CIPD Training

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.  Join the only 100% online CIPD courses designed and developed through this exclusive CIPD Training and Home Learning College partnership.

Who is it for? Adult learners interested in entering HR or those already working in HR support roles, looking to develop their knowledge and skills

CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in HR Practice
Associate membership of the CIPD

Location: Online Learning 
Start date: Ongoing
Duration: Recommended 6-8 hours of study per week - 9 months' tutorial support

Why take the CIPD Foundation Certificate in Human Resource Practice?

Home Learning College have exclusively partnered with CIPD Training to offer you a new qualification programme bringing together expertise in HR practice with the very best in digital learning design and delivery.  Our fully online CIPD Foundation Certificate (Level 3) 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, the CIPD qualification is highly sought after by employers and often referenced in job adverts.

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.

Studying your CIPD qualification online with Home Learning College allows you to learn flexibly with a digital learning programme that fits around you and your life. With 24/7 access to your mobile-friendly learning campus you can study where and when it suits you, in a bite-sized format, to maximize your available time. Submit your details in the form to receive a course brochure. 

How to gain the CIPD level 3  Foundation Certificate in HR Practice

You will progress through the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate on our award winning VLC (Virtual Learning Campus); our online learning platform which lets you study on any internet-enabled device, wherever and whenever suits you. By learning online, you can fit gaining a professional CIPD qualification around work, family and other important commitments. This programme offers you a flexibility that is simply not available from traditional colleges.

The VLC is filled with a wide range of interactive resources and engaging content, designed to cater to all learning styles to give all you the best chance of success.  The programme includes videos, interactive quizzes, live online classes – with Tutor and peer interaction, case studies and student forums. In addition, our free Career Management Hub offers you recent industry news, CV advice, interview simulators, expert video tips and recruitment help. 

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

Our CIPD Qualifications

CIPD qualifications are awarded at three levels; Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. Whether you begin at the Foundation, Intermediate or Advanced level depends both on your previous education, 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 consultation.


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 great introduction to HR principles and overview of the profession Provides an in-depth and comprehensive examination of HR practice at management level
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

Designed with CIPD subject matter experts, the CIPD Foundation Certificate will equip you to perform better in your role, through engaging, performance driven learning experiences. This qualification is designed to support career development in HR by providing a foundation to build on and an introduction to the knowledge and capabilities needed by today’s HR professionals.

Through our team of CIPD Tutors and our Virtual Learning Campus, you are equipped with the latest thinking and best practice within Human Resource whilst being able to study from your own location.

To gain your CIPD Foundation Certificate you must complete the following six units:

  • Understanding Organisations and the Role of HR
  • Developing yourself as an effective Human Resource Practitioner
  • Recording, Analysing and Using Human Resources Information
  • Supporting good practice in performance and reward management
  • Supporting good practice in Managing Employment Relations
  • Resourcing Talent.

Course Study Hours

This CIPD Level 3 programme will take 9 months to complete, with a recommend 6-8 study hours per week. With the course, you will receive 9 month's support from a Tutor who will be tuned in to your goals, right from the start.

Your qualification…

  • Level 3 qualification – comparable to studying at A-Level
  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Six units with six tutor-marked assignments. There are different types of assessment tailored to the content of the unit, these can include videos, podcasts and written assignments
  • Flexible payment options are available
  • Offers progression to study at Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management.
  • 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.

    Our Students choose us as their CIPD training provider because of the complete package of support and services we offer. This starts from your very first call with us to discuss your study options. Here are the main components:

    • A dedicated tutor takes responsibility for your overall progress through the course. They have the experience and expertise to get you qualified
    • The student services team help you learn how to use our wealth of support tools and generally make things go smoothly
    • Our marking team ensure your assignments are turned around rapidly with helpful feedback
    • Interactive live online classes tailored to your groups needs, giving you support in a live virtual classroom
    • Your learning group enables you to learn alongside your peers keeping you motivated- you really never feel like you're studying alone
    • Flexible finance options to help you spread the cost (more detail below)
    • NUS card included – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts. 
    • 24 hour access to our award winning Virtual Learning Campus with everything you need during your course in one place
    • A vibrant community of thousands of students gives you a ready-made network for support or advice
    • Practical reviews throughout the course cement your knowledge
    • Real time personal progress tracking ensures you stay on track and are fully motivated to keep going
    • A comprehensive Career Management Service includigng video career coaching, interview simulator, career assessment tools, CV guidance and job search
    • Online support from our team of Learning Community Co-ordinators

    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 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:

    • You will be required to be over the age of 18
    • You will be required to have a solid grasp of the English language if English is not your first language, an IELTS 6.6 or equivalent is required
    • You will be required to have access to the internet throughout your study period.

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

    The skills and knowledge that you will gain from your CIPD Certificate in HR will qualify you for an entry level HR job such as a HR Administrator or Assistant earning £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 your CIPD studies with us on the Level 5 Intermediate Certificate, taking your career to the next level.

    HR Administrator


    *Source:  Salary Checker, 2016.

    HR Assistant


    *Source:  Salary Checker, 2016.

    The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the world's largest Chartered HR and people development professional body, with over 140,000 members worldwide. CIPD qualifications are internationally recognised and highly valued by employers.

    CIPD Training have chosen to exclusively partner with Home Learning College, the UK’s largest provider of online CIPD Qualifications to offer a range of Human Resources qualification programmes. Our CIPD online programmes allow you to study at home and learn the practical skills and theory you need to work as a HR professional and how to apply this in a real-world setting.

    Successful completion of the CIPD Foundation Certificate leads to Associate membership of the CIPD. Associate membership is the first level of professional membership of the CIPD, and allows you to use the designation Assoc CIPD after your name to showcase your credentials. It’s an achievement that makes you stand out in your career and is respected and valued by employers. It also emphasises your commitment to continuing professional development and a desire to stay current.

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