Award, Certificate and Diploma indicate the length and scope of your CIPD qualification.
CIPD Awards are bite-sized courses covering one unit from the Diploma. They're useful if you only want to learn about one specific area of HR, such as employment law.
CIPD Certificates are well-rounded mid-length qualifications, covering essential units from the Diploma.
CIPD Diplomas are the most comprehensive and desirable CIPD qualifications, covering everything you need to know to excel in your career. Most students choose the Diploma.
At each CIPD Level, there is a Diploma, a Certificate, and a variety of Awards.
Diplomas and Certificates give you CIPD professional membership; Awards don’t.