Advance your career: 74% say their qualification played a vital role in their career advancement ‡
Increase your salary: 78% increase their earning potential within 2 years ‡
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Enhance your credibility: the only L&D qualification that leads to CIPD Chartered Membership
To study this CIPD Advanced Level 7 course, you should have significant HR or L&D experience or an HR degree.
This qualification is equivalent to a Master's degree, so you should be prepared to take on postgraduate-level study.
If English is your second language, we recommend you have an IELTS 6.5/ESOL Level 2 or equivalent, but we're happy to review your case on an individual basis.
The course is fully online. It's assessed through written assignments and two in-person exams.
You'll study 8 units in total: all 7 core units, plus your choice of 1 optional unit.
For full details of what you’ll learn on each unit, download our CIPD course guide.
The Level 7 Diploma in HRD allows you to specialise in HR development. If you'd rather study broader HR management, the Level 7 Diploma in HRM offers the same content but with greater flexibility in which units you choose.
‘Working full-time and having two young children, it was important that I could work at my own pace. My HR Director encouraged me to take this route rather than do an MA, as she felt CIPD was more about applying the theory in practice.’
- Sarah Watts
‘The tutors are highly experienced – some practically and others academically; which helps tremendously. The online classrooms were insightful. For those that enjoy an online, self-paced learning experience I would recommend ICS Learn.’
- Adam Currie
‘ICS Learn has given me the ability to work full-time, volunteer part-time and study for a new qualification, all in my own time and without the need to take holidays. L&D has moved from an interest to a passion.’
- Mike Bignall
* Pass rate of 95% based on 17,406 submitted assignments and 16,550 passes between 16th January 2016 and 17th January 2017.
† ICS Learn has the highest Net Promoter Score (NPS) from students against its competitors. Source: Parthenon-EY HR Employer and Learner Survey 2017.
‡ Data from a survey of 79 students who completed a CIPD qualification between August 2015 and August 2017.