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The UK’s only CIPD centre approved to deliver Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Level HR qualifications 100% online. To learn more, call us now on 0800 092 0440.

The online CIPD Level 7 Advanced Certificate in Human Resources is a postgraduate-level qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

This 100% online human resources course is perfect if you're in an HR or L&D management role and want to formalise and extend your expertise, or if you're responsible for HR/L&D strategy and need the specialist skills to excel in your role.

As this is a shorter course than the Level 7 Diploma, you'll have a choice of modules. You could learn how to manage employment relations, acquire the skills to investigate business issues from an HR perspective, or study talent development, reward management, organisational design or other specialities in depth.

You'll gain a deep understanding of the environment and contexts within which HR and L&D practitioners, management and workers interact, and become familiar with current research on approaches to human resource management and development.

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We've been a trusted CIPD Approved Centre for over 25 years, so whatever your professional aspirations, we're here to help you achieve them. If the CIPD Advanced Certificate in HR isn't the right course for you, have a look at our other 100% online HR courses.

*Pass rate based on 17,406 submitted assignments and 16,550 passes between 16th January 2016 and 17th January 2017.

To achieve the Level 7 CIPD Advanced Certificate in HR, you need a total of 60 credits. This is gained by choosing four of the following modules:


  1. Human Resource Management in Context - 15 credits
  2. Leading, Managing and Developing People - 15 credits
  3. Developing Skills for Business Leadership - 15 credits
  4. Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective - 15 credits
  5. Resourcing and Talent Management - 15 credits
  6. Managing Employment Relations - 15 credits
  7. Learning and Talent Development - 15 credits
  8. Reward Management - 15 credits
  9. Employment Law - 15 credits
  10. Leadership and Management Development - 15 credits
  11. Organisational Design and Organisational Development - 15 credits

Key Topics

Human Resource Management in Context 

  1. This module provides you with an understanding of the principal internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations, including the managerial and business context within which managers, HR professionals and workers interact in conditions of environmental turbulence, change and uncertainty.
  2. The module also examines how those leading organisations respond to these dynamic environmental contexts, and indicates how leaders in organisations, and those in the HR function, and line managers with HR responsibilities, need to recognise and acknowledge that corporate decisions and HR choices are not always shaped by managers alone.

Leading, Managing and Developing People

  1. This module will familiarise you with major contemporary research evidence on employment and effective approaches to human resource (HR) and learning and development (L&D) practice.
  2. Research focusing on the links between people management practices and positive organisational outcomes is covered, as is research that highlights major contemporary changes and developments in practice.
  3. The module also introduces you to major debates about theory and practice in the specific fields of leadership, flexibility and change management, the aim being to help you become an effective manager as well as an effective HR specialist, managing others fairly and effectively and increasing levels of engagement, commitment, motivation and performance.

Developing Skills for Business Leadership 

  1. This module is primarily concerned with the development of your skills, and specifically seeks to develop and improve a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership. These include thinking and decision-making skills, the management of financial information, managing budgets, a range of team-working and interpersonal skills and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work.
  2. The module also seeks to develop further, more specialised skills that are of particular significance to effective higher level people management and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective 

  1. This module provides the opportunity for you to demonstrate the ability to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue from an HR perspective, to locate the work within the body of contemporary knowledge, to collect and analyse data, to derive supportable conclusions and to make practical and actionable recommendations for change, improvement or enhancement of current practice.
  2. The applied nature of the report requires a critical evaluative approach, empirical investigation and analysis and a combination of academic research and business report writing skills.

Resourcing and Talent Management 

  1. This module focuses not just on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, but also on the strategic aspects to equip you with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context.
  2. Skills can be sourced by hiring employees, but also through other means such as the employment of agency workers, subcontractors and consultants, or through outsourcing arrangements. To mobilise an effective workforce organisations hire people from employment markets, which obliges them to compete for talent with other employers whenever demand for skills is greater than the available supply.

Managing Employment Relations 

  1. The module provides opportunities for you to critically apply the activities, knowledge and behavioural competencies required for managing employment relations practices in union and non-union, small and large, private, public and indigenous and multinational organisations and will enable you to review and critically evaluate the roles and functions of different stakeholders in employment relations and the structures and processes required to manage the employment relationship effectively.
  2. You will also be able to assess the impact of contextual changes on employment relations practices and organisational performance from a managerial perspective and gain insights into the creation and implementation of effective employment relations procedures and policies.

Learning and Talent Development 

  1. This module will help you develop a critical understanding of the potential and limitations of the contribution of learning and talent development policies and strategies to formulating and achieving objectives at national, organisational, group and individual levels and will enable the development of intellectual, social, professional and personal skills to perform effectively in associated professional roles.
  2. The module requires you to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint, explores the implications for professional practice, and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

Reward Management

  1. This module examines total rewards in an organisational and international context and provides you with the knowledge and understanding of environments in which reward professionals plan, implement and evaluate employee reward policies to support strategic organisational goals.
  2. You will acquire both theoretical and normative understanding of the diverse approaches to reward management and be able to critically reflect on the strengths and limitations of these approaches in promoting individual and organisational performance in a fair, reasonable and equitable way.

Employment Law

  1. The purpose of this module is to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to brief organisations on the consequences of current and future developments in employment law, and to give up-to-date, timely and accurate advice concerning the practical application of legal principles at work in different jurisdictions.
  2. The module will provide you with the key principles that underpin UK (or Irish) and EU employment law, their purpose, the major defences that employers are able to deploy when defending cases, and the potential organisational costs and reputational risks associated with losing them.

Leadership and Management Development

  1. Leadership and Management Development is about enhancing the capacity of organisations, and the people within them to better achieve their purpose in a business. LMD is a massive industry, organisations collectively spend a lot of money on this activity per annum, therefore, if it is done well, it can make a massive different to the running of an organisation.
  2. This module will walk you through the literature of LMD, the key academic theories and various exercises to ensure that you complete this section of your qualification with a strong understanding of how LMD can be used effectively.

Organisational Design and Organisational Development

  1. Organisational design is the process of strategically aligning the structure of the business in line with the ultimate aim, goal and mission of a business. It heavily involves change management and identifying how it can be successfully implemented in order to achieve success.
  2. OD on the other hand aims to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of a business focusing on structure and culture. This valuable module will therefore provide a high level strategic overview of the key areas that you need to know in order to help build your knowledge on ODD.

This is an Advanced course, so you should have a good level of HR experience and be prepared to undertake postgraduate-level study. A prior degree-based educational background would be beneficial.

The Level 7 Advanced Certificate in Human Resources is ideal if you:

  1. Have the responsibility for HR decision-making within your organisation at an operational, tactical or strategic level
  2. Are an HR professional in a team or in an HR functional management role, and are seeking to enhance and develop your career
  3. Are responsible for HR activities within an organisation that doesn't have a specialist HR function
  4. Are an independent or employed consultant who supports organisations in meeting their goals

It's a shorter course than the Level 7 Diploma, covering 4 modules compared to the Diploma's 8, so it's ideal if you want to focus on only a few areas of HR.

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.

If you have any disabilities which you believe may impact your studies or assessments, please inform your Course Advisor before enrolment so that we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

Once you've completed the Advanced Certificate in Human Resources, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and skills required for a variety of senior HR roles. Jobs you could hold include:

  1. Head of HR
  2. HR Director
  3. Senior HR Manager
  4. HR Consultant
  5. Recruitment Manager
  6. People Development Manager

Level 7 CIPD courses are the most widely sought-after HR and L&D qualifications, so you'll be poised for a lucrative and rewarding career.

The modules you choose from on this course are taken from the full Level 7 Diplomas in HR Management and HR Development. That means that if you choose to expand your studies to the more comprehensive Diploma, you'll already be halfway there.

You'll automatically become an Associate Member of the CIPD after completing this Certificate, and if you go on to complete the full Level 7 Diploma you can become a Chartered Member (MCIPD) or Fellow (FCIPD) once you've acquired the necessary professional experience.

After completing the Certificate, you could move on to study the full CIPD Level 7 Diploma. This will allow you to study an additional 4 modules, greatly broadening and deepening your HR knowledge. You won't pay for the entire course, just the difference in price between the Certificate and the Diploma.

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.

Extensive Resources

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 modules 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:

  1. Interactive Quizzes
  2. Progress Checks
  3. Peer Discussions
  4. Personal Journal
  5. Awarding Body Resources

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.

Unlimited Support

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, email or via the Student Community. They’ll answer any questions you have about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, 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 marked and 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 complete test assessments which have been devised to prepare you fully for your final CIPD assessments.

The CIPD set exams are dependant on the modules you choose. Please contact our course advisors for more information.

Please note that CIPD's annual Student membership fees are additional to your course fee.

Please contact us for the latest fee information.