CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Learning and Development

Level: Intermediate   /   Suitable for in-house

Study with ultimate flexibility - 100% online


  • Explore the latest thinking in L&D and digital learning, embed it straight into your organisation and raise your profile at work
  • Stay current, credible and relevant as an L&D practitioner
  • Enhance your strategic mindset to align L&D with organisational goals
  • Earn insights and expertise to become a recognised L&D thought leader
  • Experience award-winning digital learning* from an award-winning partnership**
  • Gain associate membership of the CIPD, allowing you to use the designation Assoc CIPD after your name to showcase your credentials.


0% finance available

Book your HR or L&D Qualification and spread the cost over 12 monthly payments, interest-free*.

*Representative example for CIPD Foundation Certificate in HR Practice: Loan £2,445.00 over 12 months with 12 monthly payments of £203.75. The total amount repayable will be £2,595.00 which includes a deposit of £150.00. Click here for more representative examples and for full terms and conditions.


 CIPD Enterprises and AVADO have partnered to bring you the first fully online L&D qualifications. 

* Best Online Distance Learning Programme (Silver) 2016 Learning Technologies Awards | ** Best Training Partnership 2016 Training Journal Awards

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You can complete the Diploma, or complete the CIPD Level 5 Certificate in Learning and Development.



Start dates and how to enrol

  • Non-Member: £3,542 + VAT [About membership]
  • Member: £3,542 + VAT
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Regular start dates available


If you have any questions about qualifications and would like to speak to the CIPD, please call our customer services team on 020 8612 6202.


The programme will help you to implement cutting-edge L&D in your organisation.  You’ll acquire the very latest L&D knowledge and skills that you’ll need to transform L&D in your organisation.  You will enhance your career progression and earning potential and achieve your CIPD qualification in L&D to prove your credibility.  

Learning is entirely online, so you can study when and where suits you!

  • Be motivated by the experience, knowledge and insights of leading L&D expert practitioners
  • Enjoy support and guidance from our expert team of tutors and community managers as you learn
  • Benefit from a rich learning experience as you network and discuss learning points with L&D practitioners from a range of backgrounds.

Achieve CIPD Professional Membership

Successful completion leads to Associate membership of the CIPD. Associate membership is the first level of professional membership of the CIPD, and allows you to use the designation Assoc CIPD after your name to showcase your credentials. It’s an achievement that makes you stand out in your career and is respected and valued by employers. It also emphasises your commitment to continuing professional development and a desire to stay current. 

About CIPD Enterprises and AVADO

CIPD Enterprises and AVADO have exclusively partnered to bring you 100% online CIPD qualifications in HR and L&D. This is a partnership you can trust to provide you with a leading-edge online learning experience. You’ll learn through social and collaborative techniques and technology and gain the confidence to apply this in your own organisation.

  • AVADO is the UK’s largest online provider for professional qualifications. Their online training courses are award-winning, cutting edge and interactive
  • Learn online flexibly where and when you want
  • No mandatory workshops to attend.

Please note that your details will be passed to our partner, AVADO, who deliver this qualification so they can contact you about the programme. For your security and peace of mind, CIPD and its subsidiaries will not supply your details to any other organisation for marketing purposes. By submitting this request you confirm that you agree to the use of your information as set out in our privacy policy and agree to our terms and conditions of use.

Who is it for

The qualifications are for L&D practitioners at all levels. If you’re looking to progress in your L&D career, develop the most up to date L&D expertise and gain a professional qualification, this is the programme for you.


  • You may be at an early stage in your L&D career and looking to understand the context of L&D, and how to design and develop digital and blended learning solutions
  • If you have a few years’ experience, you can gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage the L&D business function, use metrics to build business cases for L&D and develop your organisation’s leaders and managers
  • If you’re an experienced L&D professional, you can get the very latest L&D updates and explore new ways to lead L&D initiatives. Plus, develop your expertise in newer areas of L&D including social and collaborative learning
  • These qualifications are also suitable if you are transferring careers (i.e. from teaching), elsewhere in HR and other training environments.  Call us to find out if this qualification is for you.
  • Apply the latest L&D research and thinking in your role
  • Demonstrate a sound theoretical basis that underpins your practice
  • Experience digital and social collaborative approaches to learning
  • Understand creative digital learning design and delivery methods that you can replicate
  • Enhance your career prospects with a recognised professional qualification
  • Gain Associate membership of the CIPD to enhance your professional standing and profile
  • Establish on going networking contacts and opportunities both online and through CIPD branches
  • Engage in CIPD’s “Future of Learning” forum to keep informed of latest research and thinking.

Our Diploma includes all five mandatory units listed below, plus two optional units.  Each unit takes approximately 8 weeks to complete, including the assessment.


Our mandatory units:


Designing and developing digital and blended learning solutions

This unit will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to understand current digital technologies and their contribution to learning and development solutions.  You’ll discover how to design blended learning solutions that make appropriate use of new technologies alongside more traditional approaches, and deliver engaging and effective digital content.  You will understand the issues involved in the successful implementation of digital and blended learning solutions. 


Developing professional practice in L&D

The aim of this unit is to familiarise you with current trends and practices in L&D, enabling you to develop a sound understanding of the core knowledge, skills and behaviours required by L&D professionals.

You’ll consider issues including work management, project management, creative problem-solving, teamwork and building effective professional relationships. And be able to identify development objectives, and devise and implement a plan for CPD.


Evaluating L&D in knowledge economy

The purpose of this unit is to develop your understanding of the evaluation of learning and development (L&D) within a business and knowledge economy.  You’ll understand the purpose of evaluation, and explore different tools and techniques for evaluating L&D activities.  The unit explores the challenges of evaluating L&D within a knowledge economy and how you can maximise the value of L&D within your organisation.


Understanding the context of L&D

You’ll explore, understand and analyse a range of factors (internal and external) which form the context of learning and development (L&D) practice.   You’ll be able to analyse the key factors influencing achievement of strategic objectives in varying organisation contexts and their impact on learning and development policies and practice.   You will then be able to position L&D policies and activities to achieve organisational strategic aims in a variety of contexts. 


Using information, metrics and developing business cases for L&D

This unit develops your understanding of how information and metrics are used in contemporary practice, and how to construct a solid business case built on valid metrics and evidence.  This unit will develop your knowledge and skills in identifying and reviewing data sources, analysing the findings, drawing conclusions and making recommendations.  You’ll explore how research can improve understanding, aid decision-making and provide the basis for a change in practice. 

You will need to select two from the following optional units.  Please note that further units will be added later in the year.

Developing leadership and management skills

The purpose of this unit is to understand and analyse the critical role of L&D in leadership and management development, and to understand the differences between the leadership and management.  You will explore the different approaches to developing leaders and managers, and how to ensure the ownership and success of leadership and management development programmes.


Enhancing participant engagement in the learning process

 You’ll develop your knowledge and understanding of how to maximise participant engagement throughout the learning process, and analyse classical and contemporary theories and models.  You’ll explore the neuroscience and psychology of motivation, learning and change and how these can be used to inform practice.  You will develop your ability to plan, manage and deliver learning that meets the needs of learners and stakeholders, underpinned by relevant psychological theories and research.


Facilitating collective and social learning

This unit explores both collective and social learning and the nature and impact of both within the workplace.  You’ll investigate different models of collective and social learning and how these feed into organisational learning objectives, and the implications of social media tools and e-learning technologies.   You will gain a solid understanding of the benefits and challenges of facilitating collective and social learning.


Managing the L&D business function

You’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to manage and co-ordinate the business of L&D, and the evolving nature and purpose of the L&D function.  You’ll explore the different models of delivering L&D solutions and the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for different L&D job roles, especially those required to manage and co-ordinate the function effectively, L&D strategy development and the management of the L&D team. 

On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in Learning and Development. The qualification is accredited by the CIPD and is on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) at level 5. Successful completion leads to Associate membership of the CIPD. Associate membership is the first level of professional membership of the CIPD, and allows you to use the designation Assoc CIPD after your name to showcase your credentials.
How to gain

To gain the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Level Diploma in Learning and Development with CIPD Training/Home Learning College, you must successfully complete the five programme units plus two optional units.


For each of the seven units, you need to complete and fully participate in each unit.


  • Each unit is 8 weeks long, inclusive of one study week in the middle, one assessment week at the end, and 3-5 live classes (dependent on unit)
  • As a guide, each unit = 6 credits, 60 learning hours (30 guided) during the 8 weeks
  • You must successfully pass the assessment for each unit (assessments are on a pass/fail/basis, with one chance to resubmit).  Each unit is a stand alone programme.


  • All assessments will fall under these three types and are submitted and marked through the Virtual Campus:
    • Project: Learners work towards producing one digital project. This is submitted and marked
    • Portfolio: Learners submit several digital artefacts over the course of the unit
    • Event: Learners work towards, carry out, then reflect on a real-world action. Learners submit evidence of the preparation, the actual event  and reflection, with expert witness testimonial.


You will also be required to complete the mandatory unit ‘Future of Learning’. 


There are no examinations for this qualification.


Please note that you are required to become a Student member of the CIPD at the start of your qualification.  As well as giving you instant access to resources that will help you in your studies and at work, you’ll also benefit from numerous networking opportunities and some great discounts.

Special features
  • Benefit from unique content from CIPD experts with cutting edge online learning techniques – exclusive partnership between CIPD Enterprises and AVADO
  • Flexible programme allowing you to study when, how and where you want
  • No exams, no face-to-face workshops
  • Mobile enabled virtual learning campus includes fantastic resources
  • Regular webinars and live online events with expert practitioners and specialists
  • Videos, animations, infographics and podcasts
  • Social and collaborative learning, including forums and virtual group work
  • Lively online communities
  • Access to additional learning resources for a rich learning experience.


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Dates and fees

Full Up-front Qualification Fee £3,542 + VAT, Member fees: £3,542 + VAT

  • Non-Member: £3,542 + VAT [About membership]
  • Member: £3,542 + VAT
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Regular start dates available


If you have any questions about qualifications and would like to speak to the CIPD, please call our customer services team on 020 8612 6202.

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