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CIPD L&D Qualifications

Our CIPD pass rate is 99%*

Get CIPD qualified 100% online and advance your career from anywhere with a globally recognised CIPD qualification.

We make it easy to fit your CIPD qualification around your busy schedule. You can set your own flexible timetable, study wherever suits you from your mobile, tablet or laptop, and get help when you need it with unlimited support and live online classrooms.


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Transform your career with a flexible online CIPD L&D qualification.

Whether you’re looking to move into L&D or are currently working in the profession and looking to progress, a CIPD Learning & Development qualification will be a valuable asset to your future career. 

  • If you’re new to L&D, our CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate will teach you the essentials of people practice, including elements of both HR and learning and development.
  • If you have some experience working in learning and development or carrying out L&D-related activities, our CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma will allow you to build on your existing skills and move into managerial and advisory L&D roles.
  • If you have significant experience in L&D/HR or an HR degree, our CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma will develop the postgraduate-level knowledge you’ll need to excel in senior L&D roles such as L&D Director, L&D/Training Consultant, or Head of L&D.

We understand that most people aren’t in a position to leave their current employment to study full-time. That’s why we’ve designed our CIPD courses to be highly flexible. You can study at your own pace with no set deadlines and work to your own timetable.

We give you more freedom than any other CIPD provider, allowing you to get a CIPD Learning & Development qualification on your own terms.


CIPD L&D Student Reviews

"I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and highly recommend it to anyone looking to specialise in L&D. I feel it has made me more credible in the training setting."

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Mala Punn

"The tutors are highly experienced – some practically and others academically. The online classrooms were insightful."

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Adam Currie

"It has provided me with confidence within my L&D practice and I have also been able to network with other like-minded people."

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Jennifer Thomas


We’re the UK’s most recommended CIPD centre, with a Trustpilot rating of 4.8/5 from more than 5000 independent student reviews. We’re trusted by thousands of students each year across 100+ countries.

We’re also the world’s most experienced online learning provider, having been pioneers in flexible distance learning for 130 years.

Our flexible self-paced course structure, unlimited support, and interest-free monthly payment plans make it easy to shape learning around your life.

That’s why every year, we help thousands of students like you get qualifications they need to succeed.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the world’s largest professional body for those involved in the management and development of people.

It has 150,000 members worldwide, and more than 25,000 professionals study CIPD HR and L&D qualifications and certifications each year. It’s the gold standard for professional quality in learning and development and human resources.

CIPD L&D qualifications are highly respected by employers, meaning they'll help you get hired, get promoted, and increase your salary – all while giving you the skills you need to shine at work.

Every learner is different, so you should always talk to an experienced CIPD advisor before committing to a course, but here’s a rough guide to CIPD's three levels:

The CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate is ideal if you're new to the people profession. It's designed for HR and L&D beginners.

The CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma is a great choice if you have some L&D experience and want to move into a mid-level L&D management or advisory role. It's also suited to you if you’re new to L&D but have a university degree and want to begin your studies at a higher level.

The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma is for you if you have significant L&D or HR experience or an HR degree. It will give you the high-level strategic skills you need to manage the L&D function at a senior level.

If you'd like to focus on HR rather than L&D, you could study a CIPD Human Resources qualification.

Before you enrol with us, our expert CIPD advisors will talk through your experience, education, and ambitions to ensure you’re choosing the right course for you.

If you’re not ready to commit to a full CIPD qualification and would like to focus on only the essential modules, you could study one of our CIPD Core programmes. 

The CIPD Level 5 Core programme covers 3 modules:

  • Organisational Performance and Culture in Practice
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Professional Behaviours and Valuing People

It has an average completion time of 6 months and a support period of 9 months. 

The CIPD Level 7 Core programme covers 4 modules:

  • Work and Working Lives in a Changing Business Environment
  • People Management and Development Strategies for Performance 
  • Personal Effectiveness, Ethics and Business Acumen 
  • Business Research in People Practice

It has an average completion time of 9 months and a support period of 12 months. 

Bear in mind that our Core programmes won’t give you a CIPD qualification, just the essential skills you need to succeed in an L&D role.

If you complete a Core programme and then decide you’d like to move onto the full CIPD Diploma at that level, you won’t need to take the whole course again – you can simply complete the extra modules and you’ll be CIPD qualified!

For more information on our CIPD Core programmes, get in touch with our course advisors by webchat, email or phone. 

Ready to learn more or have questions about CIPD? Contact our expert CIPD advisors by email, online chat or phone.

You can also advance your career with our range of online CIPD Human Resources courses.

* Pass rate based on 16,459 out of 16,685 assignments achieving a pass at the first or second attempt between Sept 2019 and Aug 2020.

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