CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice

The CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice is the entry level qualification for a career in Human Resources. Learners will be introduced to a wide range of relevant knowledge and expertise in people practice. This course is suited to learners who:

  • Are studying, aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in people practice
  • Are working in a people practice support role and wish to develop their knowledge and deliver immediate and short-term value for their organisation
  • Wish to develop the specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required to be a people professional.

Please note: classroom attendance is one evening per fortnight during term time.

What will I learn?

This qualification provides a strong foundation to give people professionals the confidence and capabilities to guide their decision-making, actions and behaviours.

Modules of study

Learners are required to successfully complete all four mandatory core units:

  • Business, culture and change in context
  • Principles of analytics
  • Core behaviours for people professionals
  • Essentials of people practice

How will I be assessed?

Assignments are set by CIPD for each unit and learners will be required to pass all four units to achieve the qualification.

Entry requirements

Learners will be expected to hold 5 GCSEs at grade 5 (C) or higher. Prior experience may also be considered. Learners should also have achieved qualifications in English and mathematics at GCSE or equivalent.


Successful achievement of the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice will allow progression to study higher CIPD Associate Level 5 qualifications.

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion of the course, learners will be able to undertake a range of roles in HR, including Recruiter, HR Advisor, HR Officer, HR Generalist, HR Coordinator and Training Coordinator.

Successful completion of the CIPD L3 Certificate gives you Foundation Membership of the CIPD. CIPD membership gives you a badge of professionalism that is internationally recognised, showcasing your knowledge and impact within the people profession.

Additional information

Course duration is 10 months with one evening class per fortnight at college.

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