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CIPD Foundation Diploma in Learning & Development Practice

ICS Learn
Course summary
15 months
2,475 GBP
Next available date: Start anytime - Distance
e-learning / Online / Distance

Course description

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The CIPD Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Learning & Development is the most comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of L&D. It's perfect if you're looking to move into L&D, or if you're currently in an L&D or training support role and want to formalise and build on your existing knowledge.

With a qualification in L&D from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development(CIPD), the largest HR and Development professional body in Europe, you'll be developing your skills and career options while you learn to do the same for others.

The CIPD Diploma in L&D is highly practical and real-world focused, so you can put what you learn into practice from day one. It'll give you an in-depth and thorough grounding in the training cycle and the fundamentals of learning and development, including its impact on business sustainability. 

You'll learn how to identify training needs then plan, deliver and monitor L&D activities in response. You'll also be able to specialise in either providing group training, using technology to facilitate L&D, or enhancing learner engagement.

This course will give you the confidence to be more effective at work and excel in your HR or training role.

*Pass rate based on 18,872 assignments submitted and 18,125 passed between 1/9/17 and 31/8/18.

Suitability - Who should attend?

You don't need any prior experience or qualifications to take this Foundation L&D level course. However, you must be proficient in English and have access to email and the internet.

Some knowledge of or experience in HR/L&D support or management would be beneficial, but it isn't essential. This Diploma will teach you everything you need to know to begin your L&D career.

This course is perfectly suited to you if you:

  • Want to gain the essential knowledge and skills required to move into L&D
  • Are working in an HR or L&D support role but don't hold a formal HR or L&D qualification
  • Are a current line manager with responsibility for people management and development
  • Are looking to become a professional member of the CIPD (Assoc CIPD)

Outcome / Qualification etc.

With a Foundation Diploma in Learning & Development from the leading professional body in the field, you'll be ready to excel in an entry/support-level L&D or training role.

Jobs you could hold at this level of study include:

  • L&D Assistant
  • L&D Coordinator
  • L&D Administrator
  • Trainer

Any CIPD qualification is highly attractive to employers, as it demonstrates both your professional expertise and your commitment to furthering your career.

Plus, once you graduate, you'll automatically become an Associate Member of CIPD, showing that you hold yourself to the highest professional standards.

If you decide to continue your professional development with CIPD, your study and further experience could lead to Chartered status with the Institute, and the potential for lucrative and rewarding senior level roles.

Training Course Content

To achieve the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Learning & Development, you'll complete 8 units totalling 38 credits.

  • Becoming an Effective L&D Practitioner (4 credits)
  • L&D and the organisation (4 credits)
  • Identifying L&D Needs (3 credits)
  • Designing L&D Activities (6 credits)
  • Delivering L&D Activities (6 credits)
  • Evaluating L&D Activities (3 credits)
  • Supporting Individual Learning through Coaching and Mentoring (6 credits)
  • Supporting Collective and Social Learning (6 credits)


Unlike our other CIPD courses which are 100% online, you'll attend one two-day workshop on our CIPD Level 3 Foundation Diploma in L&D course. This gives you the opportunity to:

  • Network with like-minded professionals
  • Build confidence in the new skills you've learned
  • Meet your tutor face-to-face

Workshops are held in London, Birmingham and Glasgow. 

Workshop fees are additional to our course fees. Please speak to one of ICS Learn's course advisors for more information on the workshop.


You can either pay for your course in full or opt for an interest-free payment plan. You'll pay a small deposit and the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can extend the terms or pay your balance off sooner if you choose.

Please note that CIPD's annual membership and workshop fees are additional to your course fee.

Continuing Studies

You could continue your professional development with the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate or the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in L&D

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