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Human Resource CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Human Resource Practice

The CIPD Foundation Certificate in Human Resource Practice is the number one qualification from CIPD for a career in HR and personnel development. Enrol on your CIPD Qualification today and we will guarantee that you will pass.*

Who is it for? Adult learners interested in entering HR or those already working in HR support, looking to develop their knowledge and skills
Qualification: CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in HR Practice
Location: Distance Learning (with 2x workshops in either London or Birmingham)
Start date: Ongoing
Duration: 180 recommended study hours - 9 months' tutorial support

Why take the CIPD Foundation Certificate in Human Resource Practice?

The CIPD Foundation Certificate in Human Resource Practice is an internationally recognised qualification, designed for HR professionals operating anywhere in the world, in all sectors and organisations. As the world's leading qualification in HR practice and personnel and development, CIPD qualification is highly sought after by employers and referenced time and again in job ads.

Whether you are already working as an HR professional or you're interested in a move into the industry, the CIPD Foundation Certificate in Human Resource Practice will form the building blocks for a career in HR and personnel development. CIPD qualifications give you a comprehensive introduction to all areas of HR practice and a solid understanding of the profession; teaching you a wide range of relevant practical skills and essential knowledge needed for a variety of specialist roles in the industry.

We guarantee that you will pass*:

With our reputation for delivering pass rates that are consistently above the national average, we are proud of the quality of our education and training. But we are also proud of the peace of mind we offer our students. For students who meet their Tutor Marked Assignment deadlines (including resubmissions) and attend all workshops, our ongoing support will guarantee your success on the course.

What is CIPD?

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the professional body for those involved in the management and development of people. CIPD is the world's largest Chartered HR and development professional body, with over 130,000 members across 120 countries and 12,000 professionals training in CIPD qualifications and certifications each year. CIPD membership demonstrates a commitment to high standards of professionalism and to continuing professional development and is highly valued by employers.

The CIPD Foundation Certificate comprises the first stage on the CIPD pathway, enabling you to apply for professional Associate membership.

Foundation vs Intermediate - CIPD Qualifications

CIPD qualifications are awarded at three levels; Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. Whether you begin at the Foundation or Intermediate level depends both on your previous experience and your professional goals. To identify which level is best suited to your needs, please refer to the course snapshot below, or talk to a Course Advisor for a full course consultation and enrol in the most suitable CIPD Qualification.

Foundation Certificate Intermediate Certificate
Level 3 qualification - comparable to studying at A-level standard Level 5 qualification - comparable to studying at under-graduate degree standard
9 month programme 12 month programme
Provides an introduction to HR principles and overview of the profession Provides an in-depth and comprehensive examination of HR practice
Leads to HR job roles at entry level Leads to HR job roles at mid-managerial level
Leads to Associate Level Membership of the CIPD Leads to Associate Level Membership of the CIPD

*Terms and conditions apply. Only applies to students who meet their Tutor Marked Assignment deadlines (including resubmissions) and attend all workshops.

Teaching you the latest thinking and best practice within Human Resource and Personnel and Development, CIPD training will give you a comprehensive introduction to the profession; allowing you to study at home to gain the qualification that will put you ahead of the game.

The course is taught as a blended learning programme through a mixture of guided self-study and face-to-face workshops. There are two face-to-face workshops, both workshops for each tutorial group will be held in the same location (London or Birmingham) to give you the choice at the point of enrolment of which location best suits your needs.

The course is made up of six units (each unit consisting of 1 e-book), including two face-to-face workshops*:

  • Developing yourself as an effective Human Resource Practitioner
  • Delivering Learning and Development Activities
  • Understanding Organisations and the Role of Human Resources (workshop unit)
  • Recording, Analysing and Using Human Resources Information
  • Supporting Good Practice in Performance and Reward Management (workshop unit)
  • Resourcing Talent.

As this is a practical blended learning program, you will be assessed through demonstration of your knowledge and understanding in written assignments and through demonstration of your practical skills in workshops. This will give you the chance to put your learning into practice and interact both with your tutor and fellow students without having to arrange for day release or fit your commitments around evening classes, as with typical CIPD training programmes.

For more information, view a sample of our course materials and upcoming Tutor Workshop Groups for the CIPD Foundation Certificate

To gain your qualification you need to attend all workshops that make up the programme, complete and pass the post-workshop exercises and activities, and successfully complete all assignments.

Course Study Hours

The course is made of 169 guided study hours as follows:

  • 1 hour induction
  • 2 x 12 hour weekend workshops
  • 1 hour individual tutorial session
  • 143 hours private study.

The CIPD programme will take 9 months to complete, which broken down equates to roughly 3-4 study hours a week. With the course, you will get 9 month's tutorial support, beginning from your course start date, so that you don’t miss out if you enrol early.

*Face-to-face workshops are mandatory. Cost of accommodation and travel is not included.

Course Snapshot

  • Level 3 qualification – comparable to studying at A-Level
  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Six units (each unit consists of 1 ebook) with six tutor-marked assignments, each comprising a standalone Award and together making up the full CIPD Foundation Certificate in HR Practice qualification
  • Two face-to-face workshop units taught in either London or Birmingham
  • Approximately 169 guided study hours - as this is for the most part a distance learning course, you are in control over how much time you commit to your studies each week in the lead up to your tutorial classes
  • Flexible payment options.

CIPD Membership

  • Access to the unique online tool ‘my HR map’ to monitor your development
  • Up to date news from global development within the HR profession
  • Access to surveys, reports, research materials and online journals
  • Monthly people management journal
  • Discounts on books, training courses and seminars
  • Access to local CIPD branches and chance to attend key HR events, networking and learning opportunities free of charge.

What is Included?

  • A copy of the official CIPD textbook
  • 9 month's tutorial support: high quality tutoring from experienced practitioners and a tutor group of peers with whom you will progress and learn
  • Downloadable course materials and supporting resources
  • 24 hour access to the Home Learning College Virtual Learning Campus
  • Free career management service
  • NUS card - the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts.

Please note that although you will be required to have CIPD membership in order to submit any assignments, membership is not included with the course. When your tuition period is about to begin, you will be provided with a registration key. Once you have your registration key you can complete the online membership form, choose your preferred payment method, insert the registration key where needed and submit the form online, this will give you immediate access to all the benefits of CIPD membership.

This course will be open to anyone with an interest in Human Resources and employee management, looking to gain a professional HR qualification and further their career within the profession.

Please note the following prerequisites that will apply to the course:

  • To enrol on the Level 3 Certificate in HR course, it will be desirable that students hold a Level 2 or equivalent (GCSE Level) qualification so that they are confident studying at Level 3
  • You will be required to have a valid UK address (students outside the UK will receive an additional postage charge)
  • You will be required to be over the age of 18
  • You will be required to have a solid grasp of the English language
  • You will be required to have access to a computer and the internet throughout your study period
  • You will be required to have basic PC skills in order to navigate our Virtual Learning Campus
  • You will be required to demonstrate full commitment to your studies and attend both mandatory face-to-face workshops.

Did you know that one of the most common challenges people face in pursuing education is the cost? That is why Home Learning College has developed the most flexible payment terms of any other UK distance learning provider. You can pay in full immediately or split your course fees over three instalments at no extra charge.

Alternatively you can apply for our 12, 18 or 24 months payment plans*. Representative APR 19.9%. These plans are offered by our finance provider Omni Capital, take a look at a representative APR Example. Speak to one of our Course Advisors for further details.

* Any Credit Agreement you enter into is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance, is subject to a credit check and is governed by their Terms and Conditions. Home Learning College is a broker on behalf of Omni Capital Retail Finance only. 


After completing the CIPD Certificate in HR, you will be ready to take on a variety of HR and personnel and development support roles within private and public sector organisations, such as HR administrator roles earning up to £25,000*.

As leading provider for internationally recognised Human Resource qualifications, CIPD is the world’s largest chartered HR and Personnel and Development body and the only HR professional institution to offer chartered status to its members. Upon completion of your Foundation Certificate, you will automatically be upgraded to Associate Membership of the CIPD. This means you can start using the designatory letters Assoc CIPD and get started with your HR career straight away. You will also be able to continue with further study on the CIPD path, going on to study for your CIPD diploma.

HR Administrator


*Source: Totaljobs.com - Salary Checker January 2013.

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*Source: Totaljobs.com - Salary Checker January 2013.

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