April 10, 2019

How do I qualify for HR jobs?

While it’s possible to get an entry level HR job without any actual HR qualifications, it’s not easy. You might be able to get an HR assistant type role, for example, but competition for HR jobs is stiff now, so the more qualifications and experience you have under your belt, the better your chances are standing out against the competition.

Getting qualified

In order to qualify for most HR jobs you will need some kind of HR related qualification and at degree level. And the more senior the role, the more likely it is that HR accreditation will be needed. So a bachelor’s degree in HR, in business administration, finance or psychology will really help with entry level jobs. A CIPD foundation level qualification is a really good introduction to HR and L&D and will open a lot of doors.

For HR manager type roles, a higher level of qualification is required – some kind of master’s, for example. Or a CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) Level 5 qualification.

Many employers look for industry certification, such as CIPD accreditation, when selecting candidates. Some employers won’t even consider applicants who are not certified.

Length of service

As well as being certified, employers will look at a person’s tenure in HR and the kind of experience they have gained. The more experience of different aspects of HR and business exposure, the better, particularly for more senior roles.

Please note that the HR qualifications that appear on this page will be replaced in 2021. For more information on this change please read the CIPD’s announcement here.