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Human Resource Practice CIPD Certificate Level 3

The Human Resource Practice CIPD Certificate Level 3 provides a firm foundation in all areas of human resources alongside an understanding of human resources in a business context. It helps students develop the practical and relevant skills to work confidently as an effective human resource practitioner.

Successful candidates receive the HR Practice CIPD Certificate and are awarded Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Assoc CIPD).

As a member of CIPD, you can keep up-to-date on the latest HR developments. As a professional body, the CIPD supports its members, sets the standards for professional qualifications and advises individuals and businesses on how to manage their people effectively and fairly.

This course will benefit you if want to gain the essential knowledge and skills required to move into HR, are working in HR at a support level, but do not hold a formal HR qualification, aspire to become a professional member of the CIPD or are a line manager, with responsibility for people management and development.

Cost £724 Exam Fee
When 14/09/2020 Duration41 weeks
LevelLevel 3 AttendanceFull Time
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This course consists of seven units, each focusing on a different element of HR operations. It has a focus on practical application, along with the exploration of underpinning models and theories that inform best practice.

These units include:

  • Developing yourself as an effective HR practitioner
  • Understanding organisations and the role of HR
  • Recording, analysing and using HR information
  • Contributing to the process of Job Analysis
  • Resourcing Talent
  • Supporting Good Practice in Performance and Reward Management
  • Supporting Change within organisations

The learning is delivered through weekly group classes with experienced CIPD qualified tutors and guest speakers. In addition to the taught hours, some guided learning and independent study is expected. There is also an element of group project work.

You will gain an understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviour required of a professional HR practitioner, whether your role is generalist in nature or more specialist, for example, in learning and development.

In addition, you will gain an understanding of how HR activities support an organisation’s strategy and assist the achievement of business objectives and how these are shaped by internal and external factors.

You will also gain the ability to analyse HR information and present findings to inform decision-making.

Assessment is continuous through the submission of reports (1,200 – 1,500 words), presentations and observation of students carrying out practical activities.

In addition, you will also need to demonstrate your ongoing commitment to professional development by keeping up-to-date plans and records.

Guidance and feedback will be given on all assessed work and students are expected to use the feedback to further develop their written and presentation skills as part of their continuous professional development.


Ideally you will be working in a human resources environment or have people management responsibilities.

Applications are welcome from people who can demonstrate relevant previous work experience.

Three GCSEs or equivalent (achievement of prior experience and learning will be taken into account).

Hit the ‘Apply Here’ button to begin the enrolment process and secure your place. Alternatively, complete the enquiry form or call the college on 01423 879 466 and ask to for a message to be sent to the CIPD course leader.

This qualification affords you the opportunity to progress to the Human Resource Management CIPD Certificate Level 5.


Harrogate College

Hornbeam Park Ave, Harrogate HG2 8QT United Kingdom

Tel: 0113 386 1997