Phil Boucher answers your most Frequently Asked Questions about studying for - and achieving - CIPD qualifications.
Where can I do a CIPD course?
There are over 400 CIPD approved centres nationwide. Course structure and costs vary between all of them so it is best to check what's available locally and find one that most closely matches your budget and course requirements.
To do this you will have to contact the centres directly. A list of relevant places can be found by contacting the CIPD professional education department on 020-8263 3313 or e-mailing [email protected] or visiting www.cipd.co.uk
Can I study part-time or at home?
As most people who undertake a course are already working, the CIPD has made it very easy to study part-time, in block release or through a distance-learning programme. Full-time courses are also available, although all applicants are vetted for their suitability.
Further information can be found via the CIPD flexible learning department on 020-8263 3340 or e-mail [email protected]
What courses can I take?
Those looking for a general personnel qualification can take certificate courses in either personnel practice (CPP) or training practice (CTP). These have been specifically designed as entry point qualifications for students who want a thorough grounding in HR basics.
They are open to people from any background who would like to improve their people management skills. So a typical course will involve line managers, personal assistants and clerical staff alongside new HR recruits.
What about a more in-depth course?
For more in-depth study, the CIPD professional qualification structure (PQS) provides the opportunity to study more specialised areas.
This has three components:
- core personnel and development