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CIPD Level 3 – Foundation Certificate in People Practice

CIPD Level 3 Diploma Program

The CIPD Level 3 Certificate in People Practice (CPP)  is an internationally recognised qualification which is relevant and applicable both to those new to the field and existing HR professionals operating in all sectors and organisations. This qualification is designed to support career development in HR by providing a foundation to build on and an introduction to the knowledge and capabilities needed by today’s HR professionals.

  • Gain an internationally recognised CIPD qualification

  • Explore the full range of topics at this level

  • Experience the best in social and collaborative learning

  • Be part of a live community of learners, supported by a dedicated Personal Tutor

  • Experience award-winning digital learning from an award-winning partnership

  • Gain associate membership of the CIPD, allowing you to use the designation Assoc CIPD after your name to showcase your credentials.

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Level 3 Certificate in People Practice – Brochure

Who is CIPD Level 3 for?

The CIPD Level 3 – Foundation Certificate in People Practice (CPP) is for you if you are:

  • Aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in HR;

  • Working in the field of HR in a support role, and wish to develop your knowledge and skills;

  • Have responsibility for HR activities and decisions within an organisation without a specialist function;

  • An employee or independent consultant within the field of HR and wish to understand the role of HR in the wider, organisational and environmental context.

  • Those who are just starting out in HR or L&D.

  • Those seeking to gain a professional qualification to help further their HR or L&D career.

Learning Outcomes

The CIPD Level 3 Certificate in People Practice is practical work based qualification that will enable you to:

  • Develop as a practitioner giving you a broad understanding of HR issues relating to individual, team and organisational development;

  • Understand how HR activities support an organisation's strategy and assist the achievement of business objectives and how they are shaped by internal and external factors.

Eligibility Requirements

  • No prior experience or qualifications is required to enroll on this HR course. It’s ideal if you’re just beginning your HR career.

  • If English is your second language, we recommend you have an IELTS 6.5/ESOL Level 2 or equivalent, but we're happy to review your case on an individual basis.

Delivery Method

  • This is an instructor-Led progarmme, 9 classroom days / 18 online days /80 training hours.

  • Coursework activities and assignments to be given during class.

  • You will learn in dedicated classrooms delivered by lecturers with a broad range of industry expertise using the latest technologies

Study Method

You will learn in dedicated classrooms delivered by lecturers with a broad range of industry expertise using the latest technologies.

The programme is developed to meet the needs of busy professionals and incorporates group work, case studies, and scenarios from current HR Practice with unlimited support via e-mail to your programme tutors.

The diploma program is a combination of classroom guided learning, online learning, and self-study. The students are working professionals so we have split the classroom days into manageable chunks. You will only need to take time off work for a few days at a time and there is also sufficient time in between the blocks (modules) to self-study and complete assignments.


Our programs are taught by practicing HR professionals and supported with creative and interesting learning materials. Therefore, our programs encourage collaboration, interaction, participation and the sharing of experiences with fellow students, whilst building a strong working relationship with our team.

Assessment Method

There are no exams or workshops on this program. Students will be assessed via a range of methods include written assignments (business reports, work based project and reflective statements to support individual learning plans), presentations, role plays as well your contribution to online discussion forums.


Students will submit your assignments for each module online. Each will be between 500 and 3000 words. Assignments will be marked by your tutor and verified by CIPD. At the beginning of the program, students will get an access to the We-are-HR study hub. The student hub has detailed resources for each module. Before each class, the tutor will share all the resources needed and during classes students will work through each of the learning outcomes.


Assessment Focus

Assessment for the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice is employer-driven and aimed at real scenarios that learners may encounter in their future career.

Assessment Grading

This qualification is not graded. Learners will receive either a Pass or Fail. All assessment criteria must be met in order to achieve a Pass.


Qualification Achievement

  • All assessments for this qualification are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes.

  • To achieve a Pass for this qualification, a learner must have satisfied all the assessment criteria for each core unit. If the complete qualification is not achieved, credit can be issued in the form of a statement of standalone unit credit.

  • Statements of standalone unit credit will be subject to the currency of the existing qualification and CIPD quality assurance checks. The CIPD’s decision will be final.



Successful achievement of the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice will allow progression onto the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management or the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development.


  • The Qualification is delivered in 3 modules/blocks of 4-8 days each.

  • There is a period of 2-4 weeks between modules/blocks. This allows the student to return to their workplace, review their learning, and complete the required workbooks and assignments.

  • Below are the dates of the 2023-24 calendar of Level 3 Certificate in People Practice program:

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