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ICS Real Stories: Warren | Online CIPD Level 7 Review



Warren reviews his experience of studying many of our CIPD courses online with us including some Level 3 awards, our Level 5 Diploma & now our Level 7 Certificate.


I am currently studying for the CIPD Level 7 Certificate in Human Resource Management through ICS Learn.

I have an exciting and stimulating role with Network Rail as an HR Business Partner where I am responsible for one of the busiest and challenging routes within England.

After years of sitting in boring classrooms watching PowerPoint after PowerPoint and being stuck to a rigid timetable, I wanted to learn a completely new skill which fitted in with my shift pattern.

 After researching several training providers, I discovered ICS Learn and have never looked back.

My initial concerns over whether would I get any decent support and what if I have a question were soon dismissed. The infrastructure in place means questions are answered normally within 24hrs and I can always speak to my tutor.

I am now on my seventh course with ICS Learn and have completed CIPD courses that range from some Level 3 Awards in L&D, the Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Management and two Level 7 Awards in Learning and Talent Development and Employment Law.

Last year I made a mistake and went with a different provider to complete a course which, at the time ICS Learn, did not provide. Whilst I successfully gained my third Level 7 Award, it was not the same as having studied with ICS Learn.

I then went on to complete another Award with this training provider and struggled to the point where I dropped out of the programme and lost over one thousand pounds.

Their approach was the complete opposite to ICS Learn - the course materials were a series of PDF documents and the feedback was brief and not very constructive.

A year later I have returned to confront my demons and complete the CIPD Level 7 Award in Resourcing and Talent Management, but this time I’m back with ICS Learn. Three months into the course and it feels like I am wearing my favourite top.

I am learning with the aid of comprehensive course notes and material and supported by some excellent tutors who still work in the HR/L&D field, so they know the challenges and pressures we face.

My only challenge is navigating the Learning Management System but then I struggle with my banking website!

The course notes are really well written, and the formative assessments help me to secure my knowledge and understanding in preparation for the final assessment.

The support I have received from Keith Watson has been second to none and Keith provides ‘real life’ examples.

It is my intention to move onto the full CIPD Level 7 Diploma in due course and I hope to start this by the end of the year. ICS Learn will be my first port of call for this course.

To anyone thinking of learning an HR (or any) course through distance learning, don’t waste your time or money. I tried other training providers and deeply regretted it.

Come straight here and enrol with the best, you’ll never regret it.

I doubt I would have found my current role had it not been for the courses I have completed through ICS Learn.


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