Which CIPD level is right for you?

If you are considering a career in HR or L&D or are already working in the field and looking to advance your professional qualifications, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) offers a range of levels to suit your needs. But how do you determine which CIPD level is right for you? Read to explore the different levels and their relevance to your career. But first, let’s understand more about what CIPD is. 

The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) qualifications are recognized globally as the HR and L&D gold standard, with almost 160,000 members across the world. They offer a recognized standard of excellence that demonstrates proficiency in HR management. Having a CIPD qualification shows that you’re a skilled HR or L&D professional who can help a company succeed and adapt to changes in the industry. In this article, you will discover the benefits of obtaining a CIPD qualification, the various levels of CIPD, and which level is most suitable for you.

Some Benefits of CIPD Accreditation

The CIPD qualification offers an array of benefits to those who pursue it. 

No Experience Needed

Anyone can pursue this qualification without prior HR and L&D experience, making it accessible to anyone interested in advancing their career in these fields.

Globally Recognized Credential

It provides a globally recognized credential, enhancing the professional reputation and credibility of individuals in HR and L&D.

Requested by Employers

CIPD certifications are becoming highly sought after. By February 2023, CIPD qualifications were ranked as the 10th most commonly requested certification for HR job postings.

Expertly Crafted Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed by our team of experts, ensuring that it reflects the latest industry trends and practices. It aims to equip learners with up-to-date knowledge and skills that are relevant and applicable in today’s dynamic workplace environments.

Recognized Benchmark for HR and L&D Excellence

As a recognized benchmark, the CIPD qualification stands as a mark of expertise and proficiency within the field. Pursuing CIPD not only fosters personal and professional growth but also opens doors to exciting opportunities for career advancement and development within the dynamic landscape of HR and L&D.

Higher Earning Potential

CIPD members have the potential to earn significantly more than professionals who are not certified. According to data gathered by CIPD between March 2022 and February 2023, the average earning of people professionals with a CIPD certification was 12% higher than those without it.

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Deciding on the Right Qualification

Wondering which qualification is best for you? Continue reading to find out!

There are three levels of CIPD qualifications and are delivered by CIPD-approved study centers. 

Level 3: Foundation Certificate in People Practice

The CIPD Level 3 qualification is ideal for you if you are looking to find your first role in the people profession or are working in support roles and aim to progress. This course provides a solid foundation in HR and the essential skills and knowledge required to excel in the field. The expected duration to complete this certification is 8-12 months and you will become a CIPD foundation member upon successful completion.

Level 5: Associate Diploma

If you have some work experience in HR or L&D and want to grow your professional expertise, the CIPD Level 5 qualification is a great choice. This qualification is designed for mid-level HR and L&D professionals aiming for career advancement. The Level 5 qualification dives deeper into HR and L&D practices, equipping you with the skills to handle more complex challenges. The expected duration to complete this certification is 12-16 months and you will be awarded the CIPD Associate membership upon successful completion. 

Level 7: Advanced Diploma

If you are an experienced people professional in senior HR or L&D roles or aspiring to be an HR leader, the CIPD Level 7 will be the right choice for you. The Level 7 qualification is designed for strategic thinkers who want to take the lead and shape the future of their profession. It covers advanced topics and equips you with the expertise needed to lead HR and L&D strategies.  The expected duration to complete this certification is 16-24 months and you will be awarded a CIPD Associate membership upon successful completion. You can then apply to upgrade to Chartered Member (MCIPD) or Chartered Fellow (FCIPD), depending on your experience. 

Factors to Consider

When deciding which CIPD level is right for you, there are several factors to consider like… 

  • Your level of experience in the field

 If you are just starting, the Foundation Level is a good starting point. If you have some experience, you may be better suited for the Intermediate Level. And if you are a seasoned professional looking to take your career to new heights, the Advanced Level would be better suited for you. You’ll read more on those different levels later. 

  • Your long-term career goals

Where do you see yourself in the next five years? Which level of qualification will support your aspirations and help you achieve your goals? It’s essential to align your CIPD level with your career ambitions to get the most out of your professional development journey.

  • Your availability to commit

Each CIPD level requires a different level of time and effort. The higher the level, the more demanding the coursework. Be realistic about your availability and make sure you can commit to your chosen CIPD level.

Thinking About Pursuing the CIPD Qualification?

CIPD is an excellent choice for people professionals who want to develop and enhance their knowledge and skills. And, determining the right level for your career advancement in HR or L&D is crucial for maximizing your professional potential. 

Interested in pursuing the CIPD qualification? Kaplan Professional ME is one of the CIPD-approved study centers in the UAE and we currently offer the CIPD Level 3 Certification program in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and the rest of the Middle East region. Our program is led by qualified trainers with a comprehensive curriculum for a fruitful, yet seamless journey with interactive sessions, extensive assessment guidance, customized study resources, and flexibility. 

For more information, get in touch with us at info@kaplanme.com or call us at 04-554-6184.