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CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource (HR) Management

Equivalent to degree level study, this course is right for you if you are an existing or aspiring HR Manager, or have studied the Level 3 Certificate in Personnel or HR Practice. 

Who is it for? Equivalent to degree level study, this course is right for you if you are an existing or aspiring HR Manager, or, have studied the Level 3 Certificate in Personnel or HR Practice
Qualification: CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management
Location: Online learning 
Start date: Ongoing
Duration: Recommended 8-10 study hours per week - 11 month programme

The Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource (HR) Management Certification from CIPD

AVADO, the new name for Home Learning College, have exclusively partnered with CIPD Enterprises 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 Intermediate Certificate (Level 5) in Human Resource Management 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, the CIPD qualification is highly sought after by employers and will ensure you have the best chance of achieving the HR career you are aiming for.

Whether you are already working as an HR professional or you're interested in a move into the industry, the CIPD Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management will provide you with a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of all aspects of the profession.

Studying your CIPD qualification online with AVADO allows you to you to study anytime, anywhere 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 5  Intermediate Certificate in HR Management

You will progress through the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate 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. 

Foundation vs Intermediate - CIPD Certifications

CIPD Certifications are awarded at three levels; Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. Whether you start on our Foundation or Intermediate level course depends both on your previous experience and your professional goals. To identify which level of CIPD Certification is best suited to your needs, please refer to the course snapshot below, or talk to a Course Advisor for a full course consultation.

Foundation Certificate- Level 3 Intermediate Certificate- Level 5
Level 3 qualification - comparable to studying at A-level standard Level 5 qualification - comparable to studying at under-graduate degree standard
9 month programme 11 month programme
Provides a great introduction to HR principles and an overview of the HR profession Provides an in-depth and comprehensive examination of HR management
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

Course Structure

Designed with CIPD subject matter experts, the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate will equip you to perform better in your role, through engaging, performance driven learning experiences. This qualification is designed to develop your career in HR Management through understanding the role of HR in the wider organisational and environmental context.                 

Through our team of CIPD Tutors and our Virtual Learning Campus, you will be taught the latest thinking and best practice within Human Resource and Personnel and Development online, being able to study wherever best suits your lifestyle..

You will progress as part of a group, starting on the same date: working to a structured timetable, completing collaborative learning activities and attending live online classes. You will also be expected to  commit around 8-10 hours a week to self-study, during which time you will have full support from your tutor via phone, email and online. This method of learning has been proven to give Students extra motivation to progress through their course with the support of a group of peers sharing advice, knowledge and encouragement along the way.

Live online classes

Regular live online classes will be held for this Level 5 Intermediate course. These will be hosted by one of our experienced CIPD Tutors, tailored specifically to the needs of your group and held in the evenings for your convenience. These live classes give you the opportunity to interact with your tutor and fellow learners. The classes are also recorded.


The Certificate in Human Resource Management is made up of six units:

  1. Developing Professional Practice
  2. Business Issues and the Context of HR
  3. Resourcing and Talent Planning 
  4. Using Information in Human Resources
  5. Managing and Coordinating the Human Resources Function
  6. Employment Law

Course Outcomes

  • A sound understanding of how human resource activities support an organisation's strategy and assist the achievement of business objectives.
  • A broader perspective of the organisational issues facing those in charge of the management of people within organisations.
  • An understanding of how to analyse human resource information and present findings to inform decision making.

Your qualification…

  • Level 5 qualification – comparable to studying at under-graduate level
  • Gives you Associate membership of the 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, each comprising a standalone Award and together making up the full CIPD Intermediate Certificate in HR Management qualification
  • Flexible payment options
  • Offers progression to study at Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management

CIPD Membership

Benefits include:

  • Professional recognition: a competitive edge in the job market
  • Professional development: exclusive access to the online assessment tool My HR Map
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded professionals
  • The opportunity to save money on products such as textbooks, publications, DVDs and toolkits and conference tickets
  • Exclusive access to all areas of cipd.co.uk, as well as additional HR resources

The full range of benefits, details on membership prices and information about how to apply can be found on the CIPD website.

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 organise your exams, 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 tutor classes tailored to your group's needs mean you learn alongside your peers keeping you motivated– you really never feel like you’re studying alone
  • We set an achievable Study Framework for your tutor group to ensure you complete the course within 11 months
  • Exam fees and a full exam booking service are included so you can focus 100% on your studies
  • Flexible finance options to help you spread the cost (more detail below)
  • NUS card – 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 tests throughout the course cement your knowledge
  • Real time personal progress tracking ensures you stay on task and motivated to keep going
  • A comprehensive Career Management Service including 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 details on how to purchase your own membership.

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 two or three instalments at no extra charge.

Alternatively you can apply for our 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 or 60 months payment plans*. Representative APR 16.9%. 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.

* Exact package varies by course, all credit agreements are subject to you enrolling on a qualifying course with Home Learning College. 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 a variety of HR roles, such as a HR Analyst or a HR Manager

As leading provider for internationally recognised Human Resource qualifications, the 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 Intermediate Certificate, you will automatically be upgraded to Associate Membership of the CIPD. This means you can start using the designatory letters Assoc CIPD and progress your HR career straight away.

You will then will be able to build towards senior level management roles by progressing to the Level 7 qualification (further specialisation will be required for those wishing to build a career in Learning and Development).

HR Advisor


*Source: UK Average, Salary Checker  2016.

HR Analyst


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HR Manager


*Source: UK Average, Salary Checker   2026.

You will then will be able to build towards senior level management roles by progressing to the Level 7 qualification (further specialisation will be required for those wishing to build a career in Learning and Development).

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 Enterprises have chosen to exclusively partner with AVADO, the new name for 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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