How will a CIPD qualification help me succeed in my HR / L&D career?

Written by: CIPD
Published on: 25 Sep 2017

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When you’re considering whether to take a course for any professional qualification there’s usually one big question in the back of your mind: “Is this going to be worth it?” The decision to start studying is a big commitment of time, money, and hard work, so you want to know that the accrediting body you’ve chosen is the one that’s going to really benefit your career and prospects.

Below are some of the key benefits a CIPD qualification can bring to you and your career.


Boost your credibility and career prospects

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is one of the world’s oldest HR associations, having been founded in 1913. It has over 145,000 members spread worldwide and across private, public, and voluntary sectors, and is without doubt the leading accrediting body for HR qualifications in the UK. Its HR and L&D qualifications are recognised worldwide as high benchmarks for professional standards within the industry.

All this means is that when you have a CIPD qualification on your CV, employers and recruiters are going to know what it is and understand the level of work you’ve put in to gaining it. It’s possible that with other, less well known qualifications, or in-house training, you could have a similar skillset, but the reputation of the CIPD will always lend you more credibility than other qualification.

Requested by employers

Many employers don’t just prefer candidates with CIPD qualifications; they’ll actually make it a minimum requirement. 

This is perhaps the most obvious benefit to becoming CIPD certified: you’ll be opening up a whole wealth of roles that you weren’t even eligible for beforehand.

Demonstrate your commitment to your personal development

A CIPD qualification is more than a badge to put on your CV and LinkedIn; you’re not just exchanging money for a ticket to better jobs. Completing an HR or L&D course will involve hard work, but by the end you will have greatly improved your skills and industry knowledge. This is especially important for those just starting out in their career, but even professionals with plenty of experience can benefit from actually sitting down and studying up-to-date theory and best practice.

When looking for a qualification, try not to only think about what employers want, but consider the kind of training you’re looking for and the skills you want to learn. With a CIPD qualification, you can be confident you’re being taught to an exceptionally high standard.

The benefits of membership

In order to study a CIPD qualification, you’ll need to apply for Student Membership of the CIPD. Once you’ve successfully completed your course, you’ll upgrade to Associate membership. From there you will be able to progress even further to Chartered Member and Chartered Fellow status. 

So what benefits does CIPD membership bring?

Firstly, it further increases your credibility within the industry. You’ll be able to use designations (like “Assoc CIPD”) after your name, demonstrating your capabilities even to people who haven’t seen your CV. In addition, you’ll gain access to a wealth of CIPD resources to help you in your day to day role, such as factsheets, policy reports, interactive tools, and the CIPD Career hub.

You’ll also be able to network with fellow members with higher levels of membership granting access to more senior networks. 

CIPD qualifications on offer 

CIPD Enterprises has partnered with AVADO – the UK’s leading digital learning experts - to design and deliver the ultimate digital learning experience for HR  and L&D professionals. AVADO brings world-class digital learning, and CIPD Enterprises provides world-leading HR research and insights. Together, we are uniquely equipped to transform futures through a new breed of digital learning.

Together, they offer:

  • CIPD Certificate in Human Resources Practice (Foundation Level 3)
  • CIPD Certificate in Human Resources Management (Intermediate Level 5)
  • CIPD Certificate in Learning & Development (Intermediate Level 5)
  • CIPD Diploma in Learning & Development (Intermediate Level 5)
  • CIPD Award in Learning & Development (Intermediate Level 5)

Find out more about CIPD HR or L&D courses via their website. Alternatively, you can call AVADO’s course advisors on 020 7173 5815.

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