A career in human resources has the potential to take you places, and our fully online CIPD Human Resource Practice (Foundation Level 3) course is a great way to develop your skills and career prospects. It's accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the largest human resources and development professional body in Europe.
The CIPD Certificate in Human Resource Practice will teach you the latest in HR management principles and equip you with the skills and strategies involved in successful personnel management and development. It'll prepare you for a support-level role in any HR department.
You'll learn the fundamentals of HR Practice and build a firm foundation on which to base a successful career in human resources. You'll look at the role of human resources in business and learn to assess skills and knowledge and create skill sets that strengthen the workforce.
You'll also look at data analysis and learn techniques for personnel development and motivation, such as performance-related reward programmes. You'll examine the legal aspects of personnel management and learn effective strategies for successful change management.
Once you've completed the course, you'll automatically become an Associate Member of the CIPD.
Online Human Resources Courses
If the Foundation Certificate isn't right for you, have a look at our other CIPD Courses at foundation, intermediate and advanced level.
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To achieve the CIPD Certificate in HR Practice, you need a total of 28 credits. You'll gain these by studying the four core units, then two out of the three optional units.
Understanding Organisations and the Role of Human Resources
Recording, Analysing and Using HR Information
Developing Yourself as an Effective HR/L&D Practitioner
Delivering Learning and Development Activities
Supporting Good Practice in Performance and Reward Management
Supporting Good Practice in Managing Employment Relations
You don't need any experience or qualifications to enrol on this Foundation Level HR course. It's perfect for you if you're new to HR or if you're currently working in an HR support role (such as HR Admin or HR Assistant).
The CIPD Level 3 Certificate is ideal if you:
If English is your second language, you’ll need an IELTS 6.5 or ESOL Level 2 (or equivalent). If you don’t have this, we’ll review your case on an individual basis.
If you're unsure that this is the right course for you, speak to our expert CIPD course advisors by phone, email or webchat. They'll take time to learn about your experience, education and ambitions, and help you make the right choice.
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Once you've completed the Foundation Certificate in Human Resource Practice, you'll be equipped with the skills to excel in a variety of HR support roles. If you're already working in HR, you'll have a qualification that formalises your knowledge, builds on your experience and demonstrates your commitment to advancing your career.
Jobs you could hold include:
Any CIPD qualification is highly attractive to employers, as it demonstrates both your professional expertise and your commitment to furthering your career.
Plus, once you graduate, you'll automatically become an Associate Member of CIPD, showing that you hold yourself to the highest professional standards.
If you decide to continue your professional development with CIPD, your study and further experience could lead to Chartered status with the Institute, and the potential for lucrative and rewarding senior level roles.
Once you've completed this Foundation Certificate, you could expand your knowledge by studying the full CIPD Level 3 Diploma.
It covers all the units that are on the Certificate plus several extra, so you'll gain more comprehensive knowledge of HR. You'll pay only the difference between the cost of the courses, and study only the units that the Certificate didn't cover.
You could also progress to the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate or the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in Human Resource Management.
We believe in making learning accessible and affordable for all, so you'll have the option to pay for your course through an interest-free payment plan. You'll be able to get started right away with a small deposit and pay the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can pay your balance off sooner if you choose.
If your company will fund your course, we can help you arrange this.
Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.
Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students.
Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field. You'll work through step-by-step units so you can easily keep track of your progress.
You'll have the opportunity to join a live induction webinar when you start your course. It's designed to help you navigate your way around the student community, to offer you help and support, and most importantly to give you a warm and friendly welcome to ICS Learn. We usually hold one a week, and you can attend any one that suits you.
You’ll have access to a huge range of resources that will aid your studies, including:
As a CIPD HR Practice student, you'll also receive an e-book:
In addition to working through your course materials, you'll be able to join a live tutor-led online classroom. You'll be able to talk to the tutor, interact with other students, and get help with anything you're stuck with. All the classes are recorded so you can watch them in your own time if you prefer, and re-watch them as many times as you need.
You’ll be assigned an expert academic tutor who'll be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone or via the Student Community. They’ll answer any questions you have about coursework, study materials, and assessments, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with.
They’ll also give you test papers and mock exams to ensure you’re ready to pass your exams. All your papers will be given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.
Our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.
You'll be assessed through Personal Development Plans (PDPs), portfolios, case studies and skills assignments with written tasks.