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What is a CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate?

The CIPD Level 3 Certificate in People Practice is the gateway qualification to entering this sought-after profession and gaining a wide range of knowledge and expertise in Human Resources and Learning & Development.

This foundation level, professional qualification has been developed by the prestigious CIPD based on their Profession Map launched in 2018. The Map sets the international benchmark for the People Profession, providing people professionals the confidence and capabilities to excel in the industry.

What are the benefits of the CIPD Level 3 qualification?

With a CIPD level 3 course, you’ll gain valuable knowledge and skills in the key areas of HR and L&D including, core behaviours for people professionals, essentials of people practice, and principles of analytics. In short — everything you need to kickstart your career.

Successfully completing the CIPD Level 3 Certificate in People Practice will lead to Foundation Level CIPD Membership, opening up the path to develop your career and move onto studying at the Associate Level.

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Frequently asked questions

Is a foundation programme right for me?

The Foundation Certificate in People Practice is suited to individuals who are studying, aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in HR or L&D; are working in a people practice support role and wish to develop their knowledge and deliver immediate and short-term value for their organisation; wish to develop the specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required to be a people professional.

How long does it take to complete the CIPD Level 3 Certificate?

On average it takes 7 to 9 months to complete the Level 3 Foundation Certificate, however this will vary between participants.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll complete written assignments for each module that you study, and submit them online to be marked by our assessors and moderated by CIPD.

What are the entry requirements for CIPD Level 3?

There are no formal entry requirements for you to enrol. However, this qualification is designed for learners aged 18+ and you should meet the requirements of the learning outcomes and have the appropriate literacy and numeracy needed to complete the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Diploma in People Practice.

How is the Level 3 course delivered?

Choose a style of learning that suits you!

Study anytime, anywhere with our 100% online programmes, offering a truly flexible experience to help you fit the qualification around your lifestyle, you will have 24/7 access to our e-learning platform, resources and webinars.

Prefer more face-to-face learning? Our blended programmes offer a unique blend of workshops, webinars, e-learning and community collaboration.

What is covered on the foundation certificate?

The Level 3 Certificate consists of 4 modules aligned to the core standards of the CIPD Profession Map and covering key areas in both HR and L&D:

  • Business, culture and change in context
  • Principles of analytics
  • Core behaviours for people professionals
  • Essentials of people practice

How much does a CIPD Level 3 Certificate cost?

At DPG, we offer the industry-recognised CIPD Level 3 course at a price that helps you save money as you learn the skills you need to take your career in HR to the next stage.

If you are being funded by your company 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 0% finance options. For a personalised payment plan, please call one of our programme advisors who can talk you through all your options.

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