Get ahead in your L&D career with an online qualification

Join the qualification named Best Online Learning Programme 2016, Silver Award, by the Learning Technologies Awards!

  • Discover the latest practical skills and techniques you can apply at work
  • Understand L&D strategy and better align your L&D function with business goals
  • Get up to date with the latest thinking from industry experts
  • Experience digital, social and collaborative learning first-hand
  • Be better able to evaluate and prove the impact of L&D in your organisation
  • Option to pay in full or spread the cost with affordable monthly repayment plans

Stay at the forefront of your profession with the first fully online L&D qualifications. AVADO is CIPD Enterprises only official partner for online qualifications in HR and L&D and together we won Best Training Partnership at the Training Journal Awards 2016.


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Flexibility: “Completing my CIPD course online gives me the flexibility to work and learn at the same time.”
Confidence: “This qualification has given me the tools and insights I need and more confidence in my own ability.”
Easy to navigate: “The online campus is really good; easy to navigate and content is really easy to digest.”

Who is it for?

These online qualifications are internationally recognised and applicable to L&D professionals across the world in all sectors and organisations.

  • The Intermediate qualification's are right if you are an experienced L&D professional, trainer or L&D manager – choose between Certificate and Diploma
  • Our Intermediate Level Awards and Award Sets are perfect for gaining the latest practical skills in the specific areas you need.

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What can I expect?

Experience social and collaborative learning, and gain the confidence to apply this to your own organisation. 

Gain the skills and tools you need to transform your L&D function, influence strategic decisions and position yourself as a forward-thinking L&D professional.

With the CIPD's up-to-date L&D syllabus, you'll get the skills and knowledge you need.

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How will I learn?

Everything you need is online including:

  • Regular live online classes with expert practitioners and specialists
  • Inspiring sources including videos, animations, infographics and podcasts
  • Experience social and collaborative learning through forums and group projects
  • Track your progress throughout your studies

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Develop the most up to date L&D expertise and gain a professional qualification to build your career, whatever you level of experience.

CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in Learning and Development

Gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage the L&D business function with the Intermediate Certificate. Learn how to use metrics to build business cases and drive change in your organisation. It takes around 12 months to complete.

CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in Learning and Development

As an aspiring L&D leader, you can also choose to enhance your credibility with the full Intermediate Diploma in L&D, the most in-depth qualification at this level. Widen your breadth of L&D knowledge and gain the strategic knowledge to transform L&D in your organisation. It takes around 18 months to complete.

CIPD Level 5 Individual Awards and Award Sets

Enhance your knowledge and skills without the commitment of a full qualification. Choose from Individual Awards which can be completed in just eight weeks or get a more comprehensive solution with our sets of 3 Awards, completed in around 6 months.

“I wanted to gain a qualification that would make me more confident in my abilities and allow me to be more aware of the decisions I was making and the reasons behind those as well as learning about becoming an L&D professional.” 

Charlotte Lappin, Training and Development Co-ordinator, University of Nottingham Students' Union

Your success is our priority and we have built our programmes to ensure you get the most from your qualification and achieve your potential in your L&D career.

Personal tutor with you every step of the way

You will be assigned a personal tutor for your programme who will support you throughout. Your tutor is available to contact via phone, email and online so you can always get the help you need to achieve your qualification.

Fully online – no workshops or exams

Complete your programme entirely online from wherever you are – there are no face-to-face workshops to attend or exams to sit. You will complete an assessment at the end of each unit which you submit online for marking.

Exclusive access to L&D experts

Get inspired by thought-leaders and leading L&D specialists including exclusive content, interviews, videos, live online events, forums and the Future of Learning Hub.

Flexible payment options

Choose from a number of flexible payment plans, enabling you to spread the cost of your course in affordable monthly payments to suit your budget. Plus our price includes everything you need – there are no hidden costs.

“I have discovered new insights, been introduced to the latest research in L&D and have developed a new community of L&D professionals. I have already gained immense knowledge to better support our staff in their development.” 

Sumaya Hashim, Professional Development Unit Coordinator, RCSI Bahrain

Online study doesn’t mean you’ll be alone – we’ll be there every step of the way. You will be supported throughout your course by your lead tutor and community manager. Plus as part of a cohort you’ll benefit from synchronous learning with like-minded peers so you can build your network, as you would on a face to face programme, all in your own time and location.

Our mobile enabled virtual learning campus is the centre for all your learning resources, including:

  • Regular webinars and live online events with expert practitioners and specialists
  • Rich learning sources including videos, animations, infographics and podcasts
  • Learn about and apply the use of technology in L&D
  • Experience and benefit from social and collaborative learning with forums and group projects
  • Integrated course progression tracking
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AVADO is CIPD Enterprises only official partner for online qualifications in HR and L&D and together we won Best Training Partnership at the Training Journal Awards 2016. Benefit from the L&D expertise and cutting edge content of CIPD Enterprises, with the world class support and digital learning delivery from AVADO. 

The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development and has over 140,000 members internationally. AVADO is the UK's largest distance learning provider for professional qualifications, with an active online community of over 20,000 learners.


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