CIPD Level 3Foundation Certificate in People Practice

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  • Learn with the UK’s most trusted CIPD Centre†
  • The perfect course if you're just starting your HR or L&D career
  • Leads to entry-level roles like HR/L&D Assistant, HR Administrator, and Trainer
  • Study anywhere, anytime on your laptop, phone or tablet
  • Live online CIPD classes & unlimited support

Why is this course right for you?

This online Foundation qualification from the prestigious Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development is the ideal way to launch your HR or L&D career – no previous experience required.

  • Get your first job: 78% of our CIPD students now work in HR or L&D
  • Earn more: 73% of our CIPD students increase their salary
  • Upgrade your CV: 97% say CIPD has made them more attractive to employers
  • Develop your skills: 90% say CIPD has made them more confident at work
  • Enhance your credibility: gain respected CIPD Foundation Membership

Getting CIPD qualified is the simplest way to invest in yourself and secure a well-paying job in the people profession. That's why 95% of our students recommend CIPD.‡

Course details for CIPD Level 3

There are no formal entry requirements for you to enrol on this CIPD Level 3 Foundation course. 

It’s perfect if you’re just getting started in your HR or L&D career and want to develop the knowledge and skills you need to become a successful people professional. 

If English is your second language, we recommend that you have achieved one of the following (or an equivalent):

  • IELTS: 5.5 overall score with a minimum of 5.5 in each category
  • TOEFL: 71 overall score with a minimum of 17 in each category
  • Cambridge: Grade C or above

However, this isn't mandatory, and we're happy to review your case on an individual basis.

Your CIPD Level 3 Foundation course and assignments are 100% online.

You'll study four modules:

  • Business, Culture and Change in Context
  • Essentials of People Practice 
  • Core Behaviours for People Professionals 
  • Principles of Analytics 

Please note that where the course discusses legislation and policy, this will be based on UK law.

For full details of what you’ll learn on each module, download our CIPD Foundation Certificate course guide.

You’ll complete written assignments for each module that you study, letting you demonstrate the new knowledge you’ve gained and the skills you’ve mastered.

You’ll submit your assignments online, and they’ll be marked by our assessors and moderated by CIPD.

Once you've passed all your assignments, you'll be awarded your new CIPD qualification!

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Yes! We’ve been a CIPD-awarded centre for 30 years, and pioneers in flexible professional learning for 130 years.

We’re the UK’s most trusted online CIPD centre, rated Excellent from more than 8,000 independent student reviews.

And our CIPD pass rate is 99% from thousands of students each year.

The CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice is an entry-level qualification aimed at people who are looking to start a career in Human Resources or Learning and Development. It's suitable for beginners who have little or no experience of working in HR or L&D roles. As a result, it's popular with people who are switching careers and looking to gain an entry-level role in the area. A Level 3 course, it's the first qualification that most HR and L&D professionals study, providing a strong foundation of essential knowledge to build your career on.

The course is split into four modules:

  • Business, Culture and Change in Context
  • Essentials of People Practice 
  • Core Behaviours for People Professionals 
  • Principles of Analytics 

In Business, Culture and Change in Context, you'll explore how HR and L&D professionals influence work and employees in different ways. You'll also look at how digital and commercial environments impact businesses, the importance of project planning and how employee behaviour can shape workplace culture.

In Essentials of People Practice, you'll look at the fundamental principles and functions of the people profession (ie. Human Resources and Learning & Development), as well as legislation and policy. You'll explore areas such as the recruitment process, diversity and inclusion and managing employees.

Core Behaviours for People Professionals examines the key behaviours that are expected from professionals working in HR and L&D roles. Throughout this module, you'll explore how ethical practice can create value and how ethical principles can be applied to various customer-focused business approaches. You'll also learn how to evaluate and reflect on contemporary, professional ethical values. 

In Principles of Analytics, you'll discover how evidence-based practice motivates business outcomes, along with how data analytics is used to inform decision-making within an organisational. 

You can find out more about what you'll study on the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice in our blog, CIPD 101: A Complete Guide to CIPD HR and L&D Qualifications (and Which One to Choose)

We offer the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice entirely online either On Demand of Live Online, which means that you can complete the qualification from anywhere with flexibility. 

This type of learning is well-suited to busy professionals who want to qualify whilst working full-time. All you need to study your Level 3 course is a stable internet connection and a device that you can access the digital course content on, like a laptop, smartphone or tablet. 

There are three CIPD Human Resources qualifications to choose from.

The CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice is designed for those with no or minimal HR experience. It’s perfect if you’re looking for your first HR role.

The CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management is designed for those with some HR experience who are looking for a mid-level HR role. It’s also suitable if you have some experience of HR duties in a non-HR role (for example, as a manager), or if you're new to HR but have a degree and want to begin your studies at a higher level.

The CIPD Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management is designed for those with considerable HR experience or an HR degree who are ready to take on postgraduate-level study. It’ll prepare you for strategic senior HR roles and allow you to apply for CIPD Chartered Membership once you have the necessary professional experience.

If you’d like to specialise in L&D, you could also study one of our CIPD Learning & Development courses.

We know everyone’s situation is different, so before you enrol, our CIPD Course Advisors will talk through your experience, education and ambitions to make sure you’re choosing the perfect course for you.

Right away! When you enrol, you’ll be able to log in within 60 minutes. 

On average it will take you between 7 and 9 months to study the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice, based on a typical study schedule of a few hours a week.

Nothing is stopping you from completing the course in less time though. The influencing factors are how much time you can dedicate to studying in a week and whether you choose to study On Demand or Live Online. On Demand allows you to work through the course at your own pace, on your own time. With Live Online, however, you will be expected to attend set live-streamed classes in between setting your study schedule.  

As an ICS Learn CIPD student, you'll always have a real person on hand to help you when you need it. From the moment you enrol, you'll have access to:

  • Unlimited support
  • Live online CIPD classrooms so you can learn and ask questions in real time
  • CIPD classroom recordings so you can watch and rewatch them at a time that suits you
  • CIPD student forums to network and share advice with other HR professionals
  • Our friendly Student Services team to help you with non-academic questions
  • Our all-in-one online learning platform, mystudyspace, filled with interactive course materials designed by CIPD experts

You'll also have unlimited lifetime access to our Career Hub, giving you thousands of resources to help you impress employers, master critical business skills, and build your dream career. It includes:

  • A CV and cover letter builder
  • An interview simulator
  • An elevator pitch builder
  • Career and work psychology assessments
  • In-depth industry and employer profiles
  • 350+ employer films with practical advice from hiring managers
  • 1000+ short courses, articles and videos on key career skills like negotiating a raise and leading a team

You can take a sneak peek at the Career Hub by signing up for free here

If you’re funding the course yourself, our flexible 0% payment plans allow you to spread the cost with interest-free* monthly instalments.

Plus, with our price match guarantee, we’ll match any provider’s price for a like-for-like CIPD course, so you’ll always get the best deal with us.

If your employer is funding all or part of your course, we can invoice them directly for your course fees – just let your course advisor know and we’ll arrange everything.

Unlike other CIPD courses, there are no strict entry requirements for the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice. This is because the Level 3 is a qualification aimed at people who are coming into the people profession for the first time, or who are at the early stages of their career. 

You must, however, speak and write in English to an adequate level. We recommend that you have an IELTS 5.5/TOEFL 71/Cambridge Grade C or equivalent to study for this qualification. We're happy to review cases individually if you're unsure of your suitability for this course.

Yes, you must be a CIPD member for the duration of your studies. We can’t submit your assignments for moderation, give you assessment grades, or award your qualification unless you’re an active CIPD member, so you must register before submitting your first assignment.

We’ll give you full details of how to join as a Student Member after you enrol. You’ll pay an annual Student Membership fee – our CIPD Advisors can give you the most up-to-date costs.

When you complete your course, you’ll become a Foundation Member of the most prestigious HR and L&D organisation in the world, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

You’ll join a community of 160,000 ambitious, forward-thinking professionals across 120 countries, and have exclusive access to insights, advice and guidance from prominent HR and L&D experts.

On top of offering you the professional credibility you need, CIPD membership has the potential to increase your earning potential even further than your CIPD qualification alone; up to £4,400** as an Associate Member or up to a whopping £17,200** as a prestigious Chartered Member in mid to senior-level HR roles! 

If you’re interested in becoming a CIPD member, take a look at the new CIPD membership levels and how they’re aligned with CIPD’s Profession Map.

Get in touch with our CIPD Advisors on +44 141 404 6595.

They’ll talk through your experience and skills to make sure you’re choosing the right course, then get you enrolled with a flexible monthly payment plan.

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please tell your Course Advisor before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

Your payments will be charged in GBP. The monthly payments listed in your local currency are an estimate based on the current exchange rate from

This means that if you set up a monthly payment plan, the amount you’ll pay each month in your local currency may vary based on the current exchange rate.

Your bank may use a different exchange rate from the one listed here, or charge a fee for converting your payments into GBP; we’d advise that you speak to your bank directly for more details.

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93% pass rate based on 9,266 assignments achieving a pass in 2023.

‡ Statistics from a survey of 240 CIPD students who graduated between 2015 and 2022.

**Data source: Lightcast™ 2022