Every learner is different, so you should always talk to an experienced CIPD advisor before committing to a course, but here’s a rough guide to CIPD's three levels:
If you’re new to HR like our student Katherine, our CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate will give you a strong introduction to the foundations of HR so you can launch your HR career and excel in roles like HR Assistant and Administrator.
If you've got some experience with HR or a university degree like Susan, our CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma will allow you to build on your existing knowledge and gain roles like HR Manager or Advisor.
If you have lots of HR experience or an HR degree like HR Director Helen, our CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma will develop the strategic thinking you’ll need to shine in the most senior HR roles. Level 7 courses are set at postgraduate level, with the CIPD Level 7 Diploma being equivalent to a Master's Degree in HR.
If you'd like to focus on L&D, you could study a CIPD Learning & Development qualification.
Before you enrol with us, our expert CIPD advisors will talk through your experience, education, and ambitions to ensure you’re choosing the right course for you.