CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualifications (at postgraduate level) are the most widely recognised professional qualifications in the field and allow you to gain recognition of your HR/L&D management expertise, whilst also fulfilling the ever more frequent requirement for people management and development professionals to have CIPD qualification. They have been designed in line with the CIPD Professional Standards to give you a breadth of knowledge whilst also providing you with the opportunity to specialise in your chosen areas of expertise.
Our CIPD Level 7 Advanced programmes are available nationally by CIPD Flexible Learning+, the enhanced flexible learning programme from the CIPD's own learning delivery arm.
The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Certificate
For people who want to focus specifically on one area of study (HR or L&D), the Certificate takes approximately one year to complete. Successful completion leads to Associate CIPD Membership.
The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma
The Diploma requires around two year's study. Successful completion provides you with the knowledge required to work toward Chartered membership of the CIPD.
CIPD Flexible Learning+
Our CIPD Level 7 Advanced programmes are available nationally by CIPD Flexible Learning+, the enhanced flexible learning programme from the CIPD Training.
You're probably juggling a demanding career with a busy life, so that's why CIPD Flexible Learning+ is a great choice for people like you because it's designed to be enjoyable, but most importantly, manageable way to achieve your CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualification.
CIPD Flexible Learning+ gives you the benefit of monthly workshops and exceptional support all wrapped up with superb learning resources, so you can study where and when it suits you. And, with study venues across the UK, you have the reassurance that wherever you live or work, there's a programme right for you.
CIPD Training has joined forces with DPG to bring you a truly exceptional, world-class CIPD Flexible Learning+ experience.
Visit the CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualifications by CIPD Flexible Learning+ site to find out more, or call us on +44 (0)20 8612 6203.
- Length of Programme
The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma usually takes two years to complete, while the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Certificate is designed to be completed in one year.
- Who is it for
You don't need any academic qualifications to enrol with CIPD Flexible Learning+. We'll give you all the support you need as you progress through your studies, so don't worry if you haven't studied for a while. You do not need to have completed a level 3 Foundation or level 5 Intermediate CIPD qualification to enrol.
If you are responsible for implementing HR/L&D strategy and developing policy or change management, or if you are an HR/L&D professional in a team, or have responsibility for HR/L&D development and are seeking to enhance and develop your career, the level 7 Advanced qualifications will be suitable for you.
If you've already studied for part of the qualification somewhere else, it's easy to switch to our programme to complete your learning.
Benefits to you and your career
By studying and successfully achieving a CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualification, you are demonstrating that you have the skills and drive to maximise your contribution to overall business performance and are committed to achieving the highest standard of professionalism in your career.
A professional grade of membership
The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Certificate and Diploma offered by CIPD Flexible Learning+ are designed to reflect the CIPD Profession Map and professional membership criteria.
If you successfully complete the full CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma, you will have achieved the knowledge requirement for Chartered membership. If you then have the relevant work experience, you can apply for a membership assessment (assessing your workplace activities and behaviours). If successful, you will be upgraded to Chartered Member (MCIPD).
Raise your professional profile
Chartered membership confirms to peers and employers that you've delivered against the activities, knowledge and behaviours set for the Chartered Member criteria.
Enhance your career prospects
Chartered Members are better placed to command higher salaries. Independent research reveals that individuals with professional qualifications stand to earn £81,000 in additional earning over a lifetime (CCPMO Economic Impact Report, December 2008).
As Chartered Member you're able to use the professional designation Chartered MCIPD after your name.
A more active role within the CIPD
You'll be eligible to vote on constitutional matters and you can apply to be a Branch Officer.
Benefits to your organisation
Maximise your contribution to sustainable business success
Our qualifications focus on the role of HR and L&D in building sustainable business success. So by investing in your development, your organisation is maximising the ability of its HR and development function to help contibute to organisational objectives.
Learning that can be immediately applied to workplace challenges
Our programmes are business-focused, relevant and practical so you can apply your new knowledge and skills back to the workplace – immediately. Features of CIPD Flexible Learning+ programmes that will help you achieve this include:
- The highly practical nature of the workbooks which many of our learners tell us aids immediate workplace application – these are a unique resource only available through CIPD Flexible Learning+.
- Workshops run by consultant facilitators who bring real life examples and practices into the group for discussion. Your organisation will benefit from access to the very latest thinking and expertise in best practice.
- Assessments which involve finding solutions to real life examples and challenges from your workplace. Together with your reading of the materials, your discussions as a group and guidance by the facilitators, you’ll be in a strong position provide free consultancy on key and unique issues affecting your organisation.
Minimise your time away from the office
With CIPD Flexible Learning+, the amount of time you’ll need to spend out of the office on ‘off the job’ training is minimised, along with travel and accommodation costs, as you’ll only need to attend a workshop every four weeks or so. So you’re able to bring considerable benefits to your organisation through the time that this unique method of study enables you to continue to dedicate to your organisation.
Enhance your organisation’s profile
Organisations need to motivate and engage existing employees as well as make themselves appealing to potential future talent. By showing a committment to developing its people, your organisation will add value to its branding agenda.
Provide access to CIPD resources
While studying with us, you’ll have access to a range of products and services available excusively to CIPD members, which in turn, can be of significant benefit to your organisation. You’ll have access to a wealth of professional resources including:
- online journals and magazines
- People Management magazine
- member only surveys, reports and research
- training tools
- and, much more!
The following units provide the core content of the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Certificate and Diploma in HR Development
- HR Management in context
- Leading, managing and developing people
- Developing skills for business leadership
- Investigating a business issue from an HR perspective.
The following are the optional units in the HR Development stream.
- Learning and talent development
- Designing, delivering and evaluating L&D provision
- Knowledge management and organisational learning
- Understanding and implementing coaching and mentoring.
For more details on the units, please visit the CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualifications by CIPD Flexible Learning+ site
For the core units, assessments differ from unit to unit. There are nationally assessed exams for two of the four core units; Leading, managing and developing people and HR Management in context. In addition, the core unit, Investigating a business issue from an HR perspective, comprises a management research report.
For the optional units, assessments differ from unit to unit - they range from traditional written assignments, to more practical skills demonstrations, or delivered presentations. None of the optional units are assessed by examination.
CIPD Flexible Learning+ programme
Each of the units that you study through CIPD Flexible Learning+ is made up of:
All of the programmes begin with a face-to-face induction day where you will:
- meet your facilitator and the rest of your study group, usually around a dozen people
- discuss your timetable for the programme along with any assignments or exams you are required to complete
- discuss with your facilitator how to set clear study goals and how best to achieve them
- get advice on how to structure your own personal study time
- begin sharing ideas with others in your study group.
Regular group workshops
You will attend a workshop approximately every four weeks, per module, and complete assessed work connected to each. The workshops are lively, interactive and practical with a strong focus on workplace application. Lunch and refreshments are provided too.
During your workshops your facilitator will guide you through practical exercises to develop your skills and help you to explore and discuss the theory behind principles and models.
The assessment activities at this Advanced Level are designed to equip you with the ability to apply learning in practice within your own organisation and your work role.
Support in between workshops
In between your group sessions your facilitator will be available when you need additional one-to-one support and guidance. You will be able to contact your facilitator directly by phone, email or through the online learning platform, even during evenings and weekends.
Learning from others
You’ll be able to network with other learners throughout your studies, face-to-face at the group workshops and online via the online learning platform – giving each other valuable support and advice and sharing your ideas and different perspectives. Our learners have told us how important this additional support is to them and how much it has benefited their studies.
Unlike many college-based courses, all you learning materials and online resources are provided as part of your study. Designed so they full complement each other, they are cross-referenced and easy to use to ensure you make the most of your own study time and that your learning experience is enjoyable and successful.
On successful completion of the programme you’ll be awarded the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma/Certificate in Human Resource Development. Successful completion of the Certificate leads to CIPD Associate Membership. Successful completion of the Diploma provides you with the knowledge required to work towards Chartered CIPD Membership.
- How to gain
The qualifications are made up of a number of core and optional units as listed in the content section above. The level of qualification you achieve will depend on how many units you complete.
- To complete the Diploma you will need to do four core units plus four optional units.
- To achieve the Certificate you need only complete four units.
CIPD Flexible Learning+ offers a unique blend of:
- Learning resources developed by CIPD Training. Unlike many college-based courses, all your learning resources are provided as part of your study. Designed so they fully complement each other, they are cross-referenced and easy to use to ensure you make the most of your own study time and that your learning experience is enjoyable and successful.
- Learner support is provided by leading CIPD qualification providers selected by CIPD Training to deliver CIPD Flexible Learning+ programmes.
- Practical face-to-face workshops - these are usually monthly.
- Personal facilitator support from current HR/L&D practitioners. – a dedicated online learning platform.
- Special features
CIPD Flexible Learning+
This qualification is delivered by CIPD Flexible Learning+ the enhanced learning programme from the CIPD's own learning delivery arm. CIPD Flexible Learning+ is a blended learning solution which gives you the best of all worlds. You will have the benefit of regular face-to-face workshops with a group of fellow learners as well as the opportunity to be flexible to undertake study in your own time through a dedicated online learning platform and complementary offline learning resources, with all the support you need from our dedicated facilitators.
Designed to fit around busy home and work lives
You can study how, where and when you want, fitting your study time around the rest of your life and work commitments. You only have to attend a workshop every four weeks or so – the rest of your time is yours to schedule as it suits you, and importantly, your work commitments.
First class tutor facilitators
Not only are all our trainers and facilitators experts in their respective fields, but they actually work in the areas they teach. We select them because they are passionate about learning and have proven their ability to facilitate top-quality training and bring that expertise to you. With in-depth knowledge, practical experience and excellent training facilitation skills, we can guarantee you that your trainer will be second to none.
Unlimited support from a personal tutor
You’ll benefit from the guidance and support of an expert facilitator who will be available to you via phone, email or through the dedicated online learning platform. You’ll also be able to network with other learners face to face at the group workshops and online via the online learning platform– giving each other valuable support and advice and sharing your ideas and different perspectives.
Unique learning resources designed for flexible learners
All your learning materials are provided as part of the programme. And importantly, we offer a variety of learning resources – workbooks, textbooks, online resources, podcasts/MP4s – to suit individual learning styles. Written so they fully complement each other, our resources are cross-referenced and easy to use to ensure you make the most of your study time and that your learning experience is enjoyable and successful.
Dedicated online learning platform
You will have access to a dedicated online learning platform. This site has been developed exclusively for students of the qualification and allows you to submit your assessments online and network with fellow learners. You’ll also find extensive online resources including factsheets, practical checklists, assignment guidance, CIPD surveys, full course materials and much more…
Practical and relevant to the workplace
This qualification has been designed in such a way that you can consider real issues from the workplace and develop practical solutions that you can implement back at work straight away.
By studying and successfully achieving an Advanced Level (7) CIPD qualification, you are demonstrating that you have the skills and drive to maximise your contribution to overall business performance and are committed to achieving the highest standard of professionalism in your career. The qualification will help you develop the practical skills and knowledge you need to advance your professional career and gain the professional recognition you deserve.
Route to Chartered level of professional membership
The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Level Certificate and Diploma offered by CIPD Flexible Learning+ are designed to reflect the CIPD HR Profession Map and professional membership criteria. If you successfully complete the full CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma, you will have achieved the knowledge requirement to work toward professional membership. If you then have the relevant work experience, you can apply for a membership assessment (assessing your workplace activities and behaviours). If successful, you will be upgraded to Chartered Member (MCIPD).
- Dates and fees
Full Up-front Qualification Fee £7,995 , Member fees: £7,995
The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Certificate and Diploma in HR Development is available nationally through CIPD Flexible Learning+, the enhanced flexible learning programme from the CIPD's own learning arm. The learner support elements of the programme are provided by leading CIPD qualification providers selected by CIPD's learning arm to deliver CIPD Flexible Learning+ programmes. As a result, the fees will vary according to centre.
Fees vary according to learning provider but as a guide are approximately:
- Certificate: £4,197 + VAT (taking one year to complete)
- Diploma: £7,995 + VAT (taking two years to complete)
Please visit the CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualifications by CIPD Flexible Learning+ site to find out more or call us on +44 (0)20 8612 6203 for further details.
Study locations and start dates
The CIPD qualification providers offer study venues right across the UK. Locations include:
Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Bromley, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Maidstone, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Nottingham, Reading and Southampton.
There are multiple start dates around spring, summer, autumn and winter, for all qualifications at each study venue throughout the year. With CIPD Flexible Learning+, you don't need to put off your studies until traditional, academic start dates.
How to apply
You must book your place on our Advanced level programmes directly with the learning provider. For more information, please call CIPD customer services team on +44 (0)20 8612 6203.
Glasgow, 14 February
Birmingham, 20 February
London, 27 February
Manchester, 28 February
London, 5 May
Manchester, 18 May
London, 13 June
Please call us on +44 (0)20 8612 6203 for details.