A career in human resources has high potential to take you places, and the 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 is a HR qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. It offers the latest in HR management principles and equips you with practical skills and knowledge of the processes and strategies involved in successful personnel management and development. It will equip you for a support-level role in any HR department.
You will 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 look at data analysis and learn techniques for personnel development and motivation, such as performance-related reward programmes. The legal aspects of personnel management will be examined, as will effective strategies for successful change management.
Once completed, the Certificate in Human Resource Practice at Foundation level will provide you with the knowledge you need to continue on to Intermediate and Advanced-level CIPD courses and to apply for Associate level membership with CIPD.
If the Foundation Certificate is not a suitable course for you, have a look at our range of alternative CIPD Courses at foundation, intermediate and advanced level.
Structure of Qualification
To achieve the CIPD Certificate in HR Practice, you need a total of 28 credits, gained from the following units.
After you have completed the first four core units, you will have a choice of units to make up your total credits.
- Understanding Organisations and the Role of Human Resources - 4 credits
- Recording, Analysing and Using HR Information - 2 credits
- Resourcing Talent* - 6 credits
- Developing Yourself as an Effective HR/L&D Practitioner - 4 credits
By this point you will have gained 16 credits. The remaining 12 credits should be made up from the following choice of units.
- Delivering Learning and Development Activities* - 6 credits
- Supporting Good Practice in Performance and Reward Management* - 6 credits
- Supporting Good Practice in Managing Employment Relations - 6 credits
* There are workshops for these units
Understanding Organisations and the Role of Human Resources (4 credits)
- This unit provides an introduction to the role of HR and L&D operations within an organisation and environmental context. You will develop your understanding of how HR activities support an organisation's strategy and assist the achievement of business objectives and how these are shaped by internal and external factors.
Recording, Analysing and Using HR Information (2 credits)
- This unit develops your understanding of the important contribution that accurate data can make to the HR or L&D function. The unit is intended to span the remit of data management for all areas including, but not limited to, HR planning, recruitment and selection, performance and reward management, absence management, disciplinary and grievance procedures and electronic record management for L&D.
*Resourcing Talent (6 credits)
- Organisational success depends on having the right skill mix. This unit provides an introduction to the resourcing and talent planning process. Studying this unit will enable you to understand the factors that impact on an organisation's resourcing and talent planning activities. You will also learn about the relationship between recruitment and selection by identifying the key stages in each separate but related process.
- You will then attend a workshop when you have completed the Resourcing Talent unit.
Developing Yourself as an Effective HR/L&D Practitioner (4 credits)
- This unit is designed to enable you to develop a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviour required of a professional practitioner. It will enable you to develop a personal development plan, following a self-assessment of learning and development needs that meets your personal and professional requirements.
*Delivering Learning and Development Activities (6 credits)
- This unit will provide the knowledge and skills required to deliver planned L&D activities, for example one-to-one, small group and large group sessions. The need for learning and development arises for diverse reasons, including both individual self-assessment and organisational assessment. A learning and development needs analysis may identify organisational challenges or problems affecting employees, for example, major organisational change, the introduction of new operations or systems and/or the maintenance of existing operations or systems.
- There is a workshop element with this unit.
*Supporting Good Practice in Performance and Reward Management (6 credits)
- This unit provides an introduction to the purpose and processes of performance and reward management and the role of HR in promoting and supporting good practice. Studying this unit will enable you to develop your understanding of how motivational theories and associated tools can be used within the context of performance and reward management and how these can have a positive impact on an organisation's business objectives.
- There is a workshop element with this unit.
Supporting Good Practice in Managing Employment Relations (6 credits)
- Managing the employment relationship effectively is a key part of the role of the HR practitioner. This unit aims to introduce a number of aspects of this task and to provide an introduction to employment law within the context of employee relations. It starts with an explanation of the employment relationship and the key parties that are involved within it. It then focuses on different aspects of HR activity, looking at good practice and legal requirements within each activity.
* Denotes that this unit has a workshop
There are no prerequisites for this Foundation HR level course, however you must be proficient in English language, have access to email and the Internet and knowledge of or experience in HR support or management would be beneficial. CIPD Foundation qualifications are ideal for those who:
- Want to gain the essential knowledge and skills required to move into HR or L&D
- Are working in an HR or L&D support role but who do not hold a formal HR or L&D qualification
- Are current Line managers with responsibility for people management and development
- Are Looking to become a professional member of the CIPD (Associate Assoc CIPD).
If English is not your first language, you will be required to have an IELTS score of 6.0 or above.
With a qualification in HR Practice from the leading professional body in the field, you'll be ready to take on a support-level role in any HR department. If you're already working in personnel, you'll have a qualification that builds on your previous experience to demonstrate your commitment to furthering your career.
You may decide to complete the Diploma in Human Resource Practice, or perhaps progress to Intermediate or Advanced-level CIPD study with ICS Learn. Ultimately, your study and further experience could lead to Associate or Chartered status with the Institute, and the potential for senior level roles.
On completion, you'll receive the CIPD Level 3 Certificate in Human Resource Practice.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is Europe's largest HR and development professional body. It is a globally recognised brand with over 135,000 members, and prides itself on supporting and developing those responsible for the management and development of people within organisations.
Assessments will take the form of Personal Development Plans (PDPs), portfolios, case studies and skills assignments with written tasks.
- Understanding Organisations and the Role of Human Resources (3HRC): Three short written tasks
- Recording, Analysing and Using HR Information (3RAI): A case study
- Resourcing Talent (3RTO): Two written tasks plus a presentation at a workshop
- Developing Yourself as an Effective HR/L&D Practitioner (4DEP): A personal development plan (PDP)
- Delivering Learning and Development Activities (3DLA): Two written tasks plus a presentation at a workshop
- Supporting Good Practice in Performance and Reward Management (3PRM): Two written tasks plus a presentation at a workshop
- Supporting Good Practice in Managing Employment Relations (3MER): Three short case studies
- You will also be required to attend a minimum of two two-day workshops, depending on your choice of modules. The workshops will be held at one of two UK locations.
Because we're experts in home learning, we offer all the support you need along the way.
You'll receive access to online study materials that have been specially designed for online learning by experts in your fields of study, and you will work with step-by-step modules to guide your learning.
As a CIPD HR Practice student, you'll receive the complimentary ebook: Human Resource Practice, 5th Edition, by Martin, Whiting and Jackson.
You'll have access to an experienced personal tutor both online and over the phone, ready to help you with guidance and motivation.
You'll also be part of the our Online Student Community, where you'll have access to library materials and your account information, as well as vital links with your fellow students, with the chance to discuss your work, ask questions and make new friends.
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