CIPD Level 3 CertificateHuman Resource Practice

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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.


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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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Structure of the Course

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.

Core Units

  1. Understanding Organisations and the Role of Human Resources - 4 credits
  2. Recording, Analysing and Using HR Information - 2 credits
  3. Resourcing Talent - 6 credits
  4. Developing Yourself as an Effective HR/L&D Practitioner - 4 credits

Optional Units

  1. Delivering Learning and Development Activities - 6 credits
  2. Supporting Good Practice in Performance and Reward Management - 6 credits
  3. Supporting Good Practice in Managing Employment Relations - 6 credits

Key Topics

Understanding Organisations and the Role of Human Resources

  1. This unit provides an introduction to the role of HR and L&D operations within an organisation and environmental context. You'll develop your understanding of how HR activities support an organisation's strategy and assist in achieving of business objectives, and how these are shaped by internal and external factors.

Recording, Analysing and Using HR Information 

  1. 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

  1. 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'll also learn about the relationship between recruitment and selection by identifying the key stages in each separate but related process.

Developing Yourself as an Effective HR/L&D Practitioner

  1. This unit is designed to enable you to develop a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviour required of a professional practitioner. It'll 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

  1. This unit will give you the knowledge and skills required to deliver planned L&D activities in 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.

Supporting Good Practice in Performance and Reward Management

  1. This unit gives you 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.

Supporting Good Practice in Managing Employment Relations

  1. 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.

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:

  1. Want to study a shorter qualification than the full Diploma
  2. Want to gain the essential knowledge and skills required to move into HR
  3. Are working in an HR support role but don't have a formal HR qualification
  4. Are a current line manager with responsibility for people management and development
  5. Are looking to become a professional member of the CIPD (Associate Assoc CIPD)

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 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:

  1. HR Assistant
  2. HR Coordinator
  3. HR Administrator
  4. Trainer

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.

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 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:

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

As a CIPD HR Practice student, you'll also receive an e-book:

  1. Human Resource Practice, 5th Edition, by Martin, Whiting and Jackson

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 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.

  1. Understanding Organisations and the Role of Human Resources: three short written tasks
  2. Recording, Analysing and Using HR Information: a case study
  3. Resourcing Talent: film yourself conducting a 15-minute mock interview, two written tasks 
  4. Developing Yourself as an Effective HR/L&D Practitioner: a personal development plan (PDP)
  5. Delivering Learning and Development Activities: film yourself delivering an activity (30 min max), a written reflective account based on learnings from this activity 
  6. Supporting Good Practice in Performance and Reward Management: film yourself conducting a performance review role-play, two written tasks 
  7. Supporting Good Practice in Managing Employment Relations: three short case studies


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