The CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management is an mid-level qualification aimed at professionals who are looking to develop their current career in Human Resources and advance to more senior HR positions. It's at undergraduate-level, in terms of difficulty.
It's ideal for HR professionals who have existing experience of human resources and people management, or for those who have successfully completed the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice. You'll need some prior work experience in the field to be eligible to study this course.
A Level 5 course, this qualification will hone your professional knowledge and take your skills to the next level. It's designed to challenge your expertise and equip you with the specialist, critical and strategic HR skills for you to be able to perform intermediate HR roles successfully.
The course is split into seven modules, six of which are core modules and one elective module which you'll choose yourself, based on your own professional interests:
- Talent Management and Workforce Planning
- Reward for Performance and Contribution
- Professional Behaviours and Valuing People
- Organisational Performance and Culture in Practice
- Evidence-Based Practice
- Employment Relationship Management
Elective modules (choose one)
- Specialist Employment Law
- Diversity and Inclusion
- People Management in an International Context
- Leadership and Management Development
- Wellbeing at Work
In Talent Management and Workforce Planning, you'll explore how managing the workforce is vital to ensure long-term business success. In this module, you’ll look at contemporary labour market trends and understand their significance for workforce planning, including how organisations can position themselves in competitive labour markets.
You’ll also explore the techniques used to forecast supply and demand, study various approaches to succession and contingency planning and learn how to build diverse talent pools, manage contractual arrangements and onboarding, and develop and retain your organisation’s talent.
In Reward for Performance and Contribution, you’ll look at how to develop effective reward packages and how to gather and analyse data to support reward decisions. You’ll learn how internal and external business factors influence reward strategies and policies, the financial drivers of the organisation and the impact of reward costs.
In addition, you'll examine the principles of reward and its importance to workplace culture, performance management, and how policies and practices are implemented, and learn about the legislative requirements that impact reward, considering the role of HR in supporting managers to make fair, consistent and appropriate reward judgements.
Professional Behaviours and Valuing People will help you you evaluate what it means to be a people professional, how the role is evolving, and how you can apply personal and ethical values at work.
You’ll learn how to champion inclusive and collaborative strategies, explore the human and business benefits of inclusive behaviours and the right to be fairly treated at work and evaluate solutions aimed at building positive working relationships.
Finally, you’ll assess your own strengths and weaknesses and formulate a Continuous Professional Development plan to guide your learning journey.
In Organisational Performance and Culture in Practice , you'll explore the connections between organisational structure and strategy and the wider world of work in a commercial context. Examining the factors and trends that impact business strategy and workforce planning, you'll look at the influence of culture as well as employee wellbeing and behaviour in delivering change and organisational performance and learn how to analyse and assess organisational priorities.
In Evidence-Based Practice , you'll develop an understanding of evidence-based practice and the tools and methods that you can use to diagnose workplace issues, challenges and opportunities.
You’ll also learn to evaluate the benefits, risks and financial implications of solutions aimed at improving people practice issues, as well as measure the impact and value people practice contributions make to organisations.
In Employment Relationship Management, you'll analyse the key approaches, practices and tools you can use to manage and enhance the employee relationship.
You’ll develop an understanding of practices aimed at supporting employees as well as review emerging trends and developments to inform approaches to employee engagement. You'll also examine collective employment law and employee representation, and gain practical skills in performance, disciplinary and grievance matters, acquiring the skills required for handling procedures effectively.
You can find out more about what you'll study on the CIPD Level 5 Foundation Certificate in People Practice in our blog, CIPD 101: A Complete Guide to CIPD HR