Award, Certificate or Diploma
The short answer is, most probably. The long answer to this question is a bit more nuanced though.
In short, CIPD study can be equivalent to a degree. It obviously depends on the level of the qualification that you’re studying though. Here’s why.
There are three different types of CIPD qualifications, which all reflect different difficulties and length of study. These influence whether the specific qualification is considered equivalent to degree study, or if it isn’t.
The CIPD Award is the shortest type of study that is offered. It usually covers one particular topic in detail. It can often be completed within a couple of months to under a year.
The CIPD Certificate is a broader qualification, that will see you study a series of units, designed to give you an overarching view of the entire subject.
The CIPD Diploma is the most advanced type of qualification that you can study. It takes the same format as the CIPD Certificate, but covers more complex subjects, in greater detail, than the Certificate. It takes between one year and two years to complete.
So, that’s how do the individual qualifications compare to degree study? Let’s have a look.