CIPD HR Qualifications

Our CIPD pass rate is 96%*

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

We make it easy to fit your online CIPD HR qualification around your busy schedule. You can set your own flexible timetable, study wherever suits you from your phone, tablet or laptop, and get help when you need it with one-to-one tutor support and live online classrooms.


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CIPD Level 3 Foundation

Get started in entry-level HR roles

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CIPD Level 5 Intermediate

Progress to managerial HR roles

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CIPD Level 7 Advanced

Prepare for strategic senior HR roles

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Transform your career with the UK's most trusted online CIPD centre.†

Whether you're considering a career in human resources, seeking to progress your existing HR career, or simply want to bring useful postgraduate-level knowledge to your current role, studying a CIPD qualification with us is the first step to fulfilling your potential. 

Our online CIPD qualifications will help you:

  • Enhance your CV and attract top employers
  • Secure promotions and increase your salary
  • Develop your professional credibility and confidence
  • Stand out in your organisation for the high quality of your work

We understand that many people aren't able to give up their current job or commitments to study full-time. That’s why we’ve designed our online CIPD qualifications to be highly flexible. You can study at your own pace with no set assignment deadlines and work to your own timetable.

We give you more freedom than any other CIPD provider, allowing you to get CIPD qualified on your own terms.

CIPD HR Student Reviews

"Just one month after enrolling with ICS Learn for my CIPD course, I landed my first HR role and I am over the moon!"

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Nikki Long

"The level of support I got from my tutors, staff and customer service members was amazing. I was able to succeed with flying colours."

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Umar Shahid

"The ICS Learn system is so flexible, I’m able to care for my family and study at the same time – everything’s at my own pace."

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Marion Turvey


We’re the UK’s most recommended CIPD centre, with a Trustpilot rating of 4.8/5 from more than 4000 independent student reviews. We’re trusted by thousands of students each year across 100+ countries.

We’re also the world’s most experienced online learning provider, having been pioneers in flexible distance learning for 130 years.

Our online CIPD qualifications are designed to give you complete control over your learning:

  • Learn anytime – before work, during your lunch break, or after the kids are in bed
  • Learn anywhere – your home, your office, your commute, or the local park
  • Learn on-the-go – on your phone, tablet or laptop

Our unlimited one-to-one tutor support and live online HR classes mean you're only ever a message or phone call away from a helping hand when you need it.

And our interest-free payment plans let you pay for your course in easy-to-manage monthly installments without paying a penny more.

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

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

CIPD accreditation is the gold standard for professional quality in human resources and learning and development. This means that 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.§

Where CIPD qualifications aren't a necessity, they'll put you head and shoulders above the competition.

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 courses 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 courses 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 courses 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.

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.

At each CIPD Level, there are three lengths of qualification to choose from.

CIPD Diplomas are the most comprehensive CIPD courses at each level and take the longest to complete. They cover all areas of HR from employment law to talent management, giving you well-rounded generalist and specialist knowledge that will serve you well in a wide variety of roles.

CIPD Certificates consist of selected modules from the full Diploma. They're slightly shorter in length, but still cover the core subjects in detail, and are a great choice if you’re looking to gain essential HR knowledge in less time.

CIPD Awards are an individual module from the Diploma studied as a standalone course. They give you in-depth knowledge of a narrow subject area and are ideal if you’d like to specialise in a specific area of HR or L&D such as employment law.

Our expert CIPD Advisors will help you choose which course length is right for you.

Ready to learn more or have questions about CIPD? Contact our expert CIPD advisors by email, online chat or phone on 0333 363 6743

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

* 96% pass rate based on 18,872 assignments submitted and 18,125 passed between 1/9/17 and 31/8/18.

† ICS Learn has a Trustpilot rating of 4.8/5 from more than 4000 independent student reviews.

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

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