Why should I study for a CIPD qualification?
It’s not so much a case of ‘Why would I study for a CIPD qualification?’ as ‘Why wouldn’t I?’
The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) is the number one HR professional body. It accredits and awards a range of HR and L&D management qualifications that are regarded as the gold standard across all industries, the private, voluntary and charity sectors.
When you have one or more CIPD qualifications under your belt, employers know that you’ve reached a certain level of ability. They believe in and trust in the accreditation.
Why should I study for a CIPD Qualification if…
I’m new to HR and L&D?
If you are looking for your first job in HR or L&D, then having CIPD accreditation significantly boosts your chances of being taken on. It will show commitment, a keen desire to get into the industry and get on and it will demonstrate that you have reached a level of understanding of the profession.
I’m looking for that next step in my career?
CIPD qualifications are also great for HR and L&D professionals who want to move their career up a notch. For instance, into a management or director level position or a particular specialism. Getting qualified will develop your skills, knowledge and understanding. It shows that you are serious about progressing your career. Qualifications make you much more employable and marketable.
I want Exposure to the business?
Studying for a CIPD qualification, whatever the level, also exposes you to different areas of the business. It will widen your appreciation of the role of HR and L&D in business and deepen your understanding of what you, as an HR/L&D professional, need to do to help organisations in today’s world.
There are also the networking opportunities. During your studies, you will be working alongside your peers and broadening your network, both your HR/L&D network and your industry network. You’ll gain insights into how other organisations and sectors are operating, what challenges they’re facing and how they address them. Once you reach a certain level of qualification (Level 5 certificate or diploma), you will become an associate member of the CIPD. And when you achieve Level 7, you gain professional membership of the CIPD.
Last but not least, for some job roles and some employers, CIPD accreditation is a prerequisite. You simply will not be considered for certain roles or organisations without it.