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Online learning is growing - ICS Learn acquires Development Processes Group (DPG)

As we rethink our concept of how we work and learn, both organisations are ready to help students easily adapt and succeed in a rapidly changing world.

ICS Learn, the UK’s leading online learning organisation of professional qualifications, has acquired fellow provider DPG. Both companies will combine their collective knowledge and talent with the aim of delivering an unrivalled experience for students starting or advancing their career in HR.

ICS Learn and DPG will continue to offer online qualifications in HR through the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Both companies will be run by the ICS Learn board and will ensure consistency and quality across an expanding market, benefiting both students and shareholders alike.

Online learning has grown significantly in recent years as technology and connectivity develops alongside education and this trajectory has been accelerated during the Covid-19 pandemic. The market is forecasted to be $350 billion by 2025.

Robert Wagner, DPG Commercial Director said, “We look forward to working alongside ICS Learn and believe that together we will provide greater choice and value to the marketplace, much needed for customers during these challenging times.”

Colin Kennedy, ICS Learn CEO said, “This is an exciting opportunity for both brands and gives us the chance to grow and reach out to a wider audience who are looking for opportunities to advance their careers in a convenient and affordable way.”


ICS Learn are an award-winning online learning organisation that provides globally recognised professional qualifications for individuals and businesses. Founded in 1889, they’ve been pioneers in distance learning for more than 130 years. They currently have more than 23,000 students across 100+ countries.

DPG has successfully worked with organisations of all sizes and sectors for almost 30 years and have become one of the largest single providers of CIPD Learning & Development and HR programmes and apprenticeships.