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 CIPD membership. 

In these challenging times, you can achieve your CIPD qualification from home by studying 100% online. You can study with one of our centres accredited to deliver digital programmes, or one of the many centres who have adapted their learning offering to online delivery. Learn more about digital CIPD qualifications.

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.

New CIPD qualifications

New CIPD qualifications have launched in the UK and Middle East, with study centres in Ireland being ready to start teaching the new qualifications from September 2021.We will keep you updated as things progress but in the meantime, check out some of our most frequently asked questions.

Which qualification is right for me?

CIPD membership status is recognised internationally as the benchmark for the people profession. Our internationally-recognised qualifications will help you build your career and enhance your professionalism. Successfully completing a CIPD Certificate or Diploma at any level will lead to Associate membership. If you complete an Advanced Level Diploma (Postgraduate level) and have accrued the relevant work experience, you will be able to apply for Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow.

These are recognised as the professional standards in the Irish marketplace. In the UK, CIPD’s qualifications are registered on the Regulated Qualifications Framework and are regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and the Council for Curriculum Examinations and Assessment. The qualifications table on our website shows how UK registered CIPD qualifications map onto other qualifications framework, including the European Qualifications Framework, and Ireland’s QQI. 

The parallel standards will remain after Brexit, though formal recognition may be unclear. Human resources is not a regulated profession across Europe, so there is no requirement for a licence to practice qualification.

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. Learn more about digital CIPD qualifications
  • 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

If you want to study digitally, choose your digital study provider from the list of study centres.

Step 5: Join the CIPD as a student member

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

Achieve Associate membership on successful completion of your studies.

Learn about student membership

Studying not for you?

Experience Assessment is a direct route to CIPD 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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