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How do I become CIPD qualified?

To become CIPD qualified, you need to successfully pass a foundation, intermediate or advanced level CIPD qualification.

What is a CIPD qualification?

A CIPD qualification is an internationally-recognised Learning and Development/HR qualification.

What is the difference between the CIPD Diploma and Certificate?

The difference between Certificate and Diploma is that the Diploma would cover an extra 2 modules resulting in a higher grade.

Why do I need a CIPD qualification?

A CIPD qualification helps you demonstrate your professional competence and open up career opportunities.

Where can I become CIPD qualified?

You can become CIPD qualified through any CIPD centre that delivers the qualifications. DPG is the UK’s favourite provider.

Are employers really bothered about a CIPD membership?

Yes. It gives employers the confidence that they are recruiting the best talent. This is demonstrated in the amount of job adverts that stipulate you must have or be working towards a CIPD qualification.

What is the ROI from doing a CIPD qualification?

It depends, as the degree of business applications varies greatly depending on the CIPD provider. DPG works continuously to ensure that our qualifications fit the needs of the current marketplace.

I’ve been a successful HR professional for many years, why do I need to be CIPD qualified?

A qualification increases job mobility, meaning that you can look for new roles outside of your current organisation. The majority of job adverts stipulate you must be CIPD qualified and this is often part of the hard shift.

What qualifications do I need to become a HR Manager?

We recommend completing a CIPD Level 5 qualification. This programme is right for you if you are an aspiring or existing HR Manager, or have studied the Certificate in Personnel or HR Practice.

What benefits do I get from being a member of the CIPD?

Membership of the professional body for HR and people development gives you exclusive member-only access to the resources, connections and support you need to make a difference. Plus many more benefits.

What are the CIPD Levels 3, 5 and 7 qualifications equivalent to?

All CIPD qualifications are on the National Qualification Framework. The CIPD Foundation Level 3 qualification is the equivalent to an A-Level qualification, the CIPD Intermediate Level 5 qualification is the equivalent to a Foundation Degree and the CIPD Advanced Level 7 qualification is the equivalent to a Post-Graduate Degree.

How do you get CIPD Membership?

You’ll find all the details on the CIPD website www cipd.co.uk/membership , or you can call them on 020 8612 6208. 

Why is CIPD membership good from a professional perspective?

It provides professional recognition from the largest HR and leadership and development body in the world. Access to the wealth of research from the CIPD keeps your professional knowledge up to date.  Branch membership provides great networking and development opportunities.

How long will it take me to get CIPD Qualified?

This varies depending on which programme you are doing.  Typically Level 3 (Foundation) programmes in HR and L&D take 6 to 8 months to complete, Level 5 (Intermediate) qualifications take 8 to 10 months, and Level 7 (Advanced) qualifications take 2 years, however there is some flexibility if you need more time to complete your qualification.

What does ‘sole partner’ mean?

It means we are the CIPD Training’s sole partner delivering the Advanced Level 7 Flexible learning plus programmes. This is testament to the quality of our tutors and the consistently high ratings that our qualifications receive from the CIPD across the board.

How can you tell who is the best CIPD provider?

DPG is the UK’s favourite CIPD provider, and we firmly believe that we offer unrivalled opportunities for your professional development, however we recommend that you spend some time comparing our offering to other providers to help you make an informed decision. Once you take important factors like quality of programmes, pass rates, payment options, additional resources, feedback from previous participants and flexibility into account, we’re confident that you won’t find anyone better.

What makes DPG different from any other CIPD provider?

With DPG you don’t just get a significant qualification, but you become a member of an award winning community of like-minded professionals who support each other throughout their careers.

Will this help my salary?

Being CIPD qualified is a must for aspiring HR and L&D professionals, and in many cases it is mandatory. The Croner HR Rewards 2013-2014 Survey provides median basic salaries for HR professionals which range from £29,950 for a graduate level HR officer, to £37,863 for an HR Manager, to £73,682 for an HR Director.

Do you offer interest free payment plans?

Yes, we offer an interest free payment plan, and we’ve recently added payment plans that can be spread over anything up to 48 months with a competitive APR.

How many venues do you have in the UK?

DPG currently run workshops in 22 high quality venues throughout the UK from Aberdeen to Newcastle to London to Bristol.  Our participants can attend workshops at any venue of your choice, and you have the flexibility to move between venues.  Many people really like the increased networking opportunities that this affords them.

When can I start my programme?

We schedule start dates throughout the year, usually in spring, summer and autumn, so we should have a programme to suit you starting soon. Call our advisors on 0330 660 0220 and they’ll be able to find something that’s right for you.

What is blended learning?

Blended learning is a mixture of workshops and supported distance learning, delivered online.

What does CIPD stand for?

CIPD stands for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development who is the professional body for HR and people development and is a trusted career partner for more than 140,000 members around the world.

What’s the difference between CIPD and REC?

Over 70% of employers ask for you to be CIPD qualified, therefore, this qualification is a must for all HR and L&D professionals. REC is a professional membership for the recruitment industry.

What is a CPP Qualification?

A CPP qualification is the old version of the CIPD Level 3 qualification. It was phased out in 2010 and DPG was the first national provider to launch the programme – now called the CIPD Level 3 in HR Practice (CHRP).

What is MCIPD?

MCIPD refers to the professional designation and letters Chartered MCIPD which can be used after your name and is awarded once a candidate completes a Level 7 qualification. It can also be awarded if you can demonstrate relevant experience in the field.

How much will it cost?

Cost range depends on the qualification, and can be anything from £1,990 + VAT for the Level 3 qualifications to £7,995 + VAT for the two year Level 7 Advanced Diploma.  Call our advisors on 0330 660 0220 and they’ll be able to confirm the cost for each qualification.

Are there any hidden extra fees?

Everyone studying a CIPD qualification has to be a member of the CIPD. If you’re not already a member, you can join as a student member, which gives you access to a range of benefits to help with your studies and career. Membership fees differ depending on the time of year that you join. For details visit cipd.co.uk/membership/membershipfees.

Level 7 participants also sit two exams, and fees of £62 per exam are paid direct to the CIPD.