Learning and Development Courses

Our CIPD pass rate is 93%†


Get CIPD qualified in L&D 100% online and advance your career from anywhere.

Our L&D courses are highly flexible, making it easy for you to find the perfect balance between study, work, and life. You can learn at your own pace, study from anywhere, and get unlimited support whenever you need it.

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Accelerate your L&D career with the CIPD centre most recommended by students.**

People are at the heart of every organisation, and whether or not an organisation succeeds will ultimately come down to the skills and knowledge of its employees. As a learning and development professional, you’re responsible for staff training and nurturing talent and will therefore play a crucial role in your organisation's success. 

By studying a Learning and Development course, you’ll be taking control of your career and abilities, developing your skills and knowledge whilst learning to develop the skills and knowledge of others.

CIPD qualifications are highly valued by employers because they teach the evidence-based theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical skills needed to excel in training and L&D roles. This means that our CIPD students achieve great things:

  • 73% of our CIPD students increase their salary
  • 97% say CIPD has made them more attractive to employers
  • 90% say CIPD has made them more confident at work
  • 82% are now in a role where CIPD is preferred or essential
  • 95% recommend studying CIPD‡

Many achieve their dream human resources job even before they’ve finished their studies.

We're trusted to provide the complete range of CIPD qualifications across Level 3, 5 and 7, so whether you’re new to training, aiming for a promotion, switching career, or looking to bring postgraduate-level knowledge to your role, studying a CIPD L&D qualification with us is the first step to achieving your career goals.

CIPD L&D Student Reviews

"The tutors are highly experienced – some practically and others academically. The online classrooms were insightful."

Adam Currie Cipd Level 5

Adam Currie

"The tutors were very helpful and got back to me quickly whenever I had a query. I feel CIPD has made me more credible in the training setting."

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Mala Punn

"It has provided me with confidence within my L&D practice and I have also been able to network with other like-minded people."


Jennifer Thomas

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We’re the most recommended online CIPD centre, rated Excellent from more than 10,000 independent student reviews. We’re trusted by thousands of students  across 100+ countries.

We’re also the world’s most experienced online learning provider, having been pioneers in flexible distance learning for 130 years.

Our flexible self-paced course structure, unlimited support, and interest-free* monthly payment plans make it easy to shape learning around your life.

That’s why every year, we help thousands of CIPD students like you study L&D training and get the qualifications they need to succeed.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the world’s largest professional body for those involved in the management and development of people. 

It has over 160,000 global members and is the only organisation that can confer Chartered status on HR and L&D professionals.

A CIPD qualification represents the the global gold standard for professional quality in learning and development, and they're studied by more than 25,000 L&D and HR professionals each year.

Whether you're just starting out in L&D or looking to take your career to the next level, our CIPD qualifications can help you:

  • Enhance your CV and attract top employers globally
  • Secure promotions and new roles
  • Increase your earning potential
  • Stand out in your organisation for the high quality of your work
  • Build your professional credibility and confidence

Every learner is different, so you should always talk to an experienced CIPD advisor before committing to a course, but here’s a rough guide to CIPD's three levels:

The CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate is ideal if you're new to the people profession. It's designed for HR and L&D beginners.

The CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma is a great choice if you have some L&D experience and want to move into a mid-level L&D management or advisory role. It's also suited to you if you’re new to L&D but have a university degree and want to begin your studies at a higher level.

The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma is for you if you have significant L&D or HR experience or an HR degree. It will give you the high-level strategic skills you need to manage the L&D function at a senior level.

If you'd like to focus on HR rather than L&D, you could study a CIPD Human Resources qualification.

Before you enrol with us, our expert CIPD advisors will talk through your experience, education, and ambitions to ensure you’re choosing the right course for you.

If you’re not ready to commit to a full L&D qualification and would like to focus on only the essential modules, you could study one of our CIPD Core programmes. 

The CIPD Level 5 Core programme covers 3 modules:

  • Organisational Performance and Culture in Practice
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Professional Behaviours and Valuing People

It has an average completion time of 6 months and a support period of 9 months. 

The CIPD Level 7 Core programme covers 4 modules:

  • Work and Working Lives in a Changing Business Environment
  • People Management and Development Strategies for Performance 
  • Personal Effectiveness, Ethics and Business Acumen 
  • Business Research in People Practice

It has an average completion time of 9 months and a support period of 12 months.

Bear in mind that our Core programmes won’t give you a Learning and Development qualification, just the essential skills you need to succeed in an L&D role.

If you complete a Core programme and then decide you’d like to move onto the full CIPD Diploma at that level, you won’t need to take the whole course again – you can simply complete the extra modules and you’ll be CIPD qualified!

For more information on our CIPD Core programmes, get in touch with our course advisors by webchat, email or phone. 

We think our students say it best. They've rated us Excellent from more than 9000+ independent Trustpilot reviews, making us the UK's most recommended CIPD centre (as well as the most experienced - we've been in education for 130 years).

We're committed to helping everyone build a career that they're proud of, and a huge part of that involves giving people the freedom to shape their qualification around their lives. 

Our online Learning and Development courses are perfect for you if you have a full-time job, kids, an irregular working pattern, a busy schedule, or if you simply want to be in control of your learning.

From our self-paced online course structure to our extended study periods to our unlimited support, we give you the flexibility you need to achieve your L&D qualification, no matter what life throws at you.

That’s why every year, we help thousands of CIPD students like you get the training and qualifications they need to succeed.

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* Any offer of credit is made by ICS and is subject to your status and eligibility.

** ICS Learn has a Trustpilot rating of 4.7/5 from 10,000+ independent student reviews.

† 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 from a survey of 600 open HR job adverts listed on Reed.co.uk between July and September 2019.