Develop the knowledge and skills employers are looking for

Our HR and L&D qualifications develop relevant and essential knowledge and skills, and are a route into professional membership of the CIPD. 

Join over 1,000 professionals currently studying an HR and L&D qualification with us in Ireland and 20,000 internationally.

  • Increase your career prospects and earning potential.
  • Gain the skills, knowledge and tools to support your organisation and progress your career.
  • Build your confidence and credibility to handle the most pertinent people management and development issues.

Which qualification is right for me?

Step 1: Identify your level of study

Advanced level: If you’re experienced, looking to advance to a strategic level, and aspire to become a Chartered Member, then this postgraduate-level qualification is for you.

Intermediate level: If you’re already working in HR or L&D and want to develop your knowledge and skills, then this undergraduate degree-level qualification is the choice for you. 

Foundation level: If you’re just starting out in HR or L&D or working in a support role, these Leaving Certificate standard courses will make an ideal first professional qualification. 

Step 2: Choose your size of qualification

Diploma: Study a wide breadth of subjects.
Successful completion of a Foundation or Intermediate Diploma leads to Associate membership.
An Advanced Diploma also leads to Associate membership, and gives you the knowledge to apply for Chartered Membership (subject to eligibility).

Certificate: Study the essentials employers are looking for.
Successful completion at any level leads to Associate Membership.

Award: Focus on one area.
Get the knowledge and skills in a specific HR or L&D subject.
Note: Awards do not lead to any professional grade of membership but may give you credits toward a Certificate or Diploma.

Step 3: Decide how you’d like to study 

We deliver our qualifications through a range of different study modes, letting you choose the option that suits you most: 

  • Full-time or part-time learning: Attend taught classes as part of a structured, face-to-face learning experience
  • Digital learning: Enjoy maximum flexibility to study when and where you want through a blended or digital qualification
  • Supported Distance Learning

Step 4: Find your perfect qualification and study centre

We offer a choice of qualifications, study centres and ways to learn for each level of study and type of course. 

Find a study centre in Ireland: See list of study centres in Ireland and the qualifications they offer

Browse all qualifications: Search the Qualification finder

Study online through CIPD Enterprises in partnership with AVADO: Get details from AVADO

Step 5: Join the CIPD as a student member

Enjoy immediate access to essential HR and L&D resources, support and rewards. 

Progress to professional membership on successful completion of your studies.

Learn about student membership

Studying not for you?

Experience Assessment is a direct route to CIPD professional membership. It doesn’t require sitting an exam or a qualification in HR to be eligible. Instead, professionals with relevant experience showcase how they meet the membership standards.

Learn more about Experience Assessment

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