CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice

Apprentices will be introduced to a wide range of relevant knowledge and expertise in people practice. This apprenticeship 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.

This flexible apprenticeship combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.

What will I learn?

The knowledge component of the apprenticeship provides a strong foundation to give people professionals the confidence and capabilities to guide their decision-making, actions and behaviours.

Modules of study

Learners will study the following modules:

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

How will I be assessed?

Apprentices must pass the end-point assessment to achieve the apprenticeship certificate. The end-point assessment for the HR Support Apprenticeship includes a consultative project and a professional discussion.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices though most will be expected to hold 5 GCSEs at grade 6 (C) or higher. Prior experience may also be considered. Apprentices should also have achieved qualifications in English and mathematics at a minimum of level 2 or equivalent. Where this is not the case, apprentices must complete these by the end of the apprenticeship.


Successful achievement of this apprenticeship will allow progression to study higher HR qualifications at Level 5.

Career opportunities

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

Additional information

It is expected that this Apprenticeship will take 14 months to complete.

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