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CIPD L&D Qualifications

Our CIPD pass rate is 99%*

Get a globally recognised CIPD learning and development qualification 100% online and advance your career from home.

We make it easy to fit your CIPD learning and development qualification around your busy schedule. You can set your own flexible timetable, study wherever suits you from your phone, tablet or laptop, and get help when you need it with one-to-one tutor support and live online classrooms.


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Transform your career with a flexible online CIPD L&D qualification.

Whether you’re looking to move into L&D or are currently working in the profession and looking to progress, a CIPD learning and development online qualification will be a valuable asset to your future career.

  • If you’re new to L&D, our CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate will teach you the essentials of people practice, including elements of both HR and learning and development.
  • If you have some experience working in learning and development or carrying out L&D-related activities, our CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma will allow you to build on your existing skills and move into managerial and advisory L&D roles.
  • If you have significant experience in L&D/HR or an HR degree, our CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma will develop the postgraduate-level knowledge you’ll need to excel in senior L&D roles such as L&D Director, L&D/Training Consultant, or Head of L&D.

We understand that most people aren’t in a position to leave their current employment to study full-time. That’s why we’ve designed our CIPD courses to be highly flexible. You can study at your own pace with no set deadlines and work to your own timetable.

We give you more freedom than any other CIPD provider, allowing you to get a CIPD Learning & Development qualification on your own terms.

CIPD L&D Student Reviews

"I love the fact that I can learn at my own pace, during lunchtimes and at the weekend. The support offered has been fantastic. "

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Vanessa Deroo

"The tutors are highly experienced – some practically and others academically. The online classrooms were insightful."

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Adam Currie

"It has provided me with confidence within my L&D practice and I have also been able to network with other like-minded people."

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Jennifer Thomas


We’re one of the most recommended online CIPD centres, with a Trustpilot rating of 4.8/5 from more than 5000 independent student reviews. We’re trusted by thousands of students each year across 100+ countries.

We’re also the world’s most experienced online learning provider, having been pioneers in flexible distance learning for 130 years.

Our flexible self-paced course structure, unlimited tutor support, and interest-free monthly payment plans make it easy to shape learning around your life.

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

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 more than 25,000 professionals study CIPD HR and L&D qualifications and certifications each year. It’s the gold standard for professional quality in learning and development and human resources.

CIPD L&D qualifications are highly respected by employers, meaning they'll help you get hired, get promoted, and increase your salary – all while giving you the skills you need to shine at work.

There are five CIPD qualifications to choose from.

The CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice is designed for those with no or minimal HR/L&D experience. It’s perfect if you’re looking for your first HR or L&D role.

The CIPD Associate Diploma in Operational Learning & Development is designed for those with some training experience who are looking for a mid-level L&D role. It’s also suitable if you have experience of training in a non-L&D role (for example, as a manager), or if you're new to L&D but have a degree and want to begin your studies at a higher level.

The CIPD Advanced Diploma in Strategic Learning & Development is designed for those with considerable L&D experience who are ready to take on postgraduate-level study. It’ll prepare you for strategic senior L&D roles and allow you to apply for CIPD Chartered Membership once you have the necessary professional experience.

If you'd like to specialise in HR rather than L&D, you could also study the CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management or the CIPD Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management.

We know everyone’s situation is different, so before you enrol, our CIPD Course Advisors will talk through your experience, education and ambitions to make sure you’re choosing the perfect course for you.

If you’re not ready to commit to a full CIPD qualification and would like to focus on only the essential modules, you could study one of our CIPD Core programmes.

The CIPD Level 5 Core programme covers 3 modules:

  • Organisational Performance and Culture in Practice
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Professional Behaviours and Valuing People

It has an average completion time of 6 months and a support period of 9 months.

The CIPD Level 7 Core programme covers 4 modules:

  • Work and Working Lives in a Changing Business Environment
  • People Management and Development Strategies for Performance
  • Personal Effectiveness, Ethics and Business Acumen
  • Business Research in People Practice

It has an average completion time of 9 months and a support period of 12 months.

Bear in mind that our Core programmes won’t give you a CIPD qualification, just the essential skills you need to succeed in an L&D role.

If you complete a Core programme and then decide you’d like to move onto the full CIPD Diploma at that level, you won’t need to take the whole course again – you can simply complete the extra modules and you’ll be CIPD qualified!

For more information on our CIPD Core programmes, get in touch with our course advisors by webchat, email or phone.

Ready to learn more or have questions about an CIPD online learning and development qualification? Contact our expert CIPD advisors by email and online chat.

You can also advance your career with our range of online CIPD Human Resources courses.

*Pass rate based on 16,459 out of 16,685 assignments achieving a pass at the first or second attempt between Sept 2019 and Aug 2020.

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