What is a CIPD qualification?

Obtaining a CIPD qualification is the simplest way to qualify for membership in the CIPD.

The CIPD is the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. It is the professional body for Human Resources in the UK. Becoming a member of the CIPD requires you to prove your professional experience in HR, which you can do in one of two ways:

  1. Study a certified qualification
  2. Completing an assessment of your professional experience

In this article, we will explain the different levels of CIPD qualifications and the benefits they offer to your career.

What are the different levels of CIPD qualifications?

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development offers qualifications in the field of human resources and people development. These qualifications span three different levels:

CIPD Level 3: Foundation

Level three is considered the foundation level qualification. This qualification is suitable for most human resource entry-level positions including support or first foot in the door positions.

A level 3 CIPD qualification is the equivalent of an A-Level in the UK.

CIPD Level 5: Itermediate

Level five is the intermediate level is the qualification to aim for existing HR professionals who are looking to develop their existing skills and knowledge to take your career to the next level.

A level 5 CIPD qualification is the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in the UK.

CIPD Level 7: Advanced

Level seven is the highest level qualification available from CIPD. If you want to be an HR Manager or an independent HR consultant who offers strategic advice to organisations, then obtaining a level 7 will give you both the knowledge and experience required to excel.

A level 7 CIPD qualification is the equivalent of a postgraduate degree in the UK.

What are the benefits of obtaining a CIPD qualification?

By completing a CIPD qualification, you gain several benefits, including:

  • Increasing your skills and knowledge
  • Globally recognised qualification
  • Demonstrating a commitment to personal and professional development
  • Potential of a higher salary
  • Qualifying for membership to CIPD