CIPD Level 3 CertificateLearning & Development

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The 100% online CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Learning & Development is an essential introduction to the fundamentals of L&D. It's a highly practical, real-world course that you can put to use from day one.

You might already be working in an L&D-related role, or perhaps you'd like to make a move into this popular and highly rewarding field. Either way, a qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Europe's largest HR and Personnel Development body, will show employers that you have what it takes to develop both an effective workforce and your own career. 

The CIPD Level 3 Certificate in L&D will give you a thorough grounding in the training cycle and the fundamentals of learning and development. You'll learn how to identify training needs then plan, deliver and evaluate professional development activities in response to those needs.

Through this course, you'll be developing your skills and career options while you learn to do the same for others. It'll give you the confidence to be more effective at work and to add value to your HR or training function.

If the Foundation Certificate isn't right for you, have a look at our other CIPD L&D courses at Levels 3, 5 and 7.

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To achieve the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Learning & Development, you need a total of 26 credits, which you'll gain from the following core units:

  1. Becoming an Effective L&D Practitioner (4 credits)
  2. L&D and the organisation (4 credits)
  3. Identifying L&D Needs (3 credits)
  4. Designing L&D Activities (6 credits)
  5. Delivering L&D Activities (6 credits)
  6. Evaluating L&D Activities (3 credits)


You don't need any prior qualifications or experience to enrol on this 100% online Foundation Level L&D course. Some experience in HR/L&D support or management would be beneficial, but this isn't essential.

This course is ideal if you:

  1. Want to gain the essential knowledge and skills required to move into L&D
  2. Are working in an HR or L&D support role but don't hold a formal HR or L&D qualification
  3. Are a current line manager with responsibility for people management and development
  4. Are looking to become a professional member of the CIPD (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.

With a Foundation qualification in Learning & Development from the leading professional body in the field, you'll be ready to excel in an entry/support-level L&D or training role.

Examples of roles you could enter or progress in with the CIPD Level 3 Certificate in L&D include:

  1. L&D Assistant
  2. L&D Coordinator
  3. L&D 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.

You could continue your professional development by taking the full CIPD Level 3 Diploma in L&D, of which this Certificate forms a part. 

You could also progress to the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate or the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in L&D


Certificates give you key knowledge and skills; Diplomas cover more units and therefore give you a more comprehensive knowledge of L&D.

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

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 in various ways across each unit that you study. Each assignment will be submitted online to your tutor for marking.

Becoming an Effective L&D Practitioner

  1. Report, self-assessment, CPD Record

L&D and the Organisation

  1. Lecture Notes

Identifying L&D Needs

  1. Report and Lecture Notes

Designing L&D Activities

  1. Report and Session Plan

Delivering L&D Activities

  1. Film yourself delivering an activity (30 min max), a written reflective account based on this activity

Evaluating L&D Activities

  1. Practical Report

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

Please contact us for the latest fee information.