected to complete by Month, Year
e.g. AAT, Professional Diploma in Accounting, expected to complete by January 2020
If you’ve only just started the course and don’t have much of an indication when you’ll finish you can use this format:
Name of awarding body, qualification level and subject, expected to complete in Year
e.g. CIM, Level 4 Professional Certificate in Professional Marketing, expected to complete in 2020
If your course is split up into modules that are individually assessed, it might be worthwhile to list the ones that you’ve completed. This will give employers an indication of the skills and knowledge that you’ve already acquired.