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CIPD Level 3

CIPD Foundation Certificate/Diploma in Human Resources

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Are you an existing HR Administrator/Officer or are you looking for the perfect entry point into your HR career?

The CIPD Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Human Resources Practice programme could be for you.

On this programme you’ll get valuable and practical insights into a wide range of HR areas, such as resourcing talent, managing employment relations and HR principals, giving you all the information you need to start your career in the HR world.

You’ll be supported throughout by a facilitator with experience from the industry, and you will also receive a host of other fantastic benefits that you won’t find elsewhere:

  • in-depth support from your facilitator to pinpoint your specific needs and requirements,
  • quality online learning designed for you to access at times to suit you, such as on your lunch breaks or on your commute,
  • top quality training venues in easy to reach locations with lunch included,
  • complimentary access to the award-winning DPG community, not just while you’re on the programme, but also for life. This means that you can stay up to date with the latest developments, get support from your peers and read HR publications from some of our community experts

  • You can complete in just 6 months
  • Ability to become a CIPD Associate Member
  • Get a complimentary iPad when you book on this programme

Upcoming programmes

Our latest programme dates

  • London
  • Manchester
  • Leeds
  • Nottingham
  • Birmingham
  • Huntingdon
  • Northampton
  • Glasgow
  • Bristol
LevelProgrammeLocationStart date
Level 3CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR PracticeLondon5th September
Level 3CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR PracticeLondon2nd October
Level 3CIPD Certificate/Diploma in L&DLondon4th September
Level 3CIPD Certificate/Diploma in L&DLondon2nd October
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR ManagementLondon17th July
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR ManagementLondon6th September
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR ManagementLondon10th October
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR ManagementLondon9th November
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR ManagementLondon12th December
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in L&DLondon10th July
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in L&DLondon12th September
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in L&DLondon11th October
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in L&DLondon6th November
Level 7CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR Management/DevelopmentLondon8th September
Level 7CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR Management/DevelopmentLondon22nd September
Level 7CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR Management/DevelopmentLondon2nd October
Level 7CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR Management/DevelopmentLondon27th October
LevelProgrammeLocationStart date
Level 3 CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR PracticeManchester21st September
Level 3 CIPD Certificate/Diploma in L&DManchester11th September
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR ManagementManchester7th September
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in L&DManchester22nd September
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in L&DManchester26th October
LevelProgrammeLocationStart date
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR ManagementLeeds5th October
Level 7CIPD Award in Employment Law - Level 7Leeds10th & 11th July
LevelProgrammeLocationStart date
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR ManagementNottingham9th October
LevelProgrammeLocationStart date
Level 3CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR PracticeBirmingham5th October
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR ManagementBirmingham14th September
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in L&DBirmingham13th October
Level 7CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR Management/DevelopmentBirmingham9th October
LevelProgrammeLocationStart date
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR ManagementHuntingdon4th July
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR ManagementHuntingdon20th September
LevelProgrammeLocationStart date
Level 3CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR PracticeNorthampton26th September
Level 3CIPD Certificate/Diploma in L&DNorthampton9th October
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR ManagementNorthampton18th October
LevelProgrammeLocationStart date
Level 3CIPD Certificate/Diploma in L&DGlasgow16th October
Level 3CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR PracticeGlasgow22nd August
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR ManagementGlasgow20th September
Level 7CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR Management/DevelopmentGlasgow30th October
LevelProgrammeLocationStart date
Level 3CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR PracticeBristol23rd October
Level 3CIPD Certificate/Diploma in L&DBristol30th October
Level 5CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR ManagementBristol27th September
Level 7CIPD Certificate/Diploma in HR Management/DevelopmentBristol18th September

Frequently asked questions

Is this programme right for you?

If you’re just starting out in your HR career or have one to two years’ experience as an HR Administrator or Officer, then this programme is right for you.

The aim of the programme is to provide you with a thorough grounding on the basics of HR and an understanding of HR principals.

With this programme you can choose to use your current or past employer as the basis for your study, or if you’re completely new to HR you can choose our unique immersive case study environment (DPG are the only CIPD Centre that offers this), so you get to practice risk free in a virtual online company.

There are no entry requirements for this programme, and you can join straight from college. It’s also suitable for you if you’ve not been in a learning environment for a while, because you get all the support you need along the way to guarantee you’re successful.

Your Learning Options:

Blended (Workshops and online)

Choose a blend of online modules, which you access at your leisure, combined with 5 interactive full day workshops. You can complete the certificate in as little as 6 months and the diploma in as little as 8.

Competency Based

If you’re already working in an HR role and have a full understanding and experience in HR, but do not hold a formal HR qualification, the competency based route could suit you. On this route you have an initial assessment and then a personalised study programme is created for you, so you can achieve your CIPD qualification and get CIPD Associate membership through your usual work activities. This route is designed to be completed in your own time and at your own pace, without you having to attend any workshops. Please ask one of our programme advisors about this route if you would like to find out more.

What do you cover on the programme?

The programme covers all the typical aspects of an HR practitioner role, each of which is a specific CIPD unit. These include:

  • Developing yourself as an effective HR practitioner – This unit helps you develop a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviour required of a professional practitioner, whether your role is generalist or specialist in nature.
  • Resourcing talent – This unit provides you with an introduction to the resourcing and talent planning process.
  • Recording, analysing and using HR information – You’ll develop an understanding of the important contribution that accurate data makes to the human resources function.
  • Understanding the role of HR in organisations – This is an introduction to the role of human resource operations within an organisation and the wider environmental context.
  • Supporting good practice in managing employment relations – This unit aims to introduce a number of aspects of managing employee relations and to provide an introduction to employment law within the context of employee relations.
  • Supporting good practice in performance and reward management – This unit provides an introduction to the purpose and processes of performance and reward management and the role of human resources in promoting and supporting good practice.
  • Supporting change (Diploma only) – Here you’ll explore why organisations need to change and the role of HR within this.
  • Supporting individual learning through coaching and mentoring (Diploma only) – This unit enables you to develop the knowledge and skills required to provide coaching and mentoring support.

What are your options after this programme?

Once you’ve passed all your CIPD units and received your certificate, you are able to use the letters Assoc CIPD after your name, giving you professional recognition from the CIPD, which is valued by employers globally.

If you want to further your knowledge of HR or are looking to progress your career and improve your earning potential, your next step is to progress to the Level 5 CIPD Human Resource Management Intermediate Certificate/Diploma qualification. DPG offer this as both a blended programme, with workshops and online lessons, or as a 100% online programme which you can complete in as little as 4 months. The Level 5 programme can be started immediately after you’ve finished your Level 3 programme and explores HR at a deeper level, so you are ready to work at an HR Manager, HR Business Partner or senior HR Specialist level.

You also get a £250 loyalty discount when you study another programme with us.

What are your payment options?

If you are being funded by your employer, full payment of the programme is needed before your first workshop. Our programme advisors can help you build a business case for your employer outlining the benefits of studying a CIPD qualification. Call us on 0330 660 0220 to find out more.

If you are a self-funder, there are a variety of flexible payment plans, with low deposits and the option of instalments over 6 to 48 months. For a personalised payment plan, please call one of our programme advisors who can talk you through all your options.

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