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CIPD Level 3 Foundation Qualifications

CIPD Level 3 qualifications are the foundation level of the Human Resources and Learning & Development courses awarded by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. These qualifications are on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) at level 3 and are, therefore, equivalent to an A Level.

The CIPD foundation level qualifications are ideal for anyone looking to develop their professional knowledge, expand their skills and advance their career. Studying a CIPD course means you can draw on the experience of the HR community and subject matter experts.

There are no specific entry requirements for the foundation level of CIPD studies (apart from being proficient in English language). The courses are, therefore, ideal for anyone:

  1. wanting to gain the essential knowledge and skills required to move into HR or L&D
  2. working in an HR or L&D support role but who do not hold a formal HR or L&D qualification
  3. line managers with responsibility for people management and development
  4. looking to become a professional member of the CIPD as an Associate member

Examples of job roles you can enter or progress in with this level of study include:

  1. HR/L&D Assistant
  2. HR/L&D Coordinator
  3. HR/L&D Administrator
  4. Trainer

What is the difference between the CIPD Level 3 Certificate and the CIPD Level 3 Diploma?

The Level 3 Foundation Certificate is a popular medium scope qualification which offers a comprehensive coverage of essential subject areas. However, the most comprehensive qualification covering the most units at this level is the Level 3 Diploma. The diploma covers more subjects and, therefore, deepens your knowledge of Human Resources.

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