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Learning and Development Courses

Our CIPD pass rate is 96%*

Study a Learning and Development course online from home and advance your career with a globally recognised qualification.

Our Learning and Development 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 one-to-one help from your expert L&D tutor whenever you need it.

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Learn online anywhere, anytimeon your phone, tablet or laptop

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Set your own study scheduleand shape CIPD around your life

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Interest-free monthly paymentshelp you spread the cost

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Unlimited 1-to-1 tutor supportand live online CIPD classrooms

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 training 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 graduates increase their salary
  • 82% say CIPD will play a vital role in their career advancement
  • 95% say that their CIPD qualification makes them more attractive to employers
  • 94% 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 want 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

"It compliments my work schedule perfectly, and from the first unit I was able to put my learning into practice in my team!"

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Vanessa Deroo

"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

"ICS Learn has been brilliant. I didn’t want to attend formal classes, online training lets me pick up my studies as and when."

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Rebecca Bailey

Learning and Development FAQs

We’re the most recommended online CIPD centre, with a Trustpilot rating of 4.8/5 from more than 4000 independent student reviews. We’re trusted by thousands of students each year 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 tutor 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 get 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 150,000 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:

CIPD Level 3 Foundation courses are ideal if you're new to L&D or are currently working in an operational L&D role. They're designed for hands-on L&D practitioners and trainers and will teach you how to plan, deliver and evaluate a variety of types of training.

CIPD Level 5 Intermediate courses are a great choice if you have some L&D experience and want to move into a mid-level L&D management or advisory role. They're 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.

CIPD Level 7 Advanced courses are for you if you have significant L&D or HR experience or an HR degree. They'll give you the high-level strategic skills you need to manage the L&D function at a senior level.

The comprehensive Level 7 Diploma in HR Development covers a variety of HR and L&D modules, while the shorter Level 7 Certificate in HR allows you to choose only the L&D modules, if you prefer.

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.

At each CIPD level, there are three lengths of qualification to choose from.

CIPD Diplomas are the most comprehensive CIPD courses at each level and take the longest to complete. They cover everything you need to know to excel in L&D, giving you well-rounded generalist and specialist knowledge that will serve you well in a wide variety of roles.

CIPD Certificates consist of selected modules from the full Diploma. They're slightly shorter in length, but still cover the core subjects in detail, and are a great choice if you’re looking to gain essential L&D knowledge in less time.

CIPD Award is an individual module from the Diploma studied as a standalone course. They give you in-depth knowledge of a narrow subject area and are ideal if you’d like to specialise in a specific area of L&D such as leadership development or OD&D.

Ready to learn more or have questions about CIPD? Contact our expert CIPD advisors by email, online chat or phone.

You can also advance your career with our range of online CIPD Human Resources courses

* 96% pass rate based on 18,872 assignments submitted and 18,125 passed between 1/9/17 and 31/8/18.

† ICS Learn has a Trustpilot rating of 4.8/5 from more than 4000 independent student reviews.

‡ Data from a survey of 333 ICS Learn CIPD graduates from between 2012 and 2019.

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