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Level 5 CIPD Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Practice

Acacia Learning Ltd
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Course description

CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management 

Take your HR experience to the next level with this flexible certificate course from Acacia Learning. The course will help participants develop their theoretical knowledge of human resource practice, enabling them to pursue HR management roles. 

The course will explore critical HR functions and concepts, helping participants develop analytical skills, critical thinking, and strategic HR insights. Completion of this course results in Associate CIPD membership.

This flexible course offers participants four study options:

  • Part time evening course (26 evenings, 6-9pm once a week)
  • Weekend block course (10 days, delivered over 1-2 day blocks, normally once a month)
  • Weekday block course (10 days, delivered over 1-2 day blocks, normally once a month)
  • Competency route

Suitability - Who should attend?

This is an intermediate level certificate course in HR Management and is suitable for individuals who want to augment their existing knowledge of HR and move towards managerial roles in HR. It is specifically for professionals who have a good working knowledge of HR, via academic experience or at least a year of experience in the field.

The CIPD Level 5 HR qualifications are ideal if you are:

  • Already working in a HR role (at a managerial level) or perhaps looking to step up the ladder for a new HR role which requires this level.
  • You may already have some HR experience however a recognised qualification will strengthen your professional capabilities and “best practice” in your place of work.
  • Already have a relevant degree and wish to take the next steps.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

On completion of the course participants will achieve a CIPD Intermediate Certificate in HR Management.

CIPD qualifications are the international gold standard in human resources. The skills you develop with us will open new career options and enhance your professional network. Jobs which would be suitable once you have completed your CIPD level 5 HR qualifications include HR Manager, HR Consultant, HR Business Partner, and Organisational Development roles.

Training Course Content

You will have a fully CIPD approved tutor for each module who will provide unlimited support between classes and submitting your assignment. Our tutors teach modules which they specialise in, offering you the benefits of their experience. Tutors will share the resources you need before each class allowing you time to prepare. They will bring the subject to life, drawing on their own experiences and those within the group.

When you sign up to a CIPD Level 5 qualification you will receive an e-textbook and get access to our student hub. The hub contains a wealth of resources to widen your understanding and support you to successfully complete your assignments.

The CIPD Level 5 courses are broken down into modules. At the end of each module you will have a written assessment which is marked by your tutor. All assessments go through a rigorous internal and external verification processes. This ensures Acacia consistently meets the highest quality standards set by the CIPD.

Assessments will vary between each module but will always have a practical application. For example you may need to write a project plan or a briefing paper.

The Modules:

Developing Professional Practice (Core)

Develop a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by Human Resources professionals. Whether you are in a generalist or specialist role, and as described in the CIPD Profession Map. The module covers the personal competencies required by employers for HR professionals. This includes collaborating and working with others, and functioning efficiently and effectively within a professional environment. You will also gain the skills needed for ethical, people-focused and professional practice.

Business Issues and the Contexts of Human Resources (Core)

As a HR professional you need to be able to understand key developments in the business and external contexts within which HR operates. It will help you to identify and review the business and external factors affecting organisations and to assess the impacts on the HR function. It also examines HR’s role in strategy formulation and implementation. The course is designed to encourage you to provide workable organisational and HR solutions.

Using Information in Human Resources (Core)

As a HR professional you will need to be able to present a realistic case for improvement. Based on sound work-based research and an understanding of what is considered good practice. This core module focuses on developing research skills to help learners to identify data sources, analyse data and to evaluate and present a business case for improvement.

Managing and Coordinating the Human Resources Function (Core)

This course introduces you to human resources activity and to the role of the HR function in different organisations. It focuses on delivering HR objectives and building stakeholder relationships. It also covers the case for professionalism and an ethical approach to HR, as well as the role played by HR managers in facilitating and promoting effective change management.

Resourcing and Talent Planning

This module will give you the key operational tools, techniques and practices that organisations use to resource their organisations effectively. You will build an understanding of labour market trends, talent planning, employee retention and employee exit processes. The course will provide an overview of the way different organisations are managing these activities and which are the most effective in the context of diverse and distributed locations.

Reward Management

Develop a broad understanding of how the business context drives reward strategies and policies. Including labour market, industrial and sector trends, regional differences and trends in pay and international comparisons. The financial drivers of the organisation, and the impact of reward costs.

You will be required to gather and evaluate intelligence on a wide range of reward data and show how this impacts upon business decisions. You will acquire knowledge of the principles and policies of reward and learn how to implement them in practice.

Implementing Coaching and Mentoring

This module provides a comprehensive understanding of theory and applying coaching and mentoring in organisations for a range of stakeholders. You will learn how to assess the benefits of implementing coaching and mentoring in organisations and make recommendations.

Employee Engagement

This module provides a broad understanding of the concept of employee engagement and how to apply this in different contexts. It covers the components of employee engagement and the processes through which high levels of engagement can be secured and sustained within an organisation. You will explore the impact of comprehensively applying human resources policies, strategies and practices on engagement.

Employment Law

This module introduces the major areas of employment legislation and the employment law system. Focusing on ways in which day-to-day HR activities are subjected to some form of regulation. By the end of this module you will understand employment law, the tribunal/courts system, how it is managed and the employee journey.

Developing and Using Consultancy Skills

Within this module you will develop your understanding of how to operate as a consultant, different consultancy roles and the key stages in the consulting process. You will explore the range of skills and techniques required to be effective in a HR consulting role for each stage of the process. This includes, working with clients to address a business need, agreeing a solution through to evaluation and closure. At the end of the module, you should be more confident in providing customised HR solutions to meet the needs of different clients. The skills needed to negotiate deliverables as a consultant will also be addressed.


This course fee includes:

  • Attendance at all London classroom workshops
  • A tutor to advise and guide course participants on each module of the chosen programme.
  • Flexibility to study modules at different venues and in different study modes
  • Comprehensive course materials for each module
  • Core textbook (e-book version) for the course
  • 24 hour access to learning materials on-line

*CIPD membership is required for course participation and is payable direct to the CIPD. The CIPD will be able to confirm the latest fees for membership. (This cost is not included in the course fee.)

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A huge Thank you Acacia for your support during my year of studies. Really easy to correspond, fast to respond and always keen to help. I met with inspiring tutors and the flexibility around the different ways of studying (weekends, virtual, weekdays, evenings,etc.) really helped me to plan my courses around my busy full time job' and mum's role...
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