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Human Resources Courses

Our CIPD pass rate is 96%*

Advance your HR career by studying a 100% online, globally recognised human resources training course from home.

We make it easy to fit your CIPD HR course around your busy life. With us, you're in complete control of when and where you learn, whether it's during your lunch break, your commute, or after the kids are in bed. Plus, you'll get one-to-one guidance from your CIPD tutor whenever you need it.

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Learn online anywhere, anytimeon your phone, tablet or laptop

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Shape CIPD around your scheduleand set your own flexible study plan

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Interest-free payment plans help you spread the cost

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Unlimited 1-to-1 tutor supportand live online CIPD classrooms

CIPD Level 3 Foundation

Get started in entry-level HR roles

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CIPD Level 5 Intermediate

Progress to managerial HR roles

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CIPD Level 7 Advanced

Prepare for strategic senior HR roles

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Accelerate your HR career with one of the most trusted online CIPD centres.

Our human resources training courses are designed to be completely flexible, making it easy for you to find the perfect balance between study, work, and life.

They're highly valued by employers because they teach the evidence-based theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical skills needed to excel in HR. This means that our CIPD students achieve great things:

  • 73% of our CIPD graduates increase their salary
  • 82% say CIPD will play a vital role in their career advancement
  • 95% say that their CIPD qualification makes them more attractive to employers
  • 94% recommend studying CIPD‡

Many land their dream human resources job even before they’ve finished their studies.

We're trusted to provide the complete range of CIPD qualifications across Level 3, 5 and 7, so whether you’re new to HR, aiming for a promotion, switching career, or want to bring postgraduate-level knowledge to your role, studying a CIPD HR qualification with us is the first step to achieving your career goals.

CIPD HR Student Reviews

"CIPD qualifications are highly respected and helped me get my first job as an HR Administrator. ICS Learn is a great way to study!"

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Faith Savar

"I am learning with the aid of excellent tutors who still work in the HR/L&D field, so they know the challenges we face."

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Warren Fellows

"This qualification has allowed me to work full-time and not feel under pressure. You decide when and where you want to study."

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Laura Ruiz Garcia

Human Resources FAQs

The human resources department is an integral part of any successful company, so there's a consistently high demand for qualified HR professionals.

This means that the rewards for working in HR are great.

Depending on the level you study at, your CIPD qualification could lead to desirable roles such as:

  • HR Assistant
  • HR Advisor
  • HR Manager
  • HR Business Partner
  • HR Consultant
  • Head of HR
  • HR Director

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the world’s largest professional body for those involved in the management and development of people.

It has 150,000 members worldwide, and every year, more than 25,000 professionals study a CIPD HR or L&D training course. CIPD is also the only organisation in the world that can confer Chartered status on HR and L&D professionals.

CIPD accreditation is the gold standard for professional quality in human resources, so CIPD qualifications are highly respected and sought-after by employers. 

Whether you're just starting out in HR or looking to take your career to the next level, our CIPD qualifications can help you:

  • Enhance your CV and attract top employers globally
  • Secure promotions and new roles
  • Increase your earning potential
  • Stand out in your organisation for the high quality of your work
  • Build your professional credibility and confidence

CIPD qualifications are available at three levels of advancement.

CIPD Level 3 Foundation courses are an ideal introduction to HR for those with no or minimal HR experience. They're perfect if you're aiming for an entry-level HR role such as HR Assistant.

CIPD Level 5 Intermediate courses are for you if you're looking for a mid-level HR role such as HR Advisor or Manager. They're ideal if you have some HR experience, whether it's through working in HR directly or through working in a role which involves aspects of HR, such as management.

Level 5 qualifications are also a great choice if you’re new to HR but have a university degree and want to begin your studies at a higher level.

CIPD Level 7 Advanced courses are for those with significant HR experience or an HR degree who are ready to take on postgraduate-level study. They'll prepare you to take on strategic senior HR roles like HR Business Partner, Consultant or Director.

Before you enrol with us, our CIPD Advisors will talk through your experience, education, and ambitions to ensure you’re choosing the right course for you.

At each CIPD level, there are three lengths of qualification to choose from.

CIPD Diplomas are the most comprehensive CIPD courses at each level and take the longest to complete. They cover all areas of HR from employment law to talent management, giving you well-rounded generalist and specialist knowledge that will serve you well in a wide variety of roles.

CIPD Certificates consist of selected modules from the full Diploma. They're slightly shorter in length, but still cover the core subjects in detail, and are a great choice if you’re looking to gain essential HR knowledge in less time.

CIPD Awards consist of an individual module from the Diploma studied as a standalone course. They give you in-depth knowledge of a narrow subject area and are ideal if you’d like to specialise in a specific area of HR such as employment law.

Our CIPD advisors will help you choose which length of qualification is right for you.

We think our students say it best. They've rated us 4.8/5 from more than 4000 independent Trustpilot reviews, making us one of the most recommended online CIPD centres (as well as the most experienced - we've been in education for 130 years).

We're committed to helping everyone build a career that they're proud of, and a huge part of that involves giving people the freedom to shape their qualification around their lives. 

Our online courses are perfect for you if you have a full-time job, kids, an irregular working pattern, a busy schedule, or if you simply want to be in control of your learning.

From our self-paced online course structure to our extended study periods to our unlimited tutor support, we give you the flexibility you need to achieve your qualification, no matter what life throws at you.

That’s why every year, we help thousands of CIPD students like you get qualifications they need to succeed.

Ready to learn more or have questions about CIPD? Contact our expert CIPD Advisors by email and online chat.

You can also advance your career with our range of online CIPD Learning & Development courses.

* 96% pass rate based on 18,872 assignments submitted and 18,125 passed between 1/9/17 and 31/8/18.

† ICS Learn has a Trustpilot rating of 4.8/5 from more than 4000 independent student reviews.

‡ Data from a survey of 333 ICS Learn CIPD graduates from between 2012 and 2019.

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