Human Resources Courses

Our CIPD pass rate is 99%*

Get CIPD qualified in HR 100% online and advance your career from home.

We make it easy to fit your HR course around your busy life. With us, you're in complete control of when and where you learn, whether it's during your your lunch break, your commute, or after the kids are in bed. Plus, you'll get one-to-one guidance from your CIPD tutor whenever you need it.


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Shape CIPD around your schedule and set your own flexible study plan


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Accelerate your career with HR training from the UK's most trusted CIPD centre.†

Our human resources courses are designed to be completely flexible, making it easy for you to find the perfect balance between study, work, and life.

They're highly valued by employers because they teach the evidence-based theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical skills needed to excel in HR. This means that our HR students achieve great things:

  • 73% of our CIPD graduates increase their salary
  • 82% say CIPD will play a vital role in their career advancement
  • 95% say that their CIPD qualification makes them more attractive to employers
  • 94% recommend studying CIPD‡

Many, like Anika and Nikki, land their dream human resources job even before they’ve finished their training.

We're trusted to provide the complete range of CIPD HR courses across Level 3, 5 and 7, so whether you’re new to HR like Mary, aiming for a promotion like Klaudia, switching career like Marion, or want to bring postgraduate-level knowledge to your role like HR Director Helen, CIPD HR training with us is the first step to achieving your career goals.

CIPD HR Student Reviews

"CIPD qualifications are highly respected and helped me get my first job as an HR Administrator. ICS Learn is a great way to study!"

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Faith Savar

"I am learning with the aid of excellent tutors who still work in the HR/L&D field, so they know the challenges we face."

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Warren Fellows

"This qualification has allowed me to work full-time and not feel under pressure. You decide when and where you want to study."

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Laura Ruiz Garcia

Human Resources FAQs

The human resources department is an integral part of any successful company, so there's a consistently high demand for qualified HR professionals.

This means that the rewards for working in HR are great. According to the CIPD, entry-level HR officers earn on average £26,000 a year, rising to £31,000 with experience.

HR Managers earn around £46,000 a year and HR Directors earn an average of £75,000, rising to upwards of £150,000 with bonuses included.

Depending on the level you study at, your CIPD qualification could lead to desirable roles such as:

  • HR Assistant
  • HR Advisor
  • HR Analyst
  • HR Manager
  • People & Culture Manager
  • HR Business Partner
  • HR Consultant
  • Head of HR
  • HR Director
  • Director of People & Culture
  • Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Chief People Officer

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the world’s largest professional body for those involved in the management and development of people.

It has 150,000 members worldwide, and every year, more than 25,000 professionals study a CIPD HR or L&D course. CIPD is also the only organisation in the world that can confer Chartered status on HR and L&D professionals.

CIPD HR training and accreditation is the gold standard for professional quality in human resources, so CIPD qualifications are highly respected and sought-after by employers. Our HR Employer Survey found that 78% of senior HR jobs and 72% of mid-level HR jobs listed CIPD qualifications as desirable or essential.§

Whether you're just starting out in HR or looking to take your career to the next level, our CIPD qualifications can help you:

  • Enhance your CV and attract top employers globally
  • Secure promotions and new roles
  • Increase your earning potential
  • Stand out in your organisation for the high quality of your work
  • Build your professional credibility and confidence

There are three CIPD human resources qualifications available.

The CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice is an ideal introduction to HR and L&D for those with no or minimal experience. It’s perfect if you're aiming for an entry-level role such as HR Assistant.

The CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management is right for you if you're looking for a mid-level HR role such as HR Advisor or Manager. It’s ideal if you have some HR experience, whether it's through working in HR directly or through working in a role which involves aspects of HR, such as management.

The Associate Diploma is also a great choice if you’re new to people management but have a university degree and want to begin your studies at a higher level.

The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management is for those with significant HR experience or an HR degree who are ready to take on postgraduate-level study. It will prepare you to take on strategic senior roles like HR Business Partner, Consultant or Director.

If you’d like to specialise in L&D, you could also study one of our CIPD Learning & Development courses.

We know every learner is different, so before you enrol with us, our CIPD Advisors will talk through your experience, education, and ambitions to ensure you’re choosing the right course for you.

We think our students say it best. They've rated us 4.8/5 from more than 5000+ independent Trustpilot reviews, making us the UK's most recommended CIPD centre (as well as the most experienced - we've been in education for 130 years).

We're committed to helping everyone build a career that they're proud of, and a huge part of that involves giving people the freedom to shape their qualification around their lives. 

Our online HR courses are perfect for you if you have a full-time job, kids, an irregular working pattern, a busy schedule, or if you simply want to be in control of your learning.

From our self-paced online course structure to our extended study periods to our unlimited tutor support, we give you the flexibility you need to achieve your qualification, no matter what life throws at you.

That’s why every year, we help thousands of CIPD students like you get the training and qualifications they need to succeed.

If you’re not ready to commit to a full CIPD qualification and would like to focus on only the essential modules, you could study one of our CIPD Core programmes.

The CIPD Level 5 Core programme covers 3 modules:

  • Organisational Performance and Culture in Practice
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Professional Behaviours and Valuing People

It has an average completion time of 6 months and a support period of 9 months. It costs £1,499 which can be paid in interest-free monthly instalments.

The CIPD Level 7 Core programme covers 4 modules:

  • Work and Working Lives in a Changing Business Environment
  • People Management and Development Strategies for Performance
  • Personal Effectiveness, Ethics and Business Acumen
  • Business Research in People Practice

It has an average completion time of 9 months and a support period of 12 months. It costs £3,379 which can be paid in interest-free monthly instalments.

Bear in mind that our Core programmes won’t give you a CIPD qualification, just the essential skills you need to succeed in an HR position.

If you complete a Core programme and then decide you’d like to move onto the full CIPD Diploma at that level, you won’t need to take the whole course again – you can simply complete the extra modules and you’ll be CIPD qualified!

For more information on our CIPD Core programmes, get in touch with our course advisors by webchat, email or phone.

Ready to learn more or have questions about CIPD? Contact our expert CIPD advisors by email, online chat or phone on 0800 015 3326.

You can also advance your career with our range of online CIPD Learning & Development courses.

* 99% pass rate based on 16,459 out of 16,685 assignments achieving a pass at the first or second attempt between Sept 2019 and Aug 2020.

† ICS Learn has a Trustpilot rating of 4.8/5 from more than 5000+ independent student reviews.

‡ Data from a survey of 333 ICS Learn CIPD graduates from between 2012 and 2019.

§ Data from a survey of 600 open HR job adverts listed on between July and September 2019.

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