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CIPD Intermediate Certificate in HR Management

ICS Learn
Course summary
15 months
2,400 GBP
Next available date: Start anytime - Distance
e-learning / Online / Distance

Course description

It's time to get ahead with up to 25% off Level 5 CIPD courses.

The fully online Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management course is the ideal qualification to further your HR skills and advance your career. It's perfect if you're seeking to build a career in HR management, or if you're already working in HR management and want to expand your knowledge and formalise your expertise.

The CIPD Level 5 Certificate is set at undergraduate level and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the largest professional HR organisation in Europe. 

It's 100% online and will examine the role of an HR manager and a human resources department, looking at the different aspects of the role and how the functions are managed and coordinated.

Using specially designed online study materials and with the support of your tutors, mentors and student support team, you'll develop your ability to evaluate the effectiveness of different HR models and practices, and increase your understanding of the external factors that impact HR activities and organisations. 

You'll be able to specialise in two areas of human resource management. These could be resource and talent planning, reward management, employment law or contemporary developments in employment relations. 

Whilst building your professional expertise, you'll also be developing your planning, analytical and problem-solving skills.

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

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Suitability - Who should attend?

This 100% online programme is set at Level 5 and is therefore equivalent to the 2nd year of a degree programme. The Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management is ideal if you:

  • Are looking to develop a career in HR management
  • Need to understand the role of HR in the wider organisational and environmental context
  • Seek to further develop your professional HR knowledge after studying a CIPD Level 3 Foundation qualification
  • Aspire to become a professional member of the CIPD as an Associate Member

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to have an IELTS score of at least 6, or an equivalent certification.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Once you've completed the Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and skills required for a variety of more senior HR roles.

If you're already working in Human Resources, you'll have a qualification that builds on your previous experience and demonstrates your commitment to furthering your career.

Jobs you could hold at this level include:

  • HR Analyst
  • HR Manager
  • HR Advisor
  • HR Business Partner
  • Recruitment Manager

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

Structure of the Course

To achieve the CIPD Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management, you need a total of 32 credits, which you'll gain by completing all of the core modules and two out of a possible four optional modules.

You'll complete the programme in two parts. In the first, you'll study all four core modules:

  • Developing Professional Practice (4 credits)
  • Using Information in HR (4 credits)
  • Business Issues and the Contexts of HR (6 credits)
  • Managing and Coordinating the HR Function (6 credits)

For the second part, you'll complete any two out of the four optional modules:

Optional Modules

  • Resourcing and Talent Planning (6 credits)
  • Reward Management (6 credits)
  • Employment Law (6 credits)
  • Contemporary Developments in Employment Relations (6 credits)


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 Student membership fees are additional to your course fee.

Continuing Studies

Once you've completed this Intermediate Certificate, you could expand your knowledge by studying the full CIPD Level 5 Diploma.

It covers all the units that are on the Certificate plus several extra, so you'll gain more comprehensive knowledge of HR management. You'll pay only the difference between the cost of the courses, and study only the units that the Certificate didn't cover.

You could also progress to the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Certificate in Human Resource Management or the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management.Study at this level would qualify you for senior HR management roles, and allow you to become a Chartered Member of the Institute once you have the relevant experience.

About provider

ICS Learn

ICS Learn

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