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CIPD Foundation Certificate in Human Resource Practice Level 3

Level 3 - Advanced

CIPD Foundation Certificate in Human Resource Practice Level 3

The CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice is a foundation-level qualification designed to reflect the CIPD HR Profession Map and the new professional membership criteria.  The qualification extends and fosters a deeper level of understanding and application and naturally progresses learners' expertise in people practice.

It is suited to individuals who:

  • are aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in people management
  • are working in a people practice role and wish to contribute their knowledge and skills to help shape organisational value
  • are working towards or working in a people manager role

To be awarded the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice, learners are required to successfully complete all 4 core units (Total credit value of 24 CREDITS).  Completion of the Certificate gives you the underpinning knowledge required for the new Associate professional grade of CIPD membership.  This new professional grade of membership is a badge of competence that is quite indicative to potential employers, across all sectors, nationally and internationally. 

This course gives you the use of new designatory letters after your name, Assoc CIPD (after the upgrading process). 

This course is based at Matthew Boulton College, offering a mix of classroom and online learning.  2 Options:

  • 1 Evening session 3 hours per week (Thursday evening) for 30 weeks, Or
  • Condensed option of 3 days per week for 12 weeks. (10:30AM- 2:30PM).



Matthew Boulton College



* Courses are free for 16-18s. Students aged 19 or over could be charged fees and is subject to a fee assessment. Learners on benefits in the majority of cases courses are also free. Fee assessments are completed at enrolment.

Course Length: 31 Weeks

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however you must have an appropriate level of English, need to be able to produce written academic assignments of some length and an interest in HR. You will also be asked to complete an English initial assessment prior to enrolment. This is a very demanding qualification and you will be expected to attend every class and undertake homework and assignment work outside the classroom.

Assessment grading – This qualification is not graded. Learners will receive either a Pass or Fail. All assessment criteria   must be met 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 unit. If the complete qualification is not achieved, credit can be issued in the form of a statement of standalone unit credit.

Successful achievement of CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice will allow you to progress onto CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management and CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management or the CIPD Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development.

Units covered;

  • Business, culture and change in context
  • Principles of analytics
  • Core behaviours for people professionals
  • Essentials of people practice.